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Published June 20th 2017
Red Hill Crafted Cafe
Introducing The Little Red Providore If a providore is a provider, then this Red Hill cafe certainly lives up to its name. It provides a warm, inviting space (with a rural, French-inspired ambience) to meet with friends. It provides great food and coffee. And it also provides a place to stay with onsite, short term rental accommodation. In past lives, this 140-year-old building on Windsor Road was an antique lighting store before its more recent transformation into the eatery. Today, the matte black painted building has taken on a new persona as The Little Red Providore.
On the day of my visit, I recognised owners Janelle and Glen Mogridge formerly of Soul Pantry, where along with the neighbouring florist and homewares store, they operated a café out of a shipping container. This new venture is more adventurous but still offers friendly service and even more space for this lovely team to broaden its menu.
The herb garden
What can I find on the menu? In terms of food offerings, The Little Red Providore menu includes artisan bread, gourmet pastries, salads and light meals. On a chilly (well, Brisbane chilly) winters day, I was pleased to see potato, cauliflower, bacon and sour cream soup on the menu alongside vegetarian ratatouille lasagne ($14), and pulled chicken and coconut curry ($16). Pot belly pies with salad ($10/15) sounded like a delicious lunch choice after sampling the croquet monsieur/madame ($12/14). Did I mention that the Little Red Providore serves Tobys Estate coffee?
Grab some lunch Photo courtesy Little Red Providore Facebook Page
With an eye on original creative products, the café features an Artisan of the Month where artistic works are featured along with a short blackboard story about the artist.
What is the venue like? With pooch by my side, we opted to wander down the black stairways to the second floor and grab a table in the outdoor courtyard to enjoy our chai latte ($4) and pie. The team were very welcoming and accommodating of my furry friend which was so nice. With a backdrop of rustic brick and pavings, the courtyard was delightful featuring terracotta pots, a herb cart and classic white washing tubs.
The furnishings on the curbside are simple and relaxed with low to the ground industrial stools and tables. Inside seating continues with the rural, cottage theme with wooden tables and chairs and a window bench. It has even retained the original fireplace at the back of the shop. For visitors to Brisbane or those looking to escape for a while, guests can stay in the 2 bedroom "The Coachhouse on the Hill" at the back of the shop which is listed for short term stays on Airbnb.
What were my "Standouts"? The Little Red Providore has a strong sense of community and has introduced "Locals Night" every 4-6 weeks where neighbours can drop by and meet. The venue has private, enclosed events spaces with full catering options available.As well as hosting events in the café, and featuring the works of local artists and designers, it is clearly more than just a café.
Is there anything else worth noting?
Street parking is available in Windsor Road but it does get busy and spaces are at a premium. If opting for public transport, the 373 bus stops in Windsor Road.