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The Old Bullock Dray Cafe Bar & Grill

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published August 17th 2019
The only bull here is on the menu
The Old Bullock Dray Café Bar & Grill.
278 Maroondah Highway,

Melways Map: 270 C.12.
Hours. Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8. am. till late.
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Café sign
Where we are.

I like cafes with interesting names and The Old Bullock Dray sounded an interesting venue for my ritual morning coffee while wandering along Healesville's main street.

Fire sign
An enticing sign on a cold day.

It is small, but you could still fit several bullock drays in it, if you left out the bullocks, although they could be on the menu.

Café interior
The main dining area.

I visited on a cold winter's morning and on entering I was greeted by the warm, cosy atmosphere courtesy of a wood heater. Just the ambience for enjoying a hot coffee and favourite toasted bacon sandwich.

As advertised.

My sandwich and coffee both arrived at the same time. Extra brownie points for that. The coffee was hot and my sandwich was what I called moist, buttered on both sides. Lovely.

Coffee & sandwich
My coffee & sandwich.

A nearby table of four came in for a late breakfast and judging by the size of their meals they must have ordered the big breakfast. On seeing their meal their eyes lit up and their smiles were nearly as big as their meal.

business card
The bullock dray is on the business card.

I only observed two staff, owner Fill and cook Mathew, both very friendly and good for a chat. I noted twelve other diners during my coffee break and none of us had to wait very long for our order.

Pancakes & bacon.
Pancakes & bacon were popular.

Their menu is quite extensive, catering for kids and vegetarians alike. A specials board supplemented the printed menu.

Specials board
The specials board.

Fill said he had been operating for five and a half years and he still seemed as enthusiastic as he would have been on his first day.

Fill, owner, manager and barista.

Mathew was just as enthusiastic while having a chat as he prepared a dish for a customer. He didn't mind the intrusion of my camera into his 'office'.

Tray of pies.
Mathew with a tray of freshly baked pies.

Alfresco dining is available under the front veranda or kerbside among the kerbside greenery.

Alfresco dining
Alfresco dining.

There are numerous eateries in Healesville and The Old Bullock Dray would be a good choice to hitch your transport to on your way to the Healesville Sanctuary.

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Thanks for this review Neil. the Bulloch dray has now changed its name to Professor and the Pigeon with a new owner, but still the same staff making all the food in house, including the wonderful Pies.
by profe (score: 0|4) 326 days ago
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