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Published May 11th 2017
Tea, coffee and light meals on the Rockingham Foreshore
Having visited just about every park and playground in my home suburb of Cockburn (no jokes please) I've had to venture further out of my way to Rockingham for new places to take my almost two year old.
This week we visited The Tea and Coffee Merchant, conveniently located opposite the Rockingham Foreshore and Bell Park, which has lots of bits of play equipment for the kids.
We had a play in the park first before it was time for an early lunch. My toddler chose a table inside after we'd ordered at the counter. Goodness, what happened to my baby who used to sit in the high chair? You can sit inside, or outside, as the cafe has an alfresco area facing the foreshore.
Even though it was microwaved, the scrambled egg was still deliciously soft and fluffy, while the toast was, well, toasted. And nicely done too. It was a simple meal that was well received and didn't last too long on the plate.
When my toddler had a meltdown, it was time to go. There was screaming and kicking on the floor as I tried to bribe an older couple to take her home with them. Not surprisingly, they refused.
You'll find other Tea and Coffee Merchant franchises in Floreat, Kalamunda and Mandurah, although it doesn't feel like a chain franchise in the same way that Dome Café or the Coffee Club does. I found the staff a lot friendlier than the big coffee chains and the service was top quality.
They serve breakfast all day and also have a lunch menu, which has lots of variety, including lasagne, burgers, sandwiches and light meals.
Just part of the park and playground opposite the cafe.