Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published October 13th 2016
Update March 20th 2018
This venue is permanently closed and no longer trading.
Old Times, New Times, Good Times
Here's a place that makes you feel right at home. It's funky and quaint. The colours of yesteryear are so happy and vivid. Scents of home baking and coffee fill the air.
Martin made us welcome when we walked in the door. Soon we were seated with steaming coffees, and pondering the menu. Caught between breakfast and lunch we settled on two cakes from the glass counter to share - Cinnamon Teacake and Carrot Cake.
All-day breakfast is on the menu or you might choose a freshly made salad, burger or doorstop. All the food is made on the premises by chef Andy. It's one of the reasons The Vintage Bean smells so good. Owner Jo Field was happy to tell me about her dream to own a café and the long search to find the perfect location.
The Vintage Bean is situated on the corner of two McLaren Vale streets - Main and Field. Where Jo spotted the sign for Field Street she knew...'it was a sign!' we said in unison. The little shop now has its eyes open to the world. The beautiful big panes of glass have been uncovered from stickers and benches. There are cosy chairs with crocheted rugs to sit and watch the world go by.
The Vintage Bean is decorated with an eye for colour combinations, vintage appeal and warm memories. The telephone belonged to Jo's Grandma and was in use until recent times.
Everywhere familiar items gather together and spark 'Do you remember?' conversations. The anodised tumblers brought back memories of childhood car trips. The blue-pattern Corning Ware was right out of Mum's kitchen.
As I watched some girls play Pac-Man, the theme for The Brady Bunch started playing in my head. It was soon over-ridden by 'meet George Jetson'.
Colourful, retro touches are everywhere. They make great talking points. The Vintage Bean is licensed and there are special deals on wine with lunch. They serve a range of 12 different organic teas. Coffee is roasted on the premises and they offer two different roasts, one of which is organic.
Tables and chairs outside cater for dog walkers. Jo and Martin are dog lovers who collect donations for a local dog shelter.
I look forward to sampling the all day breakfast when next I've been to The Vintage Bean.