A freelance writer who lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie - owned by two adorable, very cheeky, spoooilt Labradors.
Published March 9th 2016
Where to have a 'pup-with-cino'
"Easy like Sunday morning" (as Lionel Richie would say) - only it's...Saturday, or Tuesday or...
If the pretty little twisty drive (approximately 40 minutes from both the Newcastle and Central Coast areas, not too far, but perfectly far enough) doesn't hypnotise you and settle those pesky pent up weekday nerves - then Wangi's quaint Vita Café' and Restaurant with its charming vibe and house made goodies could quite possibly do the trick.
A self-professed lover of all of the 'lovelier', humble and wholesome things in life such as proper, tasty and dearly prepared food (refreshingly accompanied by 'slightly salted' side-serving-gulps of quiet Lake Macquarie air) whilst all being conveniently set within an idyllic and seemingly painted 'lakescape' with its fifty shades of moody blues (depending on the weather and/or time/and where you are situated) - this dining experience/potential day trip is sure appointed to rhythmically lap at the shores of your heart also.
Blue on blue. Public jetty across from Wangi Caravan Park
One snug indoor breakfast consisted, seamlessly, of toasted sour dough egg and bacon sandwiches with green tomato chutney (it's those 'relishing' details which make all the difference to me), two cappuccinos and an aptly proportioned orange and almond gluten-free cake with ice cream to share for our breakfast dessert - all reasonably priced, with our total bill for two coming in at under $40. Content. Our most recent puppy pit-stop quenched our thirst for 2 cuppas and an apple and pear strudel to share.
The biggest tick though might have to be left for my fellow pooch lovers and indeed their pooches. Bug-a-lugs (x 2 in my instance) were/are more than welcome in the front outdoor eating area (with water bowl provided) - the ideal spot for two inquisitive Labradors to relax and ponder the village's 'goings-on'. An alternate 'pondering provision' however (for the less furry folk, and for those who may have an appreciation for artworks) would be the array of able-to-be-purchased paintings which palatably adorn the cafe's indoor walls. Just another reason to make me, an already grateful local, smile:
And I'm pretty sure this place may just make yours creep up on you too.
P.s Once you've finished dining, why not keep driving up to the other end of Watkins Road and enjoy an abundance of lake views. Stop off at the pleasing-on-the-eye Wangi Lakeside Holiday Park (complete with children's play equipment) and go for a walk, maybe get up close and personal with some pelicans lakeside (sorry, dogs not permitted here). If you keep driving up through the Lakeside Holiday park (minding the speed bumps) and loop back around, you will eventually come to the spacious William Dobell Park where you could let the kids (whether they be the 2 or 4 legged kind) out to stretch his/her legs or maybe sniff out some smells on the jetty.