Before Shane Warne undertook his recent physical transformation, he was renowned for his, dare I say, generous girth. I'm not sure how long they have been serving the 'Warnies Works Beef Burger' at Warnies Café, but I couldn't help but think that it was a tribute to the rotund Warnie of old. Beholding this very generous serving, you can see that anyone who had one of these humongous burgers every day, would end up looking like the chunky and wide Warnie we all use to know and love.
Alas, the large open burger I'm eating has very little to do with the former champion leg spinner. I'm in Warnervale on the central coast, north of Sydney. The 'Warnie' is the local general store and café. Not surprisingly, it's very popular, probably because it's the only place in town and it's situated opposite the Warnervale railway station.
The historic building was apparently the former house of the Warnervale station master and family and has had various incarnations before being reborn as Warnies café.
Luckily for my less than famished dining companions, the Warnie offers more than massive burgers. Homemade soups, focaccias, chicken schnitzel, all day breakfasts, cakes and scones are available all day from the busy kitchen. Train spotters (or nutters) can sit outdoors and watch the passing parade of kilometre long freight trains and check that the local and inner city trains are keeping to timetable.
I manage to clear my plate of all traces of the tasty 'Warnie Works' and feel that dinner might not be required tonight. But in the end, I can't help feeling a little disappointed that this place is not part of a franchise of a Warnies restaurant chain, a gastronomical homage to the legendary tweeker and wicket taker, which is a bit of a Shane.