I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published November 28th 2011
We stopped for breakfast (rather a hangover cure) at this beautiful café on route to the Yarra Valley. Yes that's right, hung over and heading TO the Yarra Valley. With friends visiting from interstate, when in Rome as they say. We sat outside, breathing in the fresh country air, with birdsong in the background and food made fresh from scratch awaited us.
Expecting a café, we were surprised to find rooms filled with antiques for sale. You can find wooden clocks and chests of drawers, china and silver tea sets and decorative ceramic plates here, sourced from Australia and overseas. Unfortunately, antiques weren't on our mind that early on a Saturday morning, as we weaved through rooms to the cafe. Food, or rather, anything to soak up the alcohol, was our mission.
There was no greasy egg and bacon sandwiches here but gourmet offerings. Eggs still seemed like the best way to line the stomach.
Ben and I chose scrambled eggs that were served with parsley and came on a thick slice of Ciabatta bread. You could tell from the colour of the eggs that they were fresh and free range. A large, milky latte served in a mug had the caffeine hit my body craved.
Rox, who had eaten here on several occasions, knew what she was having long before we'd arrived. Despite it being 9am, a Devonshire tea was her choice of breakfast. Two perfectly fluffy scones were dusted with icing sugar and served on a dainty china plate. They were served alongside a bowl of raspberry jam (homemade, evident from the visible seeds, bright ruby colour and soft consistency as opposed to jelly) and thick cream. The tea also came in a tea pot with a cup and saucer. The crockery was intentionally mismatched which added to the antique feel of the café.
It was one of the most delightful breakfasts I've had. The combination of a freshly prepared meal, surrounded by antiques on one side and nature on the other, ensured the symptoms of my hang over were long forgotten. That was, until we got back in the car and continued our journey to the wine capital of Victoria.