The atmosphere inside Gardiner and Field is electric, as owners Jess Feldy and Nick Gardiner rush between the coffee machine and the door, making coffees and swiftly greeting customers with welcoming grins.
This is the boys’ first shot at running their own cafe, but they’ve clocked up enough experience in the industry to know what’s going on. Feldy previously worked at 30 Mill and Gardiner at The Maling Room in Canterbury.
From the outside, Gardiner and Field almost still looks like a local milk bar. Once inside, you’re greeted with crisp white walls and navy coloured chairs sitting neatly beneath compact tables. The combination of well placed down lights and big windows fills the space with plenty of light to read the morning paper by. Daffodils in tiny medicine flasks sit atop each table and several more hang from a fragile tree branch in the front window.
When it comes to the menu, Gardiner and Field are all about trying different things whilst keeping the menu fresh and healthy. Chef Georgie Tulley has developed a range of healthy spread options and even lunch packs available for those on the run or who fancy enjoying their lunch in the nearby park or at their desk. Packs include a sandwich, salad and sweet treat.
From spiced quinoa, pumpkin and chickpea fritters with flatbread, spiced yoghurt, coriander and poached eggs, to baked rhubarb and strawberries rolled in French toast tortillas with orange, mint and a sprinkle of granola, the breakfast selection will satisfy any hungry tummy.
With a warm welcoming atmosphere and innovative menu, Gardiner and Field has become a local Armadale favourite.