The Farm Cafe
Pip and Tom Hay met as students, when they volunteered their weekends at the small freehold of the Collingwood Children’s Farm neighbouring the Abbotsford Convent. They stuffed an espresso machine in the boot of their car, unfolded a trestle table and so began The Farm Cafe.
Now, the Hays' trestle-table-and-scone operation remains only in spirit. With a classy (though suitably rustic) renovation, it’s morphed into a full-service cafe.
This transformation is evident in dishes such as Farmer's Breakfast, a no-nonsense plate of bacon, eggs, pork sausage, potato cake, roasted tomato, mushrooms and toast.
Lighter meals include caramel banana bread with baked pears; thyme-roasted mushrooms on polenta; muesli; and an antioxidant-rich salad.
Things may have changed at The Farm Cafe, but mercifully much remains the same. A massive peacock leers down at its territory; chickens scratch beneath the tables; and it’s rare a dog isn’t scampering around.
The Hays still love the Collingwood Children’s Farm (they even got married in the paddock). You’ll love it, too.
*The Farms Cafe opens at 8am on Farmers Market Days, which run on the second Saturday of the month.
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