Lawson Grove Shop
The basement that lies beneath South Yarra’s Warrick House formally acted as a communal kitchen and convenience store known as Lawson Grove Shop. Since Terry Strudwick and Benjamin Canavan transformed this humble shop into a charming cafe, Lawson Grove Shop has been one of Melbourne’s cafe hotspots.
The blackboard that sits in front of the open kitchen offers daily specials ranging from luscious salads, dense fritters and warming soups. Lining the back wall of this cosy basement are large fridges containing products and ready-made dishes to take away. Here you can pick up a thick portion of hand-cut bacon, a litre of milk or take home curries and pies made in their kitchen.
For those with a sweet tooth, look no further than the cabinet bursting with delicious treats in the form of mini cakes, brownies and muffins that can all be washed down with your preferred coffee bean.
It seems that while this space has had a significant revamp over the years, Strudwick and Canavan have ensured that the Lawson Grove Shop continues to satisfy as a simple convenience store/cafe for walk-in customers and as somewhere for Warwick residents to drop in when they need a cup of sugar.