It might look a little like a caravan neatly parked between the other buildings, but that’s exactly the kind of impression that Left Bower cafe hopes to make. The work of the Hart family (also responsible for The Jack of Harts and Jude in Engadine), it’s all about Australian-grown coffee beans here. Selected from farms on the east coast of Australia by brothers Owen and Rhys Hart, the quality of the beans is something the pair is passionate about. Sisters Jess and Kate are responsible for the beautiful array of cakes and bakery treats and dad John can be found lending a hand wherever necessary.
Inside Left Bower, the caravan illusion continues, with 1950s-style laminate tables, a little line of cupboards above the coffee station that mimics a caravan’s interior and plenty of crockery from the same era. It gives the whole place a kind of beachside retreat feel, as though you might step out and find sand dunes and the beach right outside your door.
The menu is certainly up a notch from what you might expect on a van trip though, including smoked salmon on rye with poached eggs and foraged greens: "not quite hummus" smashed chickpeas with yoghurt, eggs and harissa or sherry vinegar; and honey-glazed chorizo and eggs served with sourdough and gremolata.
The family know the regulars and locals and there’s a real sense of community here. And once you’ve taken a load off, you’ll certainly wish you were stretching it out with a caravanning holiday.
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