Lilyfield in Sydney’s inner west already boasts a number of things to do. This relatively small suburb is home to the busy Orange Grove Market on Saturdays, the picturesque, seven-kilometre Bay Run and the rolling gardens and hidden parks – all reasons enough to head out of the city’s inner circle. However, if you’re still in need of motivation to visit Lilyfield, perhaps the team at The Local Press cafe and roastery can lure you in.
Housed in a light-filled and sunny corner space on Balmain Road, The Local Press serves breakfast, lunch and coffee that it roasts itself. “Our blend is based on Central American and African beans, and we incorporate some monsooned Arabica beans [beans which have been exposed to the local damp monsoon winds, which decrease their acidity and] add to the depth of flavour and its full body,” says owner Alex Ververis. While roasting is presently taking place elsewhere, Ververis explains, “As of early February we begin roasting on site again with our new Has Garanti five-kilogram drum roaster.” The cafe has asked its clientele to name the baby-sized roaster via a competition whose winner will be announced on Australia Day.
The Local Press menu is simple and seasonal with a focus on locally sourced produce. Once Revolver and now Little Indi chef Rebecca Chippington collaborated with Ververis to shape the menu, and helps out in the kitchen on Saturdays and Mondays. For breakfast we suggest buckwheat pancakes with sweet ricotta, fresh mango and pepita clusters. Then, return at lunchtime for a lamb burger with mint, tzatziki and roast tomato.