The Marsden Brewhouse

Cnr Richmond Rd & Hawthorn Ave, Marsden Park

We recently took ourselves off to vsit The Marsden Brewhouse, as we’d heard so many great things about the kids play area. And it’s so fantastic!

You can sit outside undercover at some tables, grab a coffee, and let the kids go and play. We were there late morning, and as they don’t offer a brunch menu, we had coffee, hot chocolate & some yummy chocolate waffles with hazelnut fairy floss – it was delicious! There’s also some baked cookies and small sweets you can have with your coffee too.

The play area has a wooden cabin style cubby house, several large climbing structures with slides for different age groups, flying fox, a tunnel and hills to climb over, swings and a cute little bridge. There are some shade sails, but most of the play area is not undercover.

The Marsden is a lovely venue, so there’s clean toilet facilities, and if you want to stay for lunch, they have a great lunch menu.

Make sure you head along and tick this one off your list!

Caffe 2773 @ Glenbrook

Our trip to visit Cafe 2773 in Glenbrook was such a nice surprise! We had heard wonderful things about this great cafe, but it’s another thing to experience it first hand. It’s INCREDIBLY FAMILY FRIENDLY, which is so nice as not all cafe’s are. All local organic produce it used in their meals, and you can tell as they’re so unbelievably tasty!

The coffee was delicious, and the cafe overall has a really nice feel vintage about it. You can really take a moment to relax and unwind, as they have taken care of the kids too! There’s a great little play area with a slide and cubby house, and it also has a petting zoo including miniature pigs, chickens and ducks. The cafe also has their own picnic rugs, so you can just grab one and sit out on the grass if you want to be closer to watch the kids.

Sunday afternoon they have live music if this is your thing, it really is a place to realx and enjoy yummy food from great chefs. This is one cafe we definitley recommend you drive to visit!


Clarendon Tavern/Hot Rok Grill

244 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon

We recently visited Clarendon Tavern, and had dinner at the HotRok Bar & Grill. It’s a great little restaurant, prices are reasonable, and the main meals were a great size, and very tasty. The kids meals are huge, and only $10 with free ice cream! Great value for money, and great for families. It does get busy around 7pm, so go early if you want to miss the rush.

Inside the grill, it has a nice feel, with a wall full of greenery. It’s casual and relaxed, and the staff were lovely. The Clarendon Tavern is a great place for get togethers, and parties too, as you can have lunch or dinner, then head into the back of the tavern area, where there’s a beer garden, games room and new playround area for the kids. It’s nice and spacious, so the adults can relax and still watch the kiddies. The games area is fantastic for older kids, it will keep them occupied whilst you have a wine or two! Of a night, there’s lots of fairy lights outside, so it has a nice feel to it.

They really have catered here for couples, families and kiddies, which is nice and it’s great for everyone. It’s been done up more recently, and overall is one of our recommended places to visit.

Slow Cooked Steak Diane Casserole – Recipe

A SIMPLE, EASY TO PREPARE, TASTY MEAL FOR THE FAMILY

I find that I tend to get out the slow cooker mainly in winter, and it’s the best time of year to cook up something hearty and tasty. Instead of frying or BBQing up steak, why not try this yummy Stead Diane Casserole.

Suitable to feed 2 adults, 2 young children (if you have older children (especially hungry boys), add another piece of steak)

Ingredients:
Vegetable Oil
600g (approx 3 pieces) of steak (I used Porterhouse, but Scotch Fillet or Eye Fillet will also be suitablle)
1 TBSP plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
A sprinkle of pepper
1 large onion
2 cloves or garlic or 4 TBSP of minced garlic
1 TBSP tomato paste
3 TBSP Worcesteshire sauce
300ml Beef stock
40ml thickened cream

Instructions:
– Peel onion and dice
– Heat the oil in a large frypan
– Dice up the steak into large chunks
– In a bowl, add in the meat, flour, salt & pepper
– In the frypan, lightly brown the steak on each side (don’t over cook)
– Once browned, add the steak to the slow cooker
– Add in the beef stock, garlic, tomato paste, & worcesteshire sauce
– Stir, and add lid
– Cook on high for 2.5 hours
– After 2.5 hours, add the thickened cream. Stir through, then serve with mash potato & vegetables on the side

The meat will be so tender, and the sauce will be tasty and creamy. This meal is so easy, and full of flavour, even the kids will love it!

The Village Kitchen

83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong

The pretty village of Kurrajong is well worth a visit, and has some great quaint boutique shops which are lovely to stroll through on a winter’s morning. We took a visit for a morning coffee to The Village Kitchen. The staff were very welcoming, and the cafe has a large open feel, with stunning views from their balcony. You can sit inside or outside, and they have a lovely warm fireplace too.

The coffee was nice, and we went for breakfast and found the meals to be large for the price, very tasty and good value.

This is definitely a cafe you should stop by!

Parks & Coffee – The Perfect Combo for Mums

Cafe’s next to play areas – within walking distance
We all love to keep the kids busy by taking them to a local park. But wouldn’t it be great to grab a quick cuppa to take with you to the park, and not have to stop multiple times, getting the kids in and out of the car? Read more…