A new cafe opening in a suburb without a cafe definitely sparks an interest. But when it’s family-friendly, it’s certainly worth getting very excited about! And after hearing great things about Courtyard Dining & Espresso, that opened late May, we headed off on Sunday morning to check it for breakfast. And it lived up to all the good things we had heard and then some. Plus we have been made a few times since and always leave happy!
The service is very friendly, kids are given colouring in, there’s a kids menu, high chairs, colourful warm decor and delicious wholesome food.
The lunch selection is also delicious. I particularly like the Fattoush Salad. And the Chicken Burger is a great ‘lack of sleep’ pick me up!
We haven’t tried the babycino yet but hear from friends it’s a great one, with marshmallow and fairy floss for $1!
On top of all this, they are also a responsible cafe! Courtyard Dining & Espresso offer either a $0.50 discount or double stamp on your loyalty card when you use your keep cup for take away coffee.
Now don’t let the ‘courtyard’ in their name fool you, there isn’t a traditional courtyard. But they have brought a courtyard feel into the cafe and there is outdoor seating.
There is definitely room for prams outside and a ramp to the left of the cafe. Inside would be a bit tight for prams, though not impossible. There is a nice toilet past the kitchen. And they have recently installed a baby change table.
We have it on good authority that something special for kids is being installed next year. And they closed in October to do some renos, including putting in bench seating down each side. You have to love a local business that listens to its customers and keeps trying to improve itself!
An interesting, fun fact we learnt recently is that part of the team behind Courtyard Dining & Espresso also run the yummy bistro at West Pennant Hills Sports Club, which has a new kids play area.
Courtyard Dining & Espresso is open:
- Monday to Friday – 6am to 3pm
- Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 2:30pm
Now before/ after you have enjoy a yummy breakfast or lunch, there’s the option of popping around to Elizabeth Macarthur Park or Homelands Reserve for a play. Heading off on a little bushwalk along Vineyard Creek Reserve. Or visiting the Dundas Branch Library. Definitely makes for a great outing with kids and I know this will become a regular for us, particularly seeing we can easily catch the train up from Dundas!
Nearby Playground at Elizabeth Macarthur Park
If you walk north along Telopea Street, for about 200m, you will see a path off to the left into Elizabeth Macarthur Park. Walk over the bridge, and along the path for about 80m. You will reach the playground up on the other side of Vineyard Creek. It is best suited for kids 3-8yrs, but with swings, synthetic grass, climbing play gym with a shop underneath and monkey bars, will keep a range of kids entertained for a bit.
Nearby Playground at Homelands Reserve
If you keep walking north along Telopea Street, past Elizabeth Macarthur Park for another 350m, you will get to this fun playground great for young monkeys and climbers. It is scheduled to get an upgrade in 2018/19, but not sure exactly when. There is also a new exercise station, where you could burn off your yummy lunch!
Nearby Bushwalk at Vineyard Creek Reserve
You can join the Vineyard Creek Reserve bushwalk, at either Elizabeth Macarthur Park (then go south-west) or from Roberts Street (and south for the main walk or go north-east to Elizabeth Macarthur Park). This walk goes all the way down to Kissing Point Road, through Fred Robertson Reserve and passed the Bells Road Social cafe. So you could start with breakfast/ brunch at one cafe. And finish at the other, for lunch/ snack, and then walk back or catch the train.
Dundas Library Branch
On the other side of the train line, just 400m walk away down Sturt Street, is the Dundas branch of the City of Parramatta Libraries. There is a kids section with tables, lounges, colouring in, a few toys and lots of books. Plus there is a toilet and bubbler.
Finding Courtyard Dining & Espresso
Courtyard Dining & Espresso is at 3a Telopea Street, Telopea. It’s on the west side of Telopea train station, just near the lights, to the right of the liquor store/ mini supermarket.
We caught a train there, which added to our little morning outing, but noticed there is street parking on Telopea Street.