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 2019, we headed off one Sunday morning to check it for breakfast. And it lived up to all the good things we had heard and then some. Almost most two years on, we’ve been back lots of 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.
And kids can get a FREE kids meal from Monday to Friday (11:30am to 1:30pm) with every adult meal over $15!
The lunch selection is delicious. I particularly like the Fattoush Salad. And the Chicken Burger is a great ‘lack of sleep’ pick me up! Plus, the new lamb salad is also yummy.
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’s 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’s a nice toilet past the kitchen, where you’ll find a baby change table.
Plus, they regularly refresh the cafe based on customer feedback. You have to love a local business that listens to its customers and keeps trying to improve itself!
And an interesting, fun fact – the team behind Courtyard Dining & Espresso also run the yummy bistro at West Pennant Hills Sports Club, which has a great kids play area.
Courtyard Dining & Espresso is now open 7 days a week!
- Monday to Friday from 6am to 2pm
- Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm
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 new playground, good for young kids. There’s 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 bus (as train line is now closed and is being replaced with light rail).
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’s 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 the old Telopea train station, just near the lights, to the right of the liquor store/ mini supermarket.
There is some off-street parking behind the cafe (entry via Roberts Street). As well as street parking on Telopea and Garden Streets.