the herb farm cafe
- Mon – Sun 10am – 4:30pm
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 50
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch
- Wi-Fi: None
As well as offering up spectacular food, the location is perfect to soothe your soul and revive your senses. Tucked away in a herbaceous microclimate, the herb farm cafe is place you can escape the world and feel good about indulging. All the delicious food is made right there on the premises.
Wherever possible ingredients are sourced locally and produce is free range and organic, with loads of herbs picked from the gardens outside. the herb farm cafe also houses a range of natural, organic and/or sustainably grown cold drinks, wines, beers and coffee!
20 Reviews for the herb farm cafe
We made a complaint at the counter that the coffee card was unacceptable and the cost of the (Thyme and Lime) meal should have been reimbursed. We were told that because half of the meal was consumed that this was not an option – however, the raw chicken was not found until half way through. We asked to talk to the manager who then offered us each a coffee, but we did not want coffee. She also told us that the price of the meal would not be reimbursed so we asked to talk to the owner and we were told she wasn’t there.
Another one of our party wanted to look at the Herb Farm shop (right next to the café), and while we were in there one of the staff asked ‘How was your day?’ We told her that she did not want to know, but she insisted, so we explained what happened at the café. She then apologised and revealed herself to be the owner and told us that she had heard about our plight while she was doing dishes in the kitchen. She then kindly offered our American guest any free product from the store.
While the owner, who was very polite, tried to rectiMorefy the situation, I still give this a one star because it wasn’t rectified properly at the beginning and we only stumbled across her by accident. Also what we really wanted was the meal to be reimbursed, and not a product that we probably didn’t need. This place needs a real shake up. There is definitely a need for a new chef and perhaps a new manager. Either the manager was lying, or the owner was hiding in the kitchen when we were told the owner wasn’t there.
My advice: Do not go to the Herb Farm Café.
On arrival, we noticed that the garden area was full of weeds, grossly overgrown and very unkempt. Obviously it had been neglected for a long time.
We ordered at the counter and took a table, and waited, and waited, and waited… for 50 minutes. We noticed other diners also waiting a long time. It was not a busy day. I went up and asked how much longer our order would be, and it came out soon after that. I noticed that the kitchen seemed to be understaffed.
I ordered lemon chicken, and it was very poor. The chicken “breast” was a piece of over cooked, flattened chicken about the size of 2 McNuggets. The accompanying salad had no flavor.
The rest of us had more normal size meals, but poorly cooked and lacking in flavour.
I would have given it 2 stars, except for the long delay, and my very substandard meal. So it really is a 1 star performance and we will not be returning soon.
What I find even worse is that this cafe is promoted as a tourist spot to visit.
Has there been a change in chef? Not enough staff on? I was there about 5 months ago and had a lovely meal.
We had booked our table, we were shown to it then told she would be back in 10 mins to take our order.
After 30 mins, one of us got up and ordered breads and dips and drinks at the counter. Finally drinks came out and orders taken, after an hour and 15 mins the meals finally came out. Very disappointing, no dressing on salad, dry bread, plates missing pesto on 2 of 4 plates that were the same meal, lacking flavour.
I hope these reviews get through to the right person to enable them to improve all round – as the dining area in and out, on a beautiful day is a fantastic asset.
There is a good choice of food for meat eaters and veggies alike, with some gluten free options thrown in too. The staff are very knowledgeable about their produce and always greet you with a smile. They do excellent coffee and a good range of herbal teas.
Kids are welcome with plenty of space outside to play and if they get bored they can always be taken round the herb garden, which is nicely laid out and surprisingly interesting for grown ups too. There a small shop selling Herb Farm goodies.
There’s plenty of parking outside but be warned, it gets busy on summer weekends when it can be hard to find a seat. If you do have to wait, it’s worth it….
The downside is the loo, there’s only one and it’s in a space between the cafe and shop and not exactly private!