Take that literally. Tops of 5 Celsius. We were even welcomed with a light shower (hail, actually) as we dined in the Mayfield Garden’s Kitchen Café. Located about 10 kms from Oberon, NSW, we thought the place would be empty. We traveled 2 1/2 hours west of Sydney, past Katoomba/Blue Mountains, and found a dozen cars parked just before noon.
It is not the best time to visit. Spring blooms or autumn foliage must be breathtaking in Mayfield Garden’s over 160-acre family farm. The entire nursery, flower and water garden is nestled within the 5,000-acre family farm owned by the Hawkins who have generously shared this legacy with the public since 2008. There are some mobility challenges if you’re looking to covering the entire garden. But you won’t feel shortchanged if you were just to dine in the Kitchen Cafe, stroll through the nearby Nursery and check out the Viewing Deck and open fireplace.
Even if you’re just stopping for lunch or light replacement, Kitchen Cafe offers many choices including takeout foodstuff. And hey, service was excellent. The 2 young boys with us enjoyed their grilled chicken breast and roasted veggies harvested from the farm. The pumpkin soup with walnut crumble could have been better but not bad, so you won’t find us complaining. Nothing a little salt and pepper could remedy. Plus we did enjoy our smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, caper and avocado. That plus the bacon and eggs served with the sweetest tomatoes and herbed ciabatta.
The food won’t floor you, but it’s good comfort food plated and served well in a place with great ambience. And if you’re here for light snacks, try the Chai Latté and chocolate fudge. Tried the Latté, and liked it. The boys devoured the fudge bars. In summer or spring, the al fresco dining area should be ideal for light refreshments and early dinners. I can imagine myself eating a slice of pizza by the fireplace while waiting for sunset.
So take your pick. Would you stay indoors or outdoors? At 5 Celsius, it was a no-brainer for us. Besides, we were charmed by the shearing instruments above the boxes of foodstuff for sale. Quite an adornment, along with shelves filled with bottles of plum sauce, pickled radish and tomato relish. Have a few to take home, before prepping for your return drive.