The mums of Sydney went nuts when Harold Park became Forest Lodge, and saw the opening of Tramsheds - a café and restaurant precinct that fuses rustic history, with warehouse chic. It even has its own restored tram carriage, that you can dine in as a special treat.
Now, the mums of the North can rejoice with the opening of The Tramshed Café at Narrabeen Lake, near the carpark and BLine bus stop, on Pittwater Road. Its part of the major upgrade of public facilities in the area, doing wonders for the Narrabeen café scene.
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And guess what? The new café has its own restored heritage tram and you can hop on board for coffee and a babyccino with your kids.
The talented team of tram restorationists, during opening celebrations in April - photo c/o- The Tramshed Café, Narrabeen Lake Facebook page
The Breakfast Menu is served from 7am (perfect for early risers), and there's a wide variety to choose from. Enjoy a range of baked and toasted goods including super healthy quinoa and soya loaf, or Kickstart Your Day with a hot breakfast including a Kids Menu of Fluffy Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs Your Way, or Ham and Cheese Toastie. All kids options are priced between $6 - $8.
The seasonal menu changes regularly, and all dishes are cooked fresh and to order. The kitchen will also do its best to accommodate any special dietary requirements and requests, so don't hesitate to have a chat to the waiter about your needs.
Buttermilk Pancakes with mascarpone cream and maple syrup - photo c/o- The Tramshed Café, Narrabeen Lake Facebook page
The café (which also has a regular indoor service and seating area), also serves Lunch from 11.30am and again, there are a generous amount of dishes on the Kids Menu. The Ham and Cheese Toastie stays on the menu all day at $6, or for $10, kids can have a choice of full meals:
Chicken tenders with chips or salad
Fish and chips
Kids' beef burger - beef patty, cheese and tomato sauce, or
Kids' veg burger, lentil chickpea (GF, V)
There is a big focus on FRESH at The Tramsheds and adults are offered a wide selection of wraps, burgers (including veg and gluten free), salad, pasta, or a Platform Platter to share, which I hear tastes even better inside the tram.
Coffee and Brunch with or without the kids. Photo c/o- The Tramshed Café, Narrabeen Lake Facebook page
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But if you're not in the mood for a big meal, and are just stopping by for a quick refreshment with your littlies, there is an impressive full-page drinks menu (non-alcoholic). Everything from Chai Latte and a full range of barista coffees, to freshly squeezed juices, milkshakes, soft drinks and loose leaf teas. It's Foodie and Drinkie heaven!
Photo c/o- The Tramshed Café, Narrabeen Lake Facebook page
And though the tram network has long disappeared from the streets of the Northern Beaches, it's wonderful to see the Peninsula's heritage kept alive, with the restored tram carriage and nod to yester year.
You can't miss The Tramshed Café as you drive along Pittwater Road, and it's what the area has been looking for. It's décor is modern and clean, and the presence of the tram in pride of place, makes you want to pull over immediately and try it out.
If you're not a local, it's worth the trip to Narrabeen Lake on the BLine, or by car (as there is parking adjacent the café). And although work is still being undertaken to community facilities where the playground used to be, the café, bus stop and car park are gateways to a beautiful outdoor leisure resource. The 8.4km cycle or walk around the Lake is mostly flat and well-paved, and there are numerous water sport, playground and picnic facilities dotted around the reserve.
Stay and play a while at the beautiful Narrabeen Lake reserve
I'd recommend a visit to this part of the world any day, and now there is even more reason. The novelty of The Tramshed Café is surely one that won't be wearing off, any time soon.
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