How hard is it to find a decent cafe you can take the kids? Damned near impossible.
I will start this with a massive disclaimer that The Hungry Peacock is my brother and sister-in-law’s child-friendly cafe. That said, I would not write how bloody awesome it is if I didn’t think it really was. You will see from the photos that it could not be a more inclusive, child-awesome, space if it tried.
I’m mega proud of my bro and sister-in-law because the entire space, and concept, of The Hungry Peacock, is magical and genius.
If you’ve never heard of Tyabb, down near Mornington in Victoria I would not be surprised. It’s a bit of a blink and you’ll miss it type of town but if you have kids, love great food, and hanker for a place you can take the fam-bam and be sure the kids will be happy and occupied while you sink a cold alcoholic beverage and the best burger of your life, then you gotta head over to this place.
Open every day except Monday you can do casual coffee and cake with fellow parents, or lunch with a group, or even early dinners on Friday and Saturday.
I was pumped about the organic and sensory play areas in the cafe, naturally, but I was super curious about The Messy Shed.
I’m not into messy crafting at home because kids and craft equals a major ball-ache, but my kids do so enjoy rubbing paint in their hair and gluing random shit together so when Rebecca, aka the best, craftiest, and coolest sister-in-law and proprietress of this joint told me her idea for a dedicated space to going nuts with mess, I knew we had to book in for one of the two daily sessions.
We decided on 11 am, so we could scoff lunch after, and The Messy Shed totes delivered. We drove cars through paint, made roads, and sailed soap boats…. But the best for my kids was making robots with Grandpapa out of STUFF!
Half the space in The Messy Shed is occupied by Boxed In, which is a cool space where local artisans hawk their wears. Gorgeous kid’s clothing, jewelry, pony skin purses (HELLO!), leather sandals. All sorts of unique and interesting gift ideas (for you or someone else.)
We worked up a killer appetite and sat under the beautiful trees in the garden. The kids ordered a milkshake and were given a worksheet to occupy them while we chilled and drank a tasty beverage.
Inside, there is a book corner, and a construction corner, a play kitchen, and for once in a cafe kids are encouraged to have fun and giggle and explore. It’s like a play-centre, but with delicious food (Why is all play centre food so crap???), and organic play stuff which encourages kids to use their imagination.
We drank locally brewed beers and cider, and although I ordered the corn fritters (which were deliciously studded with cumin seeds, served with beetroot and apple salad), the burger with hand cut chips was the stand-out. I also saw the pork belly and slaw baguette on another table and she said it was the bomb.
I know this is my bro’s joint, but if I lived in the region I would 100% be there all the time because finding a place with great food where the kids won’t annoy everyone is a damn near impossibility.
It’s a total destination cafe, with something for everyone to do and buy and experience. I’m mega proud of what they’re creating and my gang are still talking about it, as are many people judging by these kick-ass reviews they got here, and here.
The Hungry Peacock
16 Mornington-Tyabb Rd,