7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW
We came on a beautiful sunny morning and was told that the wait was approximately 1.5 hours, which gave us ample opportunity to explore the gardens and the various stalls.
Where to begin?
We tried the home-made rose lemonade because 1. the stall looked so fresh and colourful and 2. every second person we saw in the gardens was sipping on some lemonade (so it had to be good right?) The verdict? So-so lemonade that was mildly rose scented.
These ice cream sandwiches looked so good and were packed full of ice cream!
We decided to try the salted caramel and it was oh-so-good! The chocolate biscuits were sweet and chewy with crispy edges, while the salted caramel ice cream was creamy and had a great balance between saltiness and sweetness.
Fresh home-made donuts with the choice of strawberry jam or Nutella filling.
We opted for strawberry jam. These freshly fried donuts were fantastic, although they could have been bigger.
The Grounds Bakery offered quite a few samples to try…
and the cakes and tarts looked amazing but we had to save our stomachs for the cafe.
They also have a small petting zoo here…
with this guy being the star attraction…
who has his very own house.
Meanwhile this little silkie was dozing in the enclosure next door.
After about an hour, the electric buzzer that was given to us went off so we headed for the cafe.
Banana and honey smoothie
The ‘Ground’ burger (ground beef brisket, cheese, lettuce, dill cornichon mayo on a toasted brioche bun) served with beer battered fries.
This was essentially a fancy Big Mac with crispy, well seasoned chips.
Grilled asparagus with a wild medley of mushrooms, crumbed egg, parmesan and lemon
Be prepared to wait. But also be prepared for good food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a great experience.