Apparently Poyntons Nursery was established 80 years ago. I can only imagine back then, the Maribyrnong Valley was a lot less built up as it is today. Nowadays houses sit cheek by jowl and the nursery feels compressed onto a corner block, although I am told this block covers 3.5 acres. The space is used well with plants and flowers of all descriptions and a range of homewares, gifts and furniture. Situated on the second floor above the homeware shops, Poyntons Outdoor Living and Poyntons Interiors, the Boulevard Cafe has a prime position. Floor to ceiling windows creates a bright and cheerful space, with the seats by the window especially viable for the lovely view over the Maribyrnong River. It’s close to closing time when we rock up, and the plain scones still taste fresh, and are not only visually appealing but are light and creamy. Those who prefer ‘stuff’ in their scones can opt for the date scones. The average jam is the only downfall here, and the double thick cream a real winner.
Tea: A selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: A suburban nursery cafe with water views.
Location: Poyntons Nursery, 98 Vida St, Essendon VIC 3040 Ph: 03 9337 8111 poyntonsnursery.com.au
Reviewed in September, 2017