Adjacent to the Abbotsford Convent complex, the Collingwood Children’s Farm is an inner city farm for inner city folk who can’t or don’t make it out of the city too often. It’s a chance for kids (big kids included) to wander the paddocks and connect with farm animals, cuddle guinea pigs and watch cows being milked. While the kids are occupied, head to The Farm Cafe, which is conveniently located on the grounds. The menu sounds delish and is loaded with health driven meals. The wholemeal scones are served at room temperature, and are robust rather than light and fluffy. I’m a real fan of wholemeal flour in baked items, but just not my scones, it’s just too heavy. The jam is the typical commercial jam served in most cafes. There’s barely enough for one scone, and thank goodness getting another dish of jam isn’t a problem. The double thick cream is a nice finish and brownie points for the lovely tea cup and saucer.
Tea: Calma Sutra loose-leaf teas served in a Japanese iron teapot.
Overall: Schmick alfreso dining overlooking the farm paddocks.
Location: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Ph: 03 9415 6581 farmcafe.com.au
Reviewed December, 2017