I have been hearing a lot about The Baron lately so this weekend I finally had an afternoon free and the chance to drop by and see what all the fuss was about.
With so many ideas for blog posts constantly bubbling away, any chance to sit down with my trusty iPad and catch up on some writing is very welcome! I got a spot out the front, at one of the coloured steel chests, and plonked myself on a boxed wooden stool to take advantage of the unexpected burst of Saturday sunshine.
I always love it when a place has a story. The menu says The Baron is named after Frenchman Baron Vernicourt de Clambe, the first freeman to live in Castle Hill, who grew coffee beans and grapes. Thanks for the history lesson, I grew up in the Hills area and had never heard this before!
While I don’t drink coffee so can’t tell you from experience, I’m told The Baron does this particularly well. I had a hot chocolate which arrived in an old camping tin mug. It must have been made with real chocolate, as there were chocolate flakes all through it and scattered across the frothy top.
It was mid afternoon and after deciding to settle in for a while, I ordered a late lunch of mushrooms on toast. That in itself doesn’t sound terribly exciting but I assure you, it was really good! A chunky piece of white toast covered with lightly wilted spinach and fat juicy mushrooms, topped with big chunks of Persian fetta.
During my visit there was a steady stream of customers popping in for afternoon snack. After eyeing off all the gorgeous desserts being served around me I just had to splurge.. because there’s always room for cake, right?
I had a slice of the homemade three tiered chocolate cake layered with butterscotch and cream. Not too sweet and just the right amount of filling between each layer. Divine!
The Baron would be an excellent spot for breakfast, although going by the number of people dining through the day, it’s likely to be quite busy so I’d suggest you get in early. They also do dinner and they are licensed – you can check out their menus online.
Now I get what all the buzz is about, and they are right, The Baron is fab! I love the idea of supporting local venues, and this is a place I’ll certainly be visiting again. Next time I’ll have to check out the dinner menu!
The Baron is on the outskirts of Castle Towers on Castle Street, by the bus and taxi rank.
Sorry about the grainy photos, I only had my iPhone with me so they aren’t the best!