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AU$13 - AU$18
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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

We had not stopped at this cafe in 12 months. The grounds are lovely, best we have seen them in a long time. However the cafe is sad and tired inside. The service non-existent, staff surly, coffee ok and the date and fig cake tasteless....Toilet facilities still woeful. Won’t stop again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 September 2023 via mobile

The food is delicious, fresh, interesting and really tasty. The service is good The setting is relaxed and an easy location on the highway.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 March 2023

Always room but always busy. Plenty of parking. We usually have coffee and cake and never disapointed.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

Two coffees, one small piece of cake $21 Beware ordering more than that! A couple ordered 2 breakfasts with coffee and it was $72!! When I approached the manager explaining it was against fair trading regulations to charge a flat rate card surcharge she tried...to excuse it by saying “that’s what businesses out there do” and that she spends thousands on fees. I explained that you can only charge fees incurred eg 1.5% She then said she doesn’t charge it if you are just buying a coffee - I suggested taking the sign down and charging the correct amount. I don’t know how they are still in business. I’d prefer McDonalds and that’s saying something.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 3 February 2023 via mobile

Morning Tea on Coach Trip to Canberra. Scones - Devonshire Tea -, Berry Cake or Brownie with choice of coffee or tea. Generous serves and huge dollop of rich cream on every serve. Fabulous. Great facilities. Most appreciated stop.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 1 February 2023 via mobile

On our way from Newcastle to Gundagai, the choices for an afternoon tea stop seemed slim until we stumbled over Eling Forest Cafe. It’s right next to the freeway, but you’d never know it once you turn down their driveway. We shared a Devonshire Tea...with fresh scones and generous servings of jam & cream. My piccolo was well made and husband’s tea washed it all down nicely. There’s also a cellar door…maybe next time!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

Met locals for lunch when we travelled to Canberra, and being just off the highway it was the ideal meeting spot. Sat inside as it was quite cool. Both had the chicken and mushroom fillo pie which came with an excellent side salad and a...very good capsicum relish. Others in the group had a variety of toasties, which were quite huge and also served with salads. Coffees were good and water was self serve. All the staff we dealt with from the one who took the orders to a variety of servers were friendly and efficientMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023

Halfway between Canberra and Cronulla this is the perfect place to stop for a cup of excellent coffee, delicious home made food with friendly staff and great customer service. I had a chicken and mushroom filo pie and it was served with a very fresh...salad and delicious relish. A generous size and very reasonably priced at under $20. It was a bit cold in the middle and they immediately took it away and replaced it with a new one with apologies and a smile. My husband had the breakfast burger - the bacon looked so over-cooked but my husband said let’s see how it tastes and he said it looked bad but was very flavoursome. The coffees were creamy and I’d asked for extra hot and they were good. There is seating inside and out and it was getting busy at lunchtime on a Wednesday so maybe book if there’s a few of you. We used the toilets and they were clean and well-equipped. We will return. Thank you.More

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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Overpriced. Bad service (help yourself to cutlery). $21 for 2 small caps and one chocolate brownie - pricier than the Hilton hotel in Sydney. Won't go again.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 July 2022

To start off with I want to say the food, coffee and wine were good but very overpriced. A small coffee is $5.70!? Most of the food appeared to be premade which meant it was not suitable for allergies E.g. I couldn't order a toasted...sandwich without aioli for my child with a dairy allergy. This was strange, because 6 months ago they had lots of vegan options. They don't accept NSW service vouchers. When I came in December, I had a wine tasting and bought a bottle of wine for $20 (the tasting fee was $15 but removed when you purchased a bottle, a standard thing to do at wineries). This time they wanted to charge me a $15 tasting fee to try a very small sample of 4 wines and $25 for a bottle of rose ($40 in total, double the price of 6 months ago)! We used to come here most school holidays, but will not be returning in the future.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 13 June 2022 via mobile

Very disappointing experience, we arrived at 2,45 pm and despite the closing time being at 4 pm they informed us that we could not have most of the food in the menu. We ordered and paid some of the available dishes and we were given...a number and left to find a table. No one came to clear a table for us so we had to do it ourselves. After 20 min, we asked where was our food and no one had told us that kitchen had changed their mind and instead of serving at the table they would only prepare delivery . So our food was in a cartoon box getting cold and no one told us (despite being only one if three tables occupied). Lasltly we asked for a coffe to which we were told the machine is already cleaned , just to see coffee made for other costumers 10 min later. Food was good but the experience was utterly disappointingMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 May 2022

The cafe had a good selection of cafe snacks and meals. Burgers looked good but I opted for the spicy lentil soup. Great grounds and warm inside. Had driven past many times and pleased that I finally stopped for a break.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 14 May 2022 via mobile

Having looked forward to a coffee I was shocked to discover they charged $12.50 for one plain croissant with jam on top of a $5.70 flat white coffee. Is this the most expensive croissant in NSW? $36+ for two coffees and croissants!!! When asked why...they were so expensive I was told "that was the fixed price in the computer". I will not be returning to this venue.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 16 April 2022

If I could give a lower rating I would! I went on Easter Saturday to find out there was a 15% surcharge which was ridiculous. I then bought a piece of cake that came with a dollop of cream. When I asked for a fork...I was told the utensils were on the counter. Not sure how your suppose to eat the cake and cream. My coffee came with a spoon which I did not need, go figure! The overpriced coffee at $5.50 was weak and terrible. I forgot to mention all the unleashed dogs barking at each other and running around under tables. We were forced to sit inside as it was bedlam. This was my 3rd and last time at this place. Don’t waste your money, spend your hard earned dollars where the is quality coffee and service.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022

Back to its best! Eling Forest Cafe used to be a wonderful cafe up until about 4 years ago when it went downhill so badly that my wife and I gave up on stopping there on our road trips between Canberra and Sydney. However, we...decided to chance it again this week and, wow, what a pleasant surprise! New owners and it is back to its best! Wonderful coffee, wonderful food, and wonderful, friendly service! So good that I wish it was closer to Canberra so that we could visit more frequently.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Hi, had a look at their website and couldn't see a menu. Am sure they'd be delighted to chat about their current menu with a potential customer by phone or email. Hope to see you review it after enjoying your visit.
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Yes, Eling Forest Cafe offers takeaway services.

Eling Forest Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5