Eclectic (Adjective) 1. deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Eclectic describes the Cherry Tree Café perfectly.  On a cold and wintery day it was the perfect place to hide out and enjoy a coffee or two while warming my bones by the fire.  With an almost two year old as my side kick, it is sometimes a little trying to keep him quiet and entertained while I do my ‘thing’.  However, at the Cherry Tree it is evident that ‘little people’ are more than welcome and prams are easily accommodated.  At first sight it is assumed that there is little to no outdoor seating for those that enjoy a dose of Vitamin D with their meal – first impressions are often deceiving, because during the warmer months a ‘Secret Garden’ is located behind the building and would be the perfect way to spend a couple of hours sipping coffee and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face. 

Taking my seat under the giant peacock feather I perused a diverse menu and decided on my favourite brunch item – smashed avocado.  While waiting for my meal, I surveyed my surroundings and found many little quirks that added to the old world feel of the interior; a colour theme highlighted by the peacock feathers located around the restaurant, the mirror mantel hanging above the fire, a waiters station that moonlights as a buffet and the wooden panelling that ties all these elements together.  I have come to the conclusion that there are many establishments within Healesville that draw upon it’s rich history as a party town in the 1920’s.  The Cherry Tree is one such café. While the tables and chairs are worn in parts, it suggests a well-loved destination and puts a mothers mind at ease (that children can do no harm).

Side table, Cherry Tree Cafe, Healesville, Place to eat in Yarra ValleyInside view, Cherry Tree Cafe, Healesville, Place to eat in Yarra ValleyEnjoying a cuppa, Cherry Tree Cafe, Healesville, Place to eat in Yarra Valley

My vice when out brunching (as my Snapchat followers would know) is a perfectly poached egg!!  A happy dance ensued once my plate was presented and the ‘popped’ yolk began running down the mountain of avocado it was perched upon.  Mushrooms, feta, avocado and bread – these are a few of my favourite things.  In short, this plate was the perfect mix, with only the toasted seeds added. 

Sample dish, Cherry Tree Cafe, Healesville, Place to eat in Yarra Valley

If next you find yourself wandering the quaint shopping strip of Healesville and you would like to continue the old-world feel you will no doubt come to love.  Then head to the Cherry Tree where the babycinos are served in gold and the ambiance a quirky mix of modern meets traditional. 

Coffee and Cake, Cherry Tree Cafe, Healesville, Place to eat in Yarra Valley

 

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A little bit about Tennille from Yarra Valley Life:

Inspiration: There is nothing like travelling to far away lands and experiencing the “oooh’s” and “ahhh’s” their landscapes have to offer. For the last 15 years I have been chasing that first European experience. I have to admit the landscape stole my heart! The beauty of small quaint towns nestled into the foot of the hills with The Rhein River lapping their shores. Not to mention the vineyards perched high above the town walls rolling away as far as the eye can see. S…ounds perfect hey?
Imagine my delight when my family moved into the Yarra Ranges. The door to the Yarra Valley was wide open and all I could see was what I loved about Europe. I am blessed beyond words to have set up house at the door-step of Victoria’s wine region. I would love for you to join me as I explore my backyard.

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