I've been a fan of the original Beechworth Bakery since it opened up in various locations around Victoria. Having worked in country Victoria, I somehow came up with excuses to make the necessary detour to Beechworth more than I should. I was very happy when they opened up a branch in Healesville. It's not gourmet food, but good, fresh, standard Bakery food that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. It's a great stop for breakfast/lunch/brunch prior to visiting the Sanctuary or other attractions in the Yarra Valley.
The pie and sausage rolls are standard bakery lunch items and the ones here tick all the boxes. Each item comes with a small packet of sauce at no extra cost, and as my friend pointed out, it feels nicer this way, even if they've in reality already included the extra 10 cents in the price of the pie!
The kids had mini quiches. At $2 each they're pretty expensive for a bakery item. Of course this is followed by the obligatory novelty biscuit/cupcake/treat aimed at the junior crowd.
The toasted sandwich comes in ham and cheese, ham chesse and tomato, and an egg and bacon variety. Good thick slices of bread, melted cheese and generous amount of butter makes this a favourite for adults and kids alike.
Their vanilla slice is again standard bakery fare. Hubby did not like his jelly slice - too much gelatine and too bland for his liking. (I agree) He sees himself as a jelly slice connoiseur as he's a habitual bakery patron.
They make coffee to order, but also have bottomless cups of tea and percolater coffee for $3. There's a variety of teas to choose from, including green tea and english breakfast tea.
There's plenty of seating inside, and also out the front and round the back. On cold days there's a woodfire, and there's a good sized play pan with toys for the younger kids if you want to sit around and enjoy a cuppa. They are obviously well set up for families with children on holidays and day trips!
If that's not enough there are also souvenirs for sale. And of course all the bakery items can be bought and taken home or on a picnic at your next destination.
Eat.Play.Shop. Recommends - The ham and cheese toastie. I know you can make this at home but it's very, very nice here.
Give it a Miss - The jelly slice. Ask my Hubby.
Toilets - Yes. Very clean. Change table in the disabled toilet.