With single origin, cold-drip and batch brews using Campos Coffee beans on offer, The Church has seriously raised the bar for coffee in the lower Blue Mountains.
This dedicated ‘brew bar’ is set inside a quaint timber church on the main café strip of Glenbrook. In the morning, two glimmering stained-glass windows filter the sunlight, casting a yellow-green glow over the wooden tables, shelves of homewares (available for purchase) and tiers of sweets at the counter. The smell of muffins baking mingles with freshly ground coffee, and the feeling is relaxed and homely.
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The all-day menu is small, primarily made up of Things to Have With Coffee, such as savoury and sweet muffins and tarts $6–$12, sourdough toast $5, a ham, cheese and tomato toastie $10 and some richer sweets. To kick-start our menu tasting we couldn’t go past a raspberry and white chocolate muffin, fresh from the oven.
And a coffee, of course.
A more substantial brekky option is the eggs on toast – freshly boiled eggs on sourdough with rocket and spiced tomato chutney $12.
Or there’s the muesli parfait – gluten-free or toasted – served in a sundae glass with greek yoghurt, fruit, berry compote and a side of maple syrup. It’s more dessert than breakfast, but we’re not complaining.
Another attraction of The Church is its spacious outdoor area – stylishly decorated with stone benches, bar seating and Astroturf. It’s wintertime when we visit, which means it’s a bit too chilly to sit outside in the morning, but come midday when the sun hits the front area – or any time during the warmer months – having an al fresco coffee is divine (so to speak).
Glenbrook has really turned into a café hub, and The Church has set the standard for coffee in the area. Definitely worth stopping here for a cup before browsing the surrounding boutiques, venturing into the nearby Blue Mountains National Park for a swim in the natural pools or a lookout-crawl, or continuing on up the mountain.
- Address: 20 Ross St, Glenbrook, NSW 2773
- Phone: (02) 4708 1969
- Web: Facebookcom/thechurchglenbrook
- Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–4pm, Sat–Sun 8am–4pm
- Cuisine: Coffee, light meals and snacks
- Prices: Coffee $4–$7, food $6–$12
- Licensed: No
- Bookings: No
- Views: No
- Wheelchair access: No
- Cards accepted: All cards