Wayzgoose, a café with outdoor seating, occupies an historic building where in 1910, publisher Peter Giles Hart established the Federal Printing Works. This heritage building has an unusual shape – perfect for booths and tables of customers today yet we can imagine the long room filled with presses of the past.
Behind what could have been the printer’s customer counter in 1910, homemade brownies, cupcakes, tarts and flowerless orange and almond cakes beckon. Along with the famous ‘Flower-Pot Scone’, most offerings are made in-house. The espresso machine is constantly in motion as locals stop by in the early morning for a sweet and a shot of caffeine. ‘Huge Mountain Breakfast’ or waffles or Pesto Mushrooms are on the ‘all day’ menu.
Around the lunch rush – 11.30am to 2pm – soups and burgers are a specialty along with other seasonal mainstays. Kids menus are always listed on the blackboard and gluten-free options are available, just ask the staff. (Great café for families – small toys, books and colouring books are stored in a kids’ corner to keep little ones happy.)
Wayzgoose takes its name from an old printing celebration – an outing and dinner for printing staff before summer ends and the printing must be done by candlelight (in winter months). Wayzgoose continues in Leura’s historic tradition of local shopkeepers serving and ‘chatting up’ visitors.
Drop by for a scone and a chat. . . with the friendly staff!