No.58 Cellar Door & Gallery – Port Elliot, SA
58 Waterport Road, Port Elliot, SA, 5212
Now I may need to offer a foreword to this review because of two factors:
- This place has been recommended to me as ‘the best new place for coffee on the coast’ by so many people, which tends to influence a review; and
- Until now, every time I have made the effort to head there for a coffee, they have been closed.
On this rainy Monday, as I turned my thoughts towards my next preaching series after my return from paternity leave (my wife and I are expected our second child to be born any minute now – literally), I grabbed a new book that was delivered with first mail of the day and headed out for a coffee or two as I spent the Monday morning recovering from the Sunday before. So with “Reclaiming the Imagination – The Exodus as Paradigmatic Narrative for Preaching“under my arm, I ventured down to Port Elliot for stop one.
No.58 appears from a quick glance as you go roaring past on the Port Elliot by-pass as a new shed in paddock of vines – and in reality it is – however it is a funky shed, with a deck set next to a uniquely misshapen old pine tree, an almost mighty red gum and then surrounded by a field of vines. No.58 is a Cellar Door and Gallery which opened sometime last summer and doubles as a coffee place for those stuck between Middleton and Victor Harbor. This fully lined shed, is furnished with an eclectic bunch of furniture, ranging from leather lounges to rustic kitchen tables/chairs to wicker furniture with the walls covered by pieces of local art – and – the pièce de résistance – is the roaring nectare fire place. When I arrived, the only person in earshot was on his way out – and despite protestations to the contrary, seemed reluctant to actually have a customer (I was the only one who was there for the entire hour) who desired a coffee and a place to work – but anyway….
Latte Quality – Good – it was a very strong coffee, and has a slightly burnt taste to it – perhaps over extracted?
Cost – $3.50 – which is spot on the money for a regular latte these days – although the glass was on the smaller side of the scale.
Coffee Supplier – Rio Coffee
Fairtrade – No indication that what I was drinking was Fairtrade – although Rio do do three distinctive Fairtrade Organic Blends.
Special Notes – this had confused me, because it was popular but seemed to never be open – but now we know. Open in school holidays – 7 days 10am-5pm – and then Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday-Monday 10am-4pm
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study – absolutely. As mentioned above I was the only person there for over an hour – the chairs were comfortable, the fire was lovely – if the coffee had been better I may still have been there now! There is plenty of space inside, although I suspect that during school holidays and in the finer weather the place would quickly become crowded.
Posted on July 26, 2011, in Café/Cellar Door, Café/Gallery, Port Elliot, Rio and tagged Café, Coffee, Fleurieu Peninsula, Good, Latte, Latte Review, Poor Customer Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.