Luke Barrett is the licensee for this recently opened cafe with a refreshing look, eager staff, welcoming vibes and good coffee blend. Buck Hamblin used to be a well known shoe store and it is delightful the name, iconic of the Illawarra, is retained and revitalised for a new business, a new sector that exudes lifestyle as much as foot gear does.
There is a buzz about the place, especially in the morning and afternoon, in a cafe that also has a license to serve social and business alcohol till early evening. What a wonderful combo - a cuppa in the morning and a relaxing wine just before sunset?
The primarily white interior decor is contrasted with an eye catching barista stand and counter, purposefully highlighted by vertical stripes. The space is thoughtfully made use of, even the two front narrow sides that once held shoe displays but now providing quiet and private corners away from the main part of the floor. The kitchen is tastefully hidden behind an inside door.
The food menu is streamlined easy to pick one for a snack. My fav is the Panani with slow roasted pork belly - BH gives me a generous serving, in which I cannot decide whether the bread or the pork is better, both are yummy. My other recommendations are the Ploughmans and the Porridge. When it is crowded in the main area, I do not mind a quiet corner for a quick vjsit and make no fuss. It has been raining unpredictably this past winter but there is also outdoor seating.
Nearby is a hub of village like that Thirroul residents love, including a well stocked IGA, a post office in a vintage building, newsagent, butchers and more in a the section of main strip north of the rail station. The beach is not far away - BH is a good idea for a visit before you hit the beach, or after.
Buck Hamblin visited is located at 260 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul NSW, near the Australia Post office, on the same right hand side if heading north from Bulli.
Opening hours are from 7am to 6pm every day.
My impressions of Buck Hamblin at Thirroul NSW:
Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5