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The Deck Cafe Lovedale

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly
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701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia (Formerly Magpie Cafe)
+61 49309007
08:30 - 03:30
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 03:30
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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a lazy lunch by the lake. We got 'takeaways' and sat on the picnic tables by the lake and think it might be even better than being on the deck. Great fries too btw.

Thank MichaelGaunt
Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Deck is very popular on weekends as it provides a pleasant outlook, good food & space for the kids & dogs to play / wander around. Dogs need to be kept on a leash. The menu is fairly generic but it's pretty good food at a reasonable price. If you like verdelho then the Jessica is a must.

Thank javery67
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was fantastic, staff so attentive and efficient. The food was delicious and looked magazine worthy. A stunning place for breakfast and can't wait to go back!!

Thank Christie H
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent breakfast! You will be back for more ! Friendly and chatty staff makes the place. Breakfast Roll and Banana bread a must !

Thank HelenYiu
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I made.a booking for five of us and unfortunately we were given the only table in the sun on a hot day , I asked if we could move but was told the other tables where booked , we had vegans in our group, they were accommodated with salad...meh , I had the calamari and it was lovely but the... More 

1 Thank Skgsykes
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Perfect!!!!! Set on a deck/verandah overlooking a large pond. Met by friendly staff that were helpful immediately. There were 5 of us. 3 adults 2 children aged 8 and 4. The choice of breakfast was good and as 1 of us is coeliac, it was great to have a menu that suited. Excellent food, excellent coffee. Highly recommend. Also open... More 

Thank Dawn W
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We came here for lunch, but, went through the Cellar door 1st and did some tastings and purchasing... My husband and I had a lovely lunch, I had the Salmon Gravlax Brioche & hubby had the Mediterranean Brioche, both were delicious. Staff and service were friendly and fast. Nice and serene setting a beautiful place to visit.

Thank Adele C
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

For a cafe based on an alfresco dining model, this place is incredibly poorly thought out. They don't have proper wet weather coverings and I was forced to eat my meal on my lap so that I could sit in one of the few dry areas. None of the staff attempted to assist me, and when we arrived they even... More 

Thank Maddie S
Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely cafe if you're on the deck. View is gorgeous over lilies and dam to beautiful trees and big sky. Had breakfast here and the service was fine and our meals were excellent. Hubby had breakfast roll and I had avo feta mushrooms on toast with poached egg. Took awhile to be served drinks and meal but was ok. We... More 

Thank Lisa G
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Found this little gem on our way to our digs in the Hunter. Lovely spot with nice little menu with vegetarian flavours. Great decor on dam with water Lilly garden. Humorous staff being helpful.

Thank Paul R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 03:30
08:30 - 03:30
08:30 - 03:30
08:30 - 03:30
08:30 - 03:30
08:30 - 03:30
08:00 - 03:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia (Formerly Magpie Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Lovedale
  • Phone Number: +61 49309007
The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, The Hunter Valley, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe, open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. The cafe provides a diverse and delightful menu complimented by Gartelmann wines and a generous range of beverages and Piazza Doro coffee.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?