HOT: The Backyard, 19 Mason St, Newport

Backyard Newport

The Backyard is a family-friendly cafe in Newport that delivers what it says on the sign – a huge backyard that rivals my modest courtyard at home.

Backyard Newport

The astroturf space is THE place to hang out if you have kids. There’s a long chalkboard wall, lots of toys, space to run and every table looks out onto the play area so the adults can sit and relax while the kids play.

Backyard Newport

In addition there’s space to manoeuvre and park a pram, numerous high chairs and an open change table outside the toilet.

The only thing missing is shade – on sunny days the exposed area can be very hot and only one large communal table sits undercover.

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The menu features Industry Beans coffee and a collection of breakfast favourites with an Asian twist, plus a small kids menu. The prices are very reasonable – it’s been a while since I saw a smoothie for only $6.50.

Backyard Newport

I try one of their baos with crispy pork ($18), while Baby 2.0 has a ham and cheese croissant ($6.50). The bao is not a smooth round of dough as I expect, but sort of a pull-apart version of the yum cha favourite char siu bao. The sauce is a bit heavy and sweet for my liking and bao is a little dry. It’s passable but not amazing.

Backyard Newport

While I wouldn’t necessarily return to The Backyard just for the food it does have the advantage of location and setting. It’s next to Newport Community Hub (including Newport Library) and short distance to Newport Substation. Combine it with some excellent family friendly facilities and it’s a decent option if you’re in the area.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • Numerous high chairs.
  • change table;
  • Children’s menu.
  • Standard menu suitable for kids.
  • Toys, chalkboard; grassed courtyard
  • Free 1 hour street parking;
  • Next to Newport Community Hub (including Newport Library) and short distance to Newport Substation.

The Backyard, 19 Mason St, Newport (03) 9973 4611

Mon-Fri 7-4pm

Sat-Sun 8-4pm

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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