The Little Green Corner is exactly that! A petite corner café, housed in an 1850s heritage building, that’s focused on delivering quality food and coffee in a sustainable way. Owner, Hugh Whitehead, opened this Geelong cafe at the start of 2015, and since then has worked on shifting the perception of what a café can be. All the food used on the menu is locally sourced, and based on sustainable practices that limit their environmental impact. This also filters through the venue, which has milk delivered in stainless steel pails to avoid carton waste, water efficient bathrooms, and furniture made from recycled timber. Even the outside walls are a shade of green; and the benches are decorated with jars of preserved fruit. With its charming exposed red brick walls, the Little Green Corner showcases an ancient yet modern spirit of interior design, which is also reflected in the menus design. They use time honoured methods of fermenting and preserving their produce, while employing modern techniques. There are no menus, only a blackboard, another indicator of the extent they go to, in an effort to be environmentally friendly. The blackboard lists four breakfast, and four lunch dishes, which can vary depending on what’s in season. Current options include rolled oats; Strawberry and cream waffles; Middle Eastern cauliflower and kale with a poached egg; Braised lamb with a Persian salad; and Asparagus, fennel, yogurt and soft egg on rye with cured trout.
I was also fortunate to try their house made Creaming Soda made from their own Earl Grey steeped sweet syrup, and cultured yoghurt. It was served with a slice of lemon, and was absolutely refreshing.
Coffee is made using the Drummer boy blend from local roaster Cartel, which is composed of Ethiopian, Burundi, and Colombian beans. It had a wonderful spice aroma, with hints of red fruit as a short black.
If you’re after a deliciously nourishing meal that will leave you and the environment feeling good , then a trip to the Little Green Corner will do the trick.
Little Green Corner
42 Little Ryrie Street
Geelong VIC 3220