Salford Lads Club has been on my radar for a while now.
To be more specific, ever since I was watching the episode of Grand Design Australia where they were following Greg Saunders and his wife, the owners of Salford Lads Club, building their new house in Melbourne. I instantly fell in love with their house. And when they’ve mentioned the cafe on the TV show, I was intrigued of course.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked Stina to meet me at the Salford Lads Club for our editorial meeting and was a bit surprised myself that we ended up being in the middle of an industrial area full of warehouses, office buildings and no sign of residential living at all.
At first I didn’t notice the cafe but a tiny little barber shop and an intriguing looking mens fashion store. The perfect location for a Lads Club me thinks. But don’t worry, despite the name the girls are just as welcome here as the lads.
In fact, the name of the cafe originates from an iconic photo from Stephen Wright who photographed the Smiths in front of the Salford Lads Club for the inside sleeve of their album The Queen Is Dead.
But enough of back ground stories. Let’s get down to business:
The interior is all matched to the cafes location and surroundings. The converted warehouse has a cool vibe to it but don’t think it’s one of those über-cool places where no one cares if you are even there.
The place has a warm feel to it and the staff makes you feel very welcome. They all are chatty, extremely helpful and just simply nice people.
Kudos to them, you could tell they are used to bloggers, ’cause when we asked if it’s ok if we take a couple of photos they immediately asked us for what blog we are writing for.
Stina giving me “The Look” for taking a picture of her. As if I would care!
But maybe it was simply because I was holding her back from enjoying her beloved Chai.
The lunch menu changes daily which is impressive I think and keeps things interesting to come back and to explore more.
But as we met early in the morning we both had breakfast of course.
Stina had of course sautéed mushrooms on toast with poachies on tomato ragout and I went for the baked eggs with beans.
Both dishes where solid good food. Very filling and big portions but oh so tasty that you can’t stop eating.
The menu doesn’t sound as fancy as some of the newer joints in the Fitzroy or Collingwood area opening up nowadays but I wouldn’t rate it less therefore. The food is simply delicious. Period!
I guess if you work within this industrial park sprawl of Port Melbourne you are happy to hear that loads of people rate the BLT and Steak Sandwich as one of the best on Foursquare.
And if you had too much food you can swing it off just as I did afterwards.
This place gets quite busy during lunch hours on weekdays but it#s a perfect and quiet breakfast spot in the morning.
Go check it out. I’m sure you’ll love it and you wouldn’t expect a place like this in Port Melbourne.
Salford lads Club
Cnr Bridge and Fennell St
Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207
Phone: 03 8534 9957
Mon to Fri 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 2:00 pm