Mother's day breakfast at the Friendly Inn, Eltham: (Clockwise, from left) Chris and Gladys Cotter, of Lismore, holding grandson Alex Robinson; Jason Cotter, of Brisbane; Glenn Robinson, of Goonellabah; Dave and Maurine Robinson, of Toowoomba, holding grandson Blake Robinson; Sharyn Robinson, of Goonellabah; Debbie Cotter, of Brisbane, holding son Sam, and Jan Purcell, of Brisbane, holding grand-daughter Olivia Cotter.
Mother's day breakfast at the Friendly Inn, Eltham: (Clockwise, from left) Chris and Gladys Cotter, of Lismore, holding grandson Alex Robinson; Jason Cotter, of Brisbane; Glenn Robinson, of Goonellabah; Dave and Maurine Robinson, of Toowoomba, holding grandson Blake Robinson; Sharyn Robinson, of Goonellabah; Debbie Cotter, of Brisbane, holding son Sam, and Jan Purcell, of Brisbane, holding grand-daughter Olivia Cotter. Dominic Feain

Friendly Inn serves brekky to mums

MOTHER’S Day started early at Eltham this year as the Friendly Inn helped local clans spoil their mums by serving breakfast at the historic pub for the first time.

While dozens of families took advantage of the not-so-traditional early opener, local matriarch Val Johnston gave the breakfast the thumbs up as she savoured the special treatment from her children and in-laws.

“I wouldn’t get that kind of service if I were at home,” she said.

“It was just beautiful, ten out of ten.

“We told (pub manager) Toby that we want the same thing for Father’s Day in September and he said he’d work on it.”

Managers Toby and Lucie Black were on deck early after working late shifts on Saturday and declared the breakfast a success, with patrons asking for more.

“It’s our first breakfast and customers reckon we should do it every weekend,” he said

“That could get tricky with our late hours,” he laughed.

His wife and co-manager Lucie, while happy with the turn-out, had to put her own Mother’s Day needs on hold as she kept the pub’s wheels turning.

“I definitely drew the short straw this year,” she laughed.

With the restaurant also booked out for lunch, and dinner filling fast, Mr Black promised to make it up to his spouse next week.

Meanwhile, mums made up nearly half of the extended Cotter/Robinson clan’s gathering which also took advantage of the ‘early opener’ – travelling from as far as Brisbane and Toowoomba to celebrate Mother’s Day.

“We organised it this way because we’re all up early anyway so breakfast feels like lunch,” Debbie Cotter said.

“The boys are paying, so we’re pretty happy about that.”

New chef Rupert Stevens, who took over the pub’s restaurant about three months ago, is now serving lunch and dinner seven days a week and said breakfast was a natural progression.

“Some people associate pubs with drinking and dinner, but nowadays a pub can be anything,” he said.

“We’re starting Sunday roasts next week and we’re about to introduce takeaways – so maybe we’ll keep the breakfasts going too.”



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