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Located in the heart of Cessnock on Vincent Street, we offer casual eat in or take away dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Come in for great coffee, great food and great service. For regular specials follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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This photograph was taken by the late Percy Sternbeck, whose collection was donated by his family to the <a href="http://www.coalfieldsheritagegroup.org/">Coalfields Heritage Group</a>, based at the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum at Kurri Kurri. 

Please contact the  <a href="mailto:coalfieldsheritagegroup@gmail.com">Coalfields Heritage Group</a> if you are the subject of the image, or know the subject of the image, and have cultural or other reservations about the image being displayed on this website and would like to discuss this with us.

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Historical Background

The Carousel Café was once called Rochester’s Café, better known to the locals as ‘Rockies’. Originally owned by Eric George Rochester in 1952. The café was built next door to the Regent Theatre which was opened in 1926.

Barry Wiseman, a local between 1948 – 1966, remembers his daughter having her first experience of gravy on chips at Rochester’s Café – Rockies.* Rochester’s Café was later bought by Charlie Salem and renamed it The Carousel Café. After a few years Eric Rochester bought back The Carousel Café, keeping its name.

The Carousel on Vincent is now owned by Alicia, who is excited to be celebrating local heritage and continuing the tradition of the café and milk bar, providing a nostalgic and popular dining experience for locals and visitors alike.

This photograph, donated by his family, was taken by the late Percy Sternbeck dated between 1970s -1980s.
This photograph, donated by his family, was taken by the late Percy Sternbeck dated between 1970s -1980s.
The Carousel Cafe today. Providing a nostalgic and popular dining experience for locals and visitors alike. 
The Carousel Cafe today. Providing a nostalgic and popular dining experience for locals and visitors alike. 

* CESSNOCK ADVERTISER, 19 NOVEMBER, 2017: Former Cessnock resident Barry Wiseman shares his thoughts on how the town has changed.