History of Walter Padbury
Walter Padbury was just nine years old when he arrived in the Swan River Colony with his father in 1830. Within a year his father died, leaving him to fend for himself. Showing the shrewd mind and formidable energy that was ultimately to bring him great wealth, he started work as a shepherd, gradually saving enough to buy his own farm.
By 1844 he had opened a butcher's shop in Perth and established his first store in Guildford in 1865. This magnificent building was constructed in 1869 and was at the time considered to be one of the most imposing buildings in the Colony. The current facade, which considerably changed the building's appearance was added circa 1900 (despite being dated 1869).
Walter Padbury rose from his humble beginnings to be the first mayor of the Guildford Municipal Council, and was elected to State Parliament in 1872. He ultimately owned several stores, considerable rural and pastoral real estate and a small fleet of sailing ships - a remarkable achievement for a 10 year-old orphan in a struggling colony!
Padbury's Restaurant Today
Padbury's Cafe Restaurant is one of three tenanted shops located within Padbury's Stores and Residence which is one of the oldest surviving commercial and residential buildings in Guildford and is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places. It was built in 1869 and was originally one of Guildford's main stores, later the home of Browne's Machinery for 25 years.
Today Padbury's Cafe Restaurant is owned by Michael and Helana Tran. Having a strong background in farming, both Michael and Helena understand the importance of using good quality fresh ingredients. With a focus on serving quality food, you can rest assured that the food you have ordered are cooked with the best ingredients available.
You will love the desserts and cakes made fresh by Padbury's very own in house pastry chef. There are plenty of exciting new food for you to try when you come in next!