Merimbula reminds me of the southern suburbs of the Gold Coast back in the 70s and 80s; low-key with a lot of touristy attractions to keep families amused. As far as the south coast of NSW goes, it’s pretty buzzy, getting a lot of business from Victorians. Poppy’s Cafe has a shady garden and sits across the road from the bay, and the day I visit, is the quietest than some of the other cafes. I am surprised to find scones on the menu as it is a beach resort, and I can’t imagine finding scones in Burleigh Heads. The scones are quite good and fresh and just the right size. The jam portion, although okay quality, is so insufficient I have to go back and ask for more. The cream is also too light and because it’s gearing up to be a hot day, started melting.
Tea: A limited choice of teabags served in a small pot.
Overall: A lovely garden with a water view.
Location: Merimbula Plaza, Market St, Merimbula NSW 2548 Ph: 02 6495 1110
Reviewed in February, 2013