The sound of the muso’s mellow tunes wafts on the warm spring breeze, beckoning diners to come sit and listen. The Rockpool Retreat is a popular beachouse hangout serving diners in the open indoor area as well as having a kiosk counter for those not keen to leave the beach for long. Do a round trip walk from the tidal rock pool along the coast to Norah Head lighthouse. Enjoy the glorious views towards Budgewoi in the north, before heading back down Bush Street to drop into the cafe. There’s a choice of plain or date scones, and you can order as many or as little as you like. My date scone doesn’t rate high in the taste stakes, but it’s not inedible either. My partner spies the raspberry jam being dished out of a bucket with a Monbulk label on it, which tastes far better than some of the bulk jams served in other cafes. The cream is extremely light, and if the weather were a few degrees warmer, it would probably have melted before reaching my scone.
Tea: A selection of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A beachhouse style cafe conveniently located on the way to the lighthouse.
Location: 8 Bush St, Norah Head NSW 2263 Ph: 02 4397 4859 www.rockpoolretreat.com.au
Reviewed in August, 2013