Although most of NSW is sweltering and on fire, today the temperature in Guyra is barely hitting 12 degrees. The town is one of the highest in Australia, sitting at 1,330 metres above sea level and boasting the highest caravan park in the country (no doubt a big selling point for the caravan park). To visit the town proper, you have to veer off the New England Highway and head over the railway line, otherwise it’s a blink and miss type of place, especially if you are on a mission heading north or south. There are quite a few cafes, but I stick with the first one I see. It’s quite an eccentric place. The decor is a mish mash of rubber thongs and shoes, sunglasses, jams, soaps and knitted babies clothes. Do babies still wear knitted clothes? The owner is chatting loudly with a group of ladies and when they leave he makes a beeline for us, telling us about his extensive car collection. I wonder how he ended up running this shop in Guyra? The scones arrive looking rather over microwaved. We’re told they are made from quinoa, wholemeal flour, chai, sultanas and something else. It sounds unappealing but it actually works. Not great, but interesting. The cream is a bit sweet and very light, and tastes like it’s out of a can. Although interesting jams are for sale, unfortunately they aren’t used in the Devonshire Tea.
Tea: A few varieties of inexpensive teabags served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: Country quirk.
Location: 126 Bradley St, Guyra NSW 2365 Ph: 02 6779 1759
Reviewed in October, 2013