Tenterfield’s School of Arts building marks the spot where in 1889, Sir Henry Parkes made his famed speech that led to the federation of Australia some 12 years later. It’s here you’ll find a small museum on the Father of Australian Federation, a cinema and tucked away behind, Courtyard Cafe. It’s a whole other world out here, quiet, relaxing and the perfect place to grab some sun in the cooler months. There’s a cosy indoor area and an even larger cosy courtyard with country music pumping out of the speakers – but not too loudly. The plain and sultana scones are fresh from the oven; light and crispy on the outside. The cream is thick and cool with a slight sweetness, and the raspberry jam is rich and better than most. There are several varieties of loose-leaf teas available and for to be different I try the Byron Bay Energy Tea, which is a sweet explosion of berries. The garnish of mint leaf and strawberry makes for a nice finish.
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A hidden gem, tucked away in a quiet and sunny courtyard.
Location: 203 Rouse St, Tenterfield NSW 2372 Ph: 0458 673 373
Reviewed in October, 2013