Unless you know where it is, or you’re good at making split second decisions while driving at 100km/per hour, The Other Side Gallery Teahouse may elude you. Set off the Pacific Highway just north of Taree, the Teahouse sits alone on a property in Ghinni Ghinni (I must admit it is the first time I have heard of this village). It’s a prime spot, perched right beside the river where you can dine alfresco in the shady garden, or in inclement weather on the back deck or amongst the art inside. While you’re waiting, browse the artwork by local artists, or book in for an art class. The dessert cabinet is loaded with delicious looking homemade goodies (I am a fan of the homemade), and there is a motley collection of dainty teacups and saucers ready and waiting on the counter. Tea always tastes better drunk from a china cup, don’t you think? My scones arrive on a pretty vintage plate, but are slightly burnt on the bottom, definitely affecting the texture and flavour. On the positive the topside tastes good and is fairly light and fluffy, and although its fresh cream, it’s a bit too light for me. The Teahouse is open briefly on Thursdays then from Friday to Sunday.
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf teas, including T2 and other brands served in a small pot. The special tea of the day is a Blue Mountain black tea.
Overall: An art and tea break in the most unlikely of places.
Location: Lot 1, Moto Rd, Ghinni Ghinni NSW 2430 Ph: 02 6553 8890
Reviewed in October, 2013