Nothing beats a stroll through Sydney’s historic heartland, The Rocks, filled with cobbled walkways, classic pubs and shops geared to tourists. There are a multitude of eateries, which in the most part are overpriced and geared to the tourist market. The Bakers Oven Cafe’s large shop window stacked with cakes and pastries has been wooing passersby for longer than I can remember. Recently I noticed their stack of scones so decide to give it a try. The cafe has been spruced up and now has footpath seating out the front and quite a large area spilling on to the Nurses Walk out the back. The wholemeal and sultana scones are served with jam and butter, so I ask for cream and am quickly told it’s an extra $2.50. There really isn’t a choice in the matter, there has to be scones, jam and cream, so I order away. You can sense a tourist cafe a mile off, and I have my misgivings. The large single scone arrives cut and toasted, with sachets of butter, one sachet of jam (I ask for one more) and a bowl of cream. The scone is disappointing, more fruit bread with an aftertaste than soft fluffy scone, and my $2.50 bowl of spray can cream is melting at such a fast rate I need a straw. My underwhelming, I am being polite here, Devonshire Tea ends up coming in at $13.50, which is a rip off considering the quality and quantity.
Tea: A handful of Lipton tea bag choices.
Overall: Overpriced and underwhelming.
Location: 121 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9247 9978
Reviewed in November, 2013