With a name like The Sconery, you know there’s going to be scones on the menu. Well, there are scones, but you won’t find them on the menu. Instead, the plain, raisin, and white chocolate and cranberry scones are stacked high on a cake plate, so there’s no mistaking them, even on approach. Tucked away in Chippendale, in between busy City Road, Cleveland Street and Broadway, The Sconery doesn’t attract passing traffic, unless it’s a local – or someone in the know, like myself (a friend told me about it). Adjacent to a leafy park, it has tables spilling out into a front courtyard, which is lovely if you don’t want to sit indoors. I go traditional and order a plain scone, which is a good size and dense. I am told that a lot of people ask for scone toast, which is basically the scone cut in half and both sides are put in a toaster press, mmm, odd. The British owner, Jason, is a pastry chef and runs scone and cupcake baking classes on the premises and tells me he makes the clotted cream and the strawberry/raspberry jam. The clotted cream is definitely a nice touch – impressive.
Tea: A few choices of loose-leaf tea.
Overall: A hidden spot away from the mayhem.
Location: 71/65 Myrtle St, Chippendale NSW 2008 www.thesconery.com.au
Reviewed in November, 2013