Nutcote, the former harbourside home of children’s author and illustrator May Gibbs of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie fame, is tucked away in an unassuming Neutral Bay street surrounded by towering apartment blocks of varying eras. The sliver of waterside property has a gorgeous garden and for nine dollars you can watch a 20-minute video and take a tour of the bungalow. The whole place feels otherworldly and it’s hard to believe you are in spitting distance of the city. I must admit, I’ve lived in the area for more than 13 years, and this is the first time I have visited Nutcote and primarily it’s for the Bib & Bub Tea Room. Run by volunteers, Nutcote is only open from Wednesday to Sunday, and at this stage the Tea Room only manages to serve tea, scones and cake on a Wednesday and Thursday due to a volunteer shortage. The setting is the drawcard and the scones, lack the freshness you’d expect at a volunteer run tearoom. The cream is thickly whipped but the jam is below average. Nonetheless, it’s a superb place to hide out away from the madding Sydney crowds and don’t forget to pick up some great gifts in the little shop at the entrance.
Tea: A small variety of teabags served in a small pot.
Overall: A hidden gem.
Location: 5 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay NSW 2089 Ph: 02 9953 4453 www.nutcote.org
Reviewed in December, 2013