On a sunny summer’s day, Watson Bay is absolutely gorgeous and feels a million miles from the traffic congestion that I had to tackle to get here. It’s only when you look west towards the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline that you are reminded that indeed, this is Sydney. Perched on Sydney’s south head, Watsons Bay is a magnate for day-trippers from all over the globe. It has the best of both worlds; dramatic ocean views from the cliff tops over the infamous Gap, and the more serene vista of boats bobbing in calm harbour waters – either way, you’re spoilt for choice. For elegance you can’t miss the sophisticated Dunbar House that commands the southern edge of Robertson Park and has views over the bay and the city poking up in the distance. Luckily we arrive mid-morning on a weekday, park easily and nab a table on the verandah. Impressive crockery arrives, and my friend is audibly chuffed with her cute cup and saucer as well as the classy silver teapots. The plain and sultana scones are straight out of the oven and are steamy and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. We can’t place the rich, fruity but tart jam. Thinking it may be plum; we’re told it is made-on-the-premises strawberry. I like it, none of the sweet syrupy synthetic stuff for me! The double thick cream pairs nicely with the ensemble, and I love the jam and cream cups.
Tea: A good selection of quality loose-leaf teas served in swanky teapots.
Overall: Superb! It ticks all the right boxes.
Location: 9 Marine Pde, Watsons Bay NSW 2030 Ph: 02 9337 126 www.dunbarhouse.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2013