Sharing the corner waterfront property with the public library, the Watsons Bay Tea Gardens is a lovely relaxed cafe just that little bit further away from the ferry wharf in the quieter direction. Opposite the free public bathing pool, the busy garden cafe offers the same million-dollar Sydney city views as the other eateries in Watsons Bay, with the added bonus of the ease of popping over for a quick swim, or maybe grabbing a book from the onsite library. The scones are okay. I don’t see any in the cake cabinet and they definitely aren’t fresh out of the oven, but more likely heated up in a microwave. The jam is the stock-standard variety, and will do, and the cream is freshly whipped. While you’re there, take a walk to Camp Cove for a swim and further along the path to South Head. Also check out the walking path past The Gap and to Vaucluse Lighthouse – magic.
Tea: A few choices of loose-leaf teas served in a plunger pot.
Overall: Simple cafe with killer views.
Location: 8 Marine Pde, Watsons Bay NSW 2030 Ph: 02 9337 6733 www.teagardenscafe.com
Reviewed in December, 2013