Historic Mt Victoria is a real treat; it’s tranquil and relaxing and doesn’t get the mass tourism like Katoomba and Leura. Along with the grand dames, the Victoria and Albert Guesthouse and The Imperial Hotel, train buffs will appreciate the ornate Mt Vic train station with attached museum (limited opening hours) and movie goers the cinema – Mt Vic Flicks – set in an old community hall with the real deal old cinema seats. Petalura Eatery has taken over the premises of the old Bay Leaf Cafe and Lolly Shop that was cute and cosy and highlighted the historic building. The new owners have revamped the building, knocking down walls and creating larger seating areas both indoors and out. Although it removes some of the ambience, I’m not complaining, as the deck area is a pleasant place to be on a summer’s day. The Devonshire Tea also presents well, delivered on a breadboard with plenty of thick whipped cream and although I require double the amount of jam, it is house made and divine. It’s blackberry today, but the menu says that they also serve strawberry jam as well. The scones are large and although fresh and tasty, crumble as I pull them apart. By the looks of things, it’s a popular spot for scones. Open 8 – 4pm Thursday to Sunday, but be aware that the kitchen closes at 3pm and scones do sell out, so get in early.
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf teas including some innovative herbal concoctions like ‘Vitality 4 Her’ & ‘Him’.
Overall: A good stop on your way through Mt Vic.
Location: 26 Station St (Harley Ave), Mount Victoria NSW 2786 Ph: 02 4787 1220
Reviewed in January, 2014