I stumble across the Shingle Inn franchise by googling ‘scones in Chatswood’. Mall rats may already know the cafe chain, and by looking at the website, it has a strong presence in Queensland and in many Westfields in Sydney, with Chatswood having two! I must say that I struggle to find the cafe tucked in a quiet corner away from the hustle and bustle of the other dining outlets, which is a good sign if you want some peace. The comfy lounge chairs and booths covered in plush velour teemed with dark overtones in the cafe are a welcoming sight. The service is quick and professional, and in no time I am tucking in to my scone, which is basically a sweet bread roll. The strawberry jam is nondescript and the cream, straight out of a can, is light and sweet. The $4.30 for a small pot of Lipton’s tea annoys me. I have better quality tea at home and it’s a shame you only have a choice of supermarket teas at a cafe, especially since you are paying enough for it. Coffee drinkers usually get quality coffees, so why can’t tea drinkers? Anyway, enough said! Shingle Inn franchises can be found throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Tea: A variety of tea bags served in a small pot.
Overall: The dark decor creates a cosy atmosphere.
Location: Westfield Chatswood, Level 3, 1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067
Ph: 02 9411 6946 www.shingleinn.com
Reviewed in February, 2014