The late Norman Lindsay’s work as an artist, sculptor, writer and cartoonist is splendidly preserved and presented at his former home in Faulconbridge. The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum is home to the Magic Pudding and various other works, with the sandstone cottage and landscaped gardens now run by the National Trust. It’s an interesting foray for art lovers as well as those interested in sneaking a peek into the former artist’s decadent lifestyle. Perusing artwork and wandering through museums and gardens is tiring business, so how convenient is Lindsay’s Cafe then? Situated just where you need it – at the edge of the beautifully manicured and extensive gardens. The Devonshire Tea, although simple in presentation, offers a good balance of tasty scones, although I do detect a sweet aftertaste, and enough freshly whipped cream raspberry jam. The jam is good enough and the proportions of jam and cream to scones is perfect. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the lower mountains, but take note that the cafe can get very busy on weekends, so time your visit.
Tea: An interesting variety of loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.
Overall: A relaxing hidden enclave.
Location: The Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, 12 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776
Ph: 02 4751 9611 www.lindsayscafe.com.au
Reviewed April, 2014