I am surprised to see the sign saying ‘Devonshire Teas’ outside the front of the swanky Escarpment. Well, that’s what I always thought about this eatery in Blackheath, which is a testament to the glorious art deco era with timber floors and subdued warmth. Earlier this year the eatery gave their menu a major overhaul and now offer Tapas, which I am told has been a huge success with Friday and Saturday night reservations highly recommended. The Devonshire Tea comes with one scone that looks much like a muffin, no surprises there as it’s baked in a muffin tray. According to the signage out front, these unusual babies are made from the same award-winning recipe that got them a feature on Channel 7s Queensland Weekender some years ago. Not sure how to tackle my ‘scoffin’, torn in half like a scone or whichever way you eat a muffin, I try to break it apart without getting too many crumbs on the floor. Although the jam is quite average, the cream is rich and thick with just enough of both for the scone if you are liberal. The offer to top up my teapot with hot water is much appreciated and very much welcome.
Tea: A small variety of tea bag teas served in a lovely teapot.
Overall: Love the gorgeous cosy and stylish space.
Location: 246 Great Western Hwy, Blackheath NSW 2785 Ph: 02 4787 7269
Reviewed May, 2014