Originally the CBC Bed & Breakfast and Cafe was the Paterson Branch of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney. The elegant building commands a massive corner block and dominates tiny Paterson. Inside the old bank vault acts as a mini shop with jams and souvenirs for sale and the interior dining area is renovated to retain its history but has enough kitsch to keep Laura Ashley fans happy. On a sunny day, the wrap around verandah is the place to sit; it’s a winter sun catcher if you don’t mind the rumble of the semi trailers hurtling through the town and around the corner every three to five minutes (I’m there on a Friday). It may be the country way, but why do the scones taste so good out here? Simple yet creamy and baked just like Nanna’s (I’d like to point out that my grandmother was Polish so there were no scones for me), I’m sure the baker belongs to the Country Women’s Association (CWA). The jam was better than your average and the cream, although lightly whipped is chilled so there’s some depth to the cream. The cafe is open from Friday to Sunday.
Tea: A small variety of loose-leaf teas served in a fabric infuser in a small pot.
Overall: Love the sunny verandah on a warm winters day.
Location: 19 King St, Paterson NSW 2421 Ph: 02 4938 5767
Reviewed June, 2014