The Campbell’s Store was built in 1835 and in its heyday was THE place to shop in the Hunter Valley – the owner even minted his own money! Nowadays after a revamp (the place fell in to disrepair), it’s a destination in itself with a bunch of different shops selling arts and crafts, toys, skin products, novelty tea pots, pretty much something for everyone as they say. There’s an old train carriage out the back and if you’re a fan of ginger beer there’s the Morpeth Ginger Beer Factory. Even my partner, who doesn’t do tourist kitsch, bought a tool for his man cave. The only cafe in this complex is The Servants Quarters Tea Room, which has a large outdoor area (thankfully filled with heaters) and a cosy indoor tea room. According to Trip Advisor, the place is famous for their scones, and they get a great rap. The scones look like mini dampers and are a good size – I like them, but my partner thinks they are a bit dry today. There is a sufficient amount of both jam and cream, and although the jam is average the cream is exceptional – thick and rich without being the double thick or dollop variety. Open from Thursday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
Tea: Some loose-leaf and tea bag teas served in a small pot.
Overall: Surround yourself in history.
Location: 175 Swan St, Morpeth NSW 2321 Ph: 02 4934 1857
Reviewed June, 2014