Riverview Deck Cafe

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Who would have thought that with only a handful of businesses in town that at least two of them serve Devonshire Teas. This one is kind of cool. The Riverdeck Cafe is only a small part of the bigger business picture. The cafe runs alongside a gift shop, a working petrol station and a car mechanic. Handy if you need to get your car serviced as you can spend several hours on the back deck that looks over the Paterson River and the impressive rail bridge. It’s quiet and far from the rambling trucks that pass by out front and when the countryside is green, the lush landscape is a sight for sore eyes. There are lots of home-baked cakes on the front counter in the cashiers’ area (in the middle of the business) and a stack of scones. Order as many or as little as you like as items are priced separately. The scones have once again proved that folk in the country know how to make a good scone. Light with a creamy aftertaste, they are a pleasure. The jam and cream punch well above average and there is plenty of both. Overall this is a great choice.

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Tea: A huge variety of Twinnings and Lipton’s teabags served in a good-sized pot.

Price: $$

Overall: The river view is magic.

Location: 26 King St, Paterson NSW 2421 Ph: 02 4938 5133
www.apvt.com.au/paterson-service-station/

Reviewed June, 2014

CBC Bed & Breakfast and Cafe

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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.

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Tea: A small variety of loose-leaf teas served in a fabric infuser in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: Love the sunny verandah on a warm winters day.

Location: 19 King St, Paterson NSW 2421 Ph: 02 4938 5767
www.cbc-bedandbreakfastandcafe.com.au

Reviewed June, 2014

Lillies & Limes Gourmet Catering

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Who can resist the promise of the ‘best scones’ in town? I know, I shouldn’t believe propaganda, but why not see how good they really are? Lillies & Limes Gourmet Catering is tucked away up a dull concrete alley right next door to the Morpeth Post Office. I guess if you are one of the dwindling clientele that uses a Post Office then you might notice the business, but honestly it that’s damn sign, so full of promises, that gets my attention. I manage to slink in just before an early closing time of 3pm and nab one of the few scones left. I must admit they do look good, big and wholesome. I wouldn’t call the place a cafe as such, more a big open plan kitchen with one large table and a bunch of small tables scattered around in the bland concrete courtyard. It looks like some serious cooking and baking gets done rather than lots of lingering. My spread (above) comes in at only $6! A bargain considering the big pot of loose-leaf tea, a massive dollop of chilled thickly whipped cream and a big soft and fluffy creamy tasting scone. Just wonderful! I overlook the average jam as everything else is superb.

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Tea: A small selection of loose-leaf teas served in a generous teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A top quality spread for a bargain price.

Location: 3/165 Swan St, Morpeth NSW 2321 Ph: 02 4933 7721 www.lilliesandlimes.com.au
Reviewed June, 2014