The ‘closed’ sign is up at the Chelsea Tea House but every table in the place is taken, food is still coming out of the kitchen and it’s not even 2pm. Ignoring the sign, I sniff out the scones that are sitting on the counter, and the chef is happy to plate some up although the place is closing. Most of the seating is in the shady and leafy courtyard out the front, which is what captures your attention if you’re passing by. It screams, ‘I want to eat here’! The scones are unusual, and at first glance look more like scrolls as they are fairly flat and have lots of currants on top and are spiked with cinnamon. I usually like berry compote, however this one is high on the syrup with barely a berry in sight, which makes it really challenging to put on the scone. The cream is freshly whipped and could be a tad thicker but it’s still a pretty good all-rounder. Open Monday to Sunday 7.15am to 2pm, and Friday and Saturday evenings.
Tea: An interesting selection of Tippity organic loose-leaf teas served in a pot.
Overall: Lovely outdoor eatery.
Location: 2/48 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon NSW 2107 Ph: 02 9973 3090
Reviewed September, 2014