Some say that some things never change, however at the Vaucluse House Tearooms this is certainly not the case. My last visit was four years ago, and comparing the images of the Devonshire Teas is remarkable. What does remain the same is the lovely relaxing ambience of this exquisite property tucked away in Sydney’s exclusive eastern suburbs. The sun-dappled courtyard is a major drawcard at anytime of the day, but it’s a real shame that the scones aren’t up to scratch. Four years ago they scored an ‘average’, and today they don’t fair any better. They look great but are very dry. A couple of people in my party barely touch them, deeming them inedible. The three-berry jam is tasty but nothing exceptional and the clotted cream that saved this spread on my last visit has been replaced with double thick cream, or so it tastes like it. My experience with clotted cream has been very different. Surely discerning Brits would ask ‘where’s the clotted cream?’ that the menu clearly promises. Time your visit for a Friday or weekend, and take a tour of the historic Vaucluse House. Devonshire Teas are served until 12pm daily.
Tea: A good selection of loose-leaf teas.
Overall: A beautiful historic establishment in a leafy and gorgeous park.
Location: Wentworth Ave, Vaucluse NSW 2030 Ph: 02 9388 8188 www.hht.net.au/visiting/cafes/
Reviewed in November, 2014