It’s nice to visit a cafe that retains a homely vibe rather than try to be like all the other cafes – hip and trendy. While most cafes are renovating and revamping, will those that remain as they have done when they first opened their doors decades before, become ‘the’ place to go? Village Coffee Shop & Restaurant is that sort of place. Without having a local’s knowledge, would I be wrong in saying that the whole family works in this cafe? It’s very popular, and as it fills I start to feel guilty for taking up a table for four. The scones look homemade, although when I take my first bite are a bit chewy, no doubt from the heating process, but if fresh, have lots of potential. The jam is, how can I say this – unusual. Sickly sweet and thick, reminding me of the jam consistency of my childhood when XL jam arrived in cans. The cream is my favourite; fresh and thickly whipped. So simple, yet so effective.
Tea: Eight classic varieties of loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.
Overall: Homely and simple.
Location: 168 Argyle St, Camden NSW 2570 Ph: 02 4655 6285
Reviewed in November, 2014