I’m not sure what Flower Power Warriewood is like on the weekends, but during the week the crowds are non-existent and it’s a pleasure to potter around the plants and homewares, and to pick up herbs for the garden. Since the closure of Purple Mint Cafe, which incidentally did the best Devonshire Tea on Sydney’s northern beaches, I’ve been waiting patiently for the new cafe to open. The refurbished space has reopened as Sanctuary Cafe and Restaurant with a facelift and a new menu and some Italian products for sale. Unfortunately, this Devonshire Tea doesn’t come anywhere near the previous cafes offering. The scones are, I think wholemeal date, and are dry, heavy and sweet, and to me not particularly appetising. The Made in Italy Le Conserve de la Nonna jams are a treat, and I find myself tossing up between the fig and the quince jams. The cream is thankfully fresh but a tad too light and the portions are quite small considering the size and the texture of the scones (they need a lot of lubrication). Good to see some good quality loose-leaf teas.
Tea: A good selection of Tea Craft loose-leaf teas served in a sufficient sized teapot.
Overall: It’s a shame they don’t serve the same Devonshire Teas as the former cafe.
Location: Flower Power Garden Centre Warriewood, 22 Macpherson St, Warriewood NSW 2102
Ph: 02 9979 2557 www.sanctuarycafe.com.au
Reviewed in November, 2014