Since my last visit to Burnt Orange four years ago, the only big change I notice is the recent replacement of the downstairs gift shop with a function room/wedding venue. Shopaholics need not hang their heads though as there is still plenty of shopping to be had upstairs, with at least three rooms of the former Mosman Golf Club’s clubhouse jammed with giftware, clothes, tea ware, Christmas trinkets and a whole room reserved for children’s goodies. The sandstone structure is sensational and is nestled in bushland up the road from Mosman on the picturesque Middle Head. Scones are a firm fixture on the menu with a choice of plain, date, wholemeal and mixed berry. It’s a tough choice so I ask the maitre d’, who recommends the date scone. He also reminds me that they are served at room temperature and since this is the case, I am glad to be here in the morning, as I recall on my last visit the scone being dryish by the afternoon. The single large scone arrives accompanied with relatively thick Chantilly cream and the delicious Burnt Orange housemade raspberry or mixed berry jam. At first the scone seems tough but once I start pulling it apart it’s loaded with dates and spice, and if you are more partial to the light and fluffy scone, you may be disappointed. However, considering the scones have been on the menu for at least four years, I don’t think Mosmanites are bothered one bit!
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: An exquisite setting coupled with everything the modern scone loving person needs.
Location: 1109 Middle Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 Ph: 02 9969 1020 www.burntorange.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2014