Porongurup Shop & Tearooms although feeling quite isolated is surrounded by a plethora of wineries and cellar doors. The rocky Porongurup Range rises up behind the property and serves not only as a splendid backdrop to the area but is a magnate for hikers and daytrippers from Albany 50km further south. Opened in 1937, the Tearooms feature a general store where you can pick up local arts and crafts and basic necessities, as well as fuel from a bowser that resembles Ned Kelly. Alongside the Devonshire Teas, homemade meals feature heavily on the blackboard menu, and I’m tempted to order a few dishes. There are several places to settle in: the tearoom itself, a grotto style outdoor area, in the garden, or out the front of the shop. Two crispy scones are served that look very much homemade and have great potential as they hit the mark on taste. However, both of my scones end up having thumb-size hard pieces of dough throughout that are inedible. The strawberry jam is syrupy rather than rich and fruity, and although the cream is fresh, it’s quite lightly whipped. The Devonshire Tea is delivered with warm and friendly country hospitality, which definitely makes up for my dubious scones.
Tea: A choice of tea bags served in a cute small teapot with extra hot water for a top up.
Overall: A cute cafe well worth the stop to absorb the areas ambience.
Location: 1972 Mount Barker Porongurup Rd, Porongurup WA 6324 Ph: 08 9853 1110
Reviewed March, 2015