There are more wineries in the Margaret River Region then you’ll have time to poke a stick at, and a few with restaurants and cafes. If you can tear yourself away from the pristine beaches that look more tropical and spectacular than most I have seen in south-east Asia (and I have seen probably 75 per cent of them), then you are in for a treat with some mouth-watering menus and amazing wines. Short on time, I scour Trip Advisor and find a review on the scones at The Nookery Cafe at Woody Nook Wines, a slightly out-of-the-way and unknown to me winery. The review describes large scones but nothing could prepare me for how big they actually are. Scones on steroids is how I would describe them, and large is not always best because they are far too large for morning or afternoon tea, even if you are sharing. To me, the scones have a strange flavour that I can’t put my finger on – maybe it’s the icing sugar on top. The cream is sweet and light, and the fresh strawberry is a nice touch. I’m not a fan of chunky preserved fruit in a bit of sweet syrup masquerading as jam. It’s like eating a fruit sandwich, and I stopped eating those when I left primary school (think banana sandwiches). Wineries are often associated with inflated prices and gourmet food but it’s a bit ridiculous. Not only are the two scones accompanied with only enough jam and cream for half of one, but also the price is a bit high. The tea is a run-of-the-mill Twining tea bag and I have to actually go up and order my meal at the bar. With prices like this it’s absurd! ‘It is WA after all’ comes to mind yet again!
Tea: The usual variety of teas found at most cafes. Twining tea bags served in a pot.
Overall: An intimate winery experience.
Location: Woody Nook Wines, 506 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280 Ph: 08 9755 7030
Reviewed March, 2015