Porongurup Shop & Tearooms

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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.

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Tea: A choice of tea bags served in a cute small teapot with extra hot water for a top up.

Price: $$

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
www.porongurupinn.com.au

Reviewed March, 2015

 

 

Bush Food Cafe

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Fremantle Markets have been operating in the same place since 1897, which is quite a feat. A destination in itself, it’s a hub for fresh produce, organic goods, unusual eateries, indigenous and independent goods, and music and kiddies events on the weekend. I find Bush Food Cafe near the fruit and vegetables and the first thing I notice is, no, not the scones on the counter, but the colourful wall murals and the inscription – “Kaya is hello in Nyoongar” and the virtues of kangaroo, crocodile and emu meat. The cafe is run by local Nyoongar women Glenda Morrison and Neta Knapp and it serves witchety grubs, kangaroo stew and tail, emu, crocodile, roo dogs, wattle seed and quandong cakes and gum leave tea. At an indigenous themed cafe it’s weird to find scones, but then again, I wouldn’t expect to be served by a young guy with a thick Italian (?) accent I can barely understand. I’m a little disappointed when my scone is halved and dressed with the jam and cream, I do so prefer to do that myself – it’s part of the experience. I also like my scones slightly warm; I never did like cold pikelets (mini pancakes) as a kid. There’s an unusual choice of jams and I try the quandong, although there is passionfruit/berry/fig marmalade (I think – remember, the Italian accent). I can’t really taste the jam as it’s thinly spread and the cream is fresh but very light. Pick up some unusual goodies before you leave.

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Tea: A range of teas including Australiana stuff like Aussie Breakfast, Gum Leaf Tea and Kimberley Tea.

Price: $$

Overall: Strategically situated in the fruit and vegetable section of Fremantle markets.

Location: Fremantle Markets, Stall Y124, Cnr South Terrace & Henderson St, Fremantle WA 6160
Ph: 08 9335 2515 www.fremantlemarkets.com.au

Reviewed March, 2015

Cape Lavender Tea House

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Before I even enter Cape Lavender Tea House I can smell wafts of lavender floating through the air. Inside, the lavender theme is hard to ignore with the purple hue ever-present in the decor. Purple is my favourite colour so I am in heaven. There are a few small rooms to poke around in if you are in the mood for some shopping or want to try some luscious beauty products or jams. My senses are overloaded with so many perfect little details from the cow shaped milk jug to the lavender print on the tea ware that, no doubt, help create a highly successful tea house. The three choices of scones; lavender, plain and savoury (chives and cheese today), is bound to be a crowd pleaser. We are served strawberry jam infused with lavender, but if I’m honest, I am so infused with lavender – it’s in my scone, my tea and I’m surrounded by skin products that smell good enough to eat, I must say that I really can’t taste it. Apparently the jam flavour changes throughout the week, rotating between lavender infused raspberry or plum. The cream is thick and rich and tops off a sensational spread perfect to share with new or old friends. The little extra features like lavender printed crockery and the sprig of fresh lavender in the cream is a lovely touch. Don’t forget to taste the wide range of jams before you leave and maybe pick up some lavender tea and other goodies to take home.

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Tea: A good choice of T2 loose-leaf teas and an organic decaffeinated lavender black, blended on-site.

Price: $$

Overall: Sensational! Don’t miss it!

Location: 2 Canal Rocks Rd, Yallingup WA 6282 Ph: 08 9756 6609 www.lavenderonline.com.au

Reviewed March, 2015

Cafe 8

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The canopy of a huge Fig tree creates much needed shade in the courtyard that houses Cafe 8 and a few other businesses. Denmark, the small country town west of Albany not the country, has a few cafes and after perusing, I manage to find Cafe 8 tucked away behind a bakery and that Fig tree. No doubt you will pass through Denmark at some stage. Perhaps to visit one of the wineries, on your way to the Valley of the Giants where the only Tingle Trees grow or to cool off in the swimming pool like waters of Green Pools. It’s easy to overstay as Denmark has much to offer. Cafe 8 promises homemade fare, and they aren’t lying, the scones definitely fall in to this category: light, fluffy and tasty. The jam is a commercial variety but rich and tastes of more than just sugar. The whipped cream has been prettily deposited on dishes and thoughtfully refrigerated. A great idea for warm days.

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Tea: A small variety of loose-leaf teas and tea bags served in good-sized pot.

Price: $$

Overall: Surprisingly good and as promised – homemade.

Location: Shop 8, 27 Strickland St, Denmark WA 6333 Ph: 08 9848 2051

Reviewed March, 2015

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Cafe

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Cape Leeuwin lighthouse sits strategically on the most south-western point of the Australian mainland towering over the invisible line where the Indian and the Southern Oceans meet. For $20, slip on an audio headset and meander through the grounds learning about the life of a lighthouse keeper and book on a 30-minute lighthouse tour. Walking up all those stairs and reading all the interesting information about shipwrecks and wild oceans builds up an appetite. Back at the old cottage/entrance, pick up a souvenir and order a Lighthouse Devonshire Tea, with as many scones as you can handle. The views are lovely, either towards the lighthouse or the Southern Ocean, with the café protected from unruly weather by floor to ceiling glass windows. The scone tastes homemade but is a bit tough on the top today. The strawberry jam is the standard kind -nothing special- but the whipped cream is fresh and thick, making this Devonshire Tea ‘better than average.’

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Tea: A basic range of tea bags served in a good-sized pot.

Price: $$

Overall: It is after all the most south-westerly point on the continent.

Location: Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA 6290 Ph: 08 9780 5911
www.margaretriver.com/what-to-do/4-lighthouse

Reviewed March, 2015