Moorland Cottage in tiny Moorland, a kilometre off the Pacific Highway, claims that they have the best scones on the coast. That’s a big call, as it’s a long coastline, but after my recent visit, I might have to agree with them. You could say that Moorland Cottage is a bit of a destination, not in the Disneyland sense, but it’s a lovely place to fuel up on food while at the same time taking a break from the bitumen. Relax in the shady garden, where tables are topped with ‘tea potted plants,’ or take a table inside and pick up a memento from the goodies for sale. It’s warm and inviting with myriad teaware, soaps, relishes and jams to buy. Their scones are seriously sensational. The day I drop in, plain and date scones have just come out of the oven (I arrive mid morning). They are light and fluffy with a slightly crisp outer layer, and the date scones are rich and moist without being too overpowering with the dates. The rich mixed berry jam, that tastes more like raspberry jam is house made, and the cream is whipped as thick as possible. Moorland Cottage is a gem for road trippers, although shame about the ordinary tea bag. With some loose-leaf tea, this Devonshire Tea could be one of the attractions/highlights of any Pacific Highway road trip. I know where I’m stopping next time! Conveniently open seven days a week from 9am until 4pm.
Tea: A selection of tea bags (mine was an ALDI Diplomat tea bag) served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A ‘not-to-be-missed’ Pacific Highway ‘must-do’.
Location: 34 Hannam Vale Rd, Moorland NSW 2443 Ph: 0413 230 831
Reviewed April, 2015