It’s not just the attractive art that attracts the hordes of visitors to the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in South Murwillumbah. I think it also has something to do with the large picture windows in the foyer that are a piece of art and offer sweeping views of the Tweed Valley towards Mt. Warning. Serendipitously these views are the same that diners at The Gallery Cafe have, which is probably why you need to book a table at lunchtime. Run by the boys from Mavis’s Kitchen in Uki, the Devonshire Tea spread is almost identical to what you can get at Mavis’s. The hearty scones are large and good for sharing (unless you are really hungry), although they could do with more jam and cream. They’re fresh and slightly crispy and pair well with Mavis’s Kitchen’s organic paw paw/pineapple/ginger jam. The jam is an unusual combination but a refreshing change, although I can’t really taste one distinct flavour. The cream is freshly whipped but a bit too light. The real winner here is that magical view!
Tea: A variety of organic loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot.
Overall: A very busy café with sensational views of the Tweed Valley.
Location: Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah
NSW 2484 Ph: 02 6670 2790 www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
Reviewed April, 2015