The House of Gabriel may tower over the few businesses in tiny Tumbulgum with its grandeur, but further down the road and still offering the same magnificent views of the Tweed River and beyond, the Birdwing Cafe & Curios does things its own quirky way. Slightly tucked away, look for the handful of tables, the cosy café in an old timber house has a real welcome and warmth to it. It’s so relaxing I want to doze off in one of their comfy chairs to the backdrop of classical music playing in the background. Check out the plaque marking the river levels of the 1954 floods on the front steps as you enter the café. The menu is loaded with homestyle dishes including the homemade scones. They’re a little burnt on the bottom and being heated up in the microwave has robbed my scone of any flavour. The raspberry jam is thick and firm, not bad for an average brand, and the cream is thickly whipped. Love the fine bone China trio set and tea strainer – very, la di da! Have a good look around before you leave, as there are all kinds of things in dusty corners for sale, including art, new and used books, and a mini nursery around the back – if you are after a souvenir pot plant or Buddha statue.
Tea: A small range of Madura loose-leaf teas served in a generous teapot.
Overall: A quirky and cosy vibe with sensational views across the Tweed River.
Location: 116 Riverside Dr, Tumbulgum NSW 2490 Ph: 02 6676 6048
Reviewed April, 2015