My affection for red rattlers or old train carriages started six years ago when I met my partner. He was (and still is) painstakingly transforming a red rattler into a future home and then eventually a holiday rental. Six years ago it was a vision, and now it’s almost a reality, and I am yet to find a carriage that matches the meticulously renovated one that now is part of my life. At the Red Rattler Gallery I peruse the pictures showing the before and after shots and follow the 1928 red rattlers story, which incidentally feels very familiar. The two carriages are parked parallel to each other and are linked by a timber deck, which is a wonderful outdoor dining area. One carriage has been transformed into a gift shop with the café kitchen at one end, while the other is a dining carriage decked out in booth-style dining. Alfresco loving diners are well catered for but the draw card here is certainly eating at one of the tables inside. I arrive late in the afternoon and manage to nab the last scone. It’s a shame as the scone is so good that I could have done with two! Although the scone leans heavily on the yellow side, it tastes incredible – light and fluffy with a creamy after taste. The jam is average and the cream is thickly whipped, and there are plenty of both. Open Wednesday to Sunday, but don’t leave your visit until too late in the day as they close up shop by 4.30pm even though the sign says 5pm or if they’re busy they can run out of scones. Also give yourself enough time so you can absorb the fascinating train features and atmosphere.
Tea: A good range of loose-leaf teas served in a decent-sized teapot.
Overall: What a place to have as your local café! Yes please!
Location: 385 Tomewin Rd, Dungay NSW 2484 Ph: 02 6672 7254
Reviewed April, 2015