To me, Cafe Botanica looks stark rather than warm and inviting. The scones sitting in the glass cake container on the counter aren’t particularly appealing, but I am determined to give this café a shot. It’s my second attempt at a Devonshire Tea here and I’m not being turned away this time – still an hour from closing time. The café must get large groups, as all tables are big enough for at least six diners, including the picnic bench-like tables in the annex. Sit at the large picture windows that look beyond the bitumen car park to lush gardens and Swane’s Nursery. With a light sifting of icing sugar on the top, the scones have been transformed to light and fluffy pillows of loveliness. The strawberry jam is average but is good enough, and the cream is way too light for my taste but at least it’s fresh.
Tea: A selection of Twining tea bags served in a standard sized teapot or a few choices of loose-leaf tea in a plunger pot.
Overall: The café is more comfortable than its looks.
Location: Swane’s Nursery, 490 Galston Rd, Dural NSW 2158 Ph: 02 9653 9051
Reviewed June, 2015