It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover or a bottle of wine by its label, but we all do it. So when I first see the bland brick block that commandeers Orange Grove corner (the name of the public kiddies play area/park and the public school across the road) and houses The Local Press café, I’m inclined to walk right by. But with a splash of green signage on the brickwork and a buzzing sunny courtyard and cosy interior, this is definitely a locals secret and worth a stop. Scones are a Sunday Special and I am thinking a winter thing by what I saw on their Facebook page in June, so be sure to call up and check if you are making a special trip. Both the tea and the scones are served on separate breadboards in keeping up with the current trend. There are three homemade scones that are more rock cake than soft fluffy scone: think heavy and rustic rather than English tea party. The jam is more tart than sweet and the cream thickly whipped. I ask for a second serving of jam as there isn’t much in the small dish, and it isn’t a problem. Don’t be shy about asking for a hot water top up for your teapot – the teapots are small but the tealeaves strong.
Tea: A selection of T-Nomics loose-leaf teas served in a cast iron pot that holds far less than it weighs.
Overall: A buzzy and very local café.
Location: 19/331 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield NSW 2040 Ph: 02 9818 1255 www.thelocalpress.com.au
Reviewed July, 2015