Denman in the Upper Hunter is horse country. The place has more horse studs than you can shake a stick at as well as enough wineries so you still know you’re in the Hunter Valley region. It’s a beautiful sunny day and every table in the front courtyard of Graze @ Denman is taken so my next option for a seat is in one of the rooms inside. The renovated timber house has beautiful stained glass windows and soaring pressed metal ceilings, and the walls are adorned with local artwork that provides a diversion while waiting for food to arrive. Although it’s not yet 12pm, I’m lucky to nab the last scone – I apologise to those hoping for an afternoon Devonshire Tea delight. Luckily the scone is on the large side and is wholesome and creamy, just how I like them. There’s also plenty of thickly whipped fresh cream, which masks the average jam. I do like it when I have more jam and cream than I need, especially when the scones are dense.
Tea: A small selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A buzzing eatery in a tastefully renovated house.
Location: 25 Ogilvie St, Denman NSW 2328 Ph: 02 6547 1115
Reviewed August, 2015