I have broken scones at Mt Canobolas Tea House on many occasions, namely under the reign of the long-standing owners, which was also before it briefly became Miss Daisy’s Tea House (I somehow missed that era). The interiors feel brighter after being spruced up with a few new touches here and there, but other than that the exterior remains the same. My visit coincides with a bleak wintry day so diners are inside hovering around the fire. In warmer weather when the gardens are in full bloom, tables are brought out in to the sunshine, or shade, depending on your preference. Mt Canobolas on the outskirts of Orange is an outdoor playground for the locals, so needless to say, the tea house is well patronised. I’m also equally glad the latest owners have decided to keep scones on the menu. A tea house is not a tea house without scones, right? The scones are superb: fresh, light and creamy on the inside and encased in a delicate crispy shell. Truly exqusite. On the other hand the portions of jam and cream are frugal, and I can’t comprehend why the jam is of average quality? There is a stack of quality jams for sale, so why not showcase them? The cream too is below par; mine is almost dissolving in the tiny dish it arrives in. A shame as the Devonshire Tea would be an absolute winner if the cream and jam were up to scratch.
Tea: A range of Tea Drop pyramid tea bags served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: The Tea House is a favourite at anytime of the year.
Location: 42 Mount Canobolas Rd, Orange NSW 2800 Ph: 02 6365 3227
Reviewed August, 2015