Although only a ten or so minutes drive from downtown Port Macquarie, the Abundance Lifestyle and Garden feels a world away. Essentially a garden centre with a restaurant/café overlooking a duck filled lake, I’m not sure how much plant perusing is going on. After a few minutes lakeside, it’s seriously difficult to tear yourself away from the chilled ambience. Whatever daytime meal you are after, the drawcard is definitely the splendid surrounds. Since I’m dining alone and on a scone bender, I go for the half serve, i.e. one scone rather than two. Heading down the traditional pathway, I order the plain, although the date scone looks tempting. The plain impresses with its creamy fluffiness, and the jam, although nothing flash, is thick and firm and has substance to it. I am seeing a theme in this region in regards to the cream. Yet another café serving cream from a whipped cream dispenser with a fancy nozzle, chilled and firm. Nice one!
Tea: A small selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: The sublime lake view is worth an extended visit.
Location: Abundance Lifestyle and Garden, 274 Rawdon Island Rd, Sancrox NSW 2446
Ph: 02 6586 0030 www.abundance.net.au
Reviewed August, 2015