Clancy’s Cafe

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Yeoval. What? Where? I had never heard of the place until I passed through the tiny town on my way from Wellington to Peak Hill. The Visitor’s Centre/Banjo Patterson Exhibition/café sits on the edge of town, only noticeable by the large wavering bright yellow ‘OPEN’ sign that flags down passersby. But it’s the Devonshire Tea sign that gets me, and maybe the pennyfarthings in the front yard of the former community hall. Yeoval’s claim to fame is Banjo Paterson. Apparently the poet spent the first seven years of his life here. Anyone who has visited Australian country towns, may be inclined to think that old Banjo definitely got around or lived a very long life, considering the number of places ‘claiming’ the poet did ‘something’ in their town. Henry Lawson gets the same. Whatever brings visitors to town is what I say, and for me the scones definitely would. They are lovingly homebaked, light and fluffy with a creamy texture and taste. The cream too is sensational. Real cream whipped thick with an electric beater – how hard is that? Not very, and I wish more places did it. The jam is average, but nice and thick and not syrupy sweet, and the mix works brilliantly. Scone lovers are crazy not to stop for five dollar DTs, and maybe linger to learn a bit more about the illustrious poet.

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Tea: A large selection of Twining tea bags served in a good-sized pot.

Price: $

Overall: A damn good Devonshire Tea at a bargain price!

Location: Banjo Paterson Museum, 43 Forbes St, Yeoval NSW 2868 Ph: 0427 208913

Reviewed July, 2015

Cactus Cafe & Gallery

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On my recent visit to Wellington, 50 kilometres southeast of Dubbo, I discover that in 1823, Wellington became and was the most western colonial outpost in Australia. Although you have to use your imagination as there isn’t much left in the way of infrastructure, a stop off at Maynggu Ganai Historic Site contains relics of a convict agricultural settlement that was later replaced by a religious mission for Aborigines, existing until 1845. Such are the interesting things you discover in small towns. The caves tea rooms are closed for renovations so I head to town and find Cactus Cafe & Gallery, which looks like a Spanish hacienda and more suited to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The former Sacred Heart Infants’ School built in 1929-30, still retains the architecture, high ceilings and salmon coloured exterior. These days, children’s desks are replaced with clothing, home and giftware, and a dining area which spills out on to the verandah and in to the garden. There’s a steady stream of customers, and it’s obviously a popular dining spot. The scones are homemade, but have a rubbery texture from being heated up in the microwave. The jam is average and cream freshly whipped. It’s not a bad combination and the surrounds and heritage building definitely add to the value.

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Tea: A selection of Twining tea bags served in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: An interesting café that combines history, dining and boutique shopping.

Location: 33-35 Warne St, Wellington NSW 2820 Ph: 02 6845 4647

Reviewed July, 2015