Tanwarra Lodge B&B Cafe

DT@Tanwarra Lodge B&B Cafe - Sofala#2
I arrive at Tanwarra Lodge B&B Cafe with Oscar, a blue cattle dog, which causes a ruckus as the resident hounds sense an intruder. Once the canine excitement dies down, I begin to enjoy the tranquil bush setting that envelope Tanwarra Lodge. I hate to say it, but it’s probably too quiet, as I the only one there, as it almost feels as though I am intruding. Although only a few minutes drive away from the historic mining village of Sofala, Tanwarra Lodge feels a world away from civilisation, and I can imagine a few nights at the B&B could revitalise tired city slickers. My Devonshire Tea arrives quickly and on a clever glass plate that seems specifically designed for such a spread. A generous dollop of thickly whipped fresh cream sits snugly beside plenty of ‘better-than-your-average’ strawberry jam. The scones are definitely homemade but are slightly chewy today – maybe they are frozen and reheated? They are also smaller than usual, and considering the amount of cream and jam served with them, it feels there should be at least three. The cafe is open from 5 – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9 – 9pm on weekends.

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Tea: A standard selection of Twining loose-leaf teas served in a pot.

Price: $$

Overall: A tranquil bush setting, which feels a long way from anywhere.

Location:  Ph: 02 6337 7537 
Reviewed in February, 2016

 

 

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Lily’s Pad Cafe

DT@Lily's Pad Cafe-Leura#4

First time visitors to Leura will feel overwhelmed by the vast number of eateries that, in the warmer months, spill out onto footpaths, into carparks, arcades and pretty gardens. To steer away from the usual tourist strip cafes is to discover some truly special gems that those not in the know, including me, might easily miss. Lily’s Pad Cafe is down a short walkway that leads from the Woolworth’s carpark, directly to the (now covered) outdoor seating area. Although I frequent the supermarket I have no idea that such a quaint cafe exists over the hedge from the bitumen carpark. Wedged between an apothecary and a hairdresser, the cafe has a relaxing vibe, and is away from the madness of Leura’s main drag. In addition to a vibrant and health driven menu are fresh housemade scones. They are slightly crisp on the outside with a soft fleshy middle, and are so lovely that I am happy to overlook the burnt bottom on one of them. The strawberry jam and tangy lemon curd are made on the premises, but both err on the runny side, and are more sauce than spread. The fresh cream could be a bit firmer, but considering it’s the middle of summer, it’s doing extremely well, and I am tempted to ask for a top up.

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Tea: A good variety of black and herbal loose-leaf teas, served in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: A chilled cafe, tucked away from the tourist strip.

Location: 19 Grose St, Leura NSW 2780 Ph: 02 4784 1033 lilyspad.com.au
Reviewed in January, 2016

 

Bake, Table & Tea

DT@Bake, Table & Tea - Bathurst#2

While I was in Hill End over Christmas, I overheard someone mention a new cafe on George St in Bathurst. I had forgotten all about it, thinking it was just another ordinary cafe catering for the coffee crowd. So it was by chance that I stumble upon Bake, Table & Tea – the ‘bake’, ‘tea’ and large shop front arousing my interest. The shop is a treasure trove for bakers and tea lovers alike, choc-a-bloc full of baking necessities (and not), gift ideas, teapots and teaware, and a range of teas to fill the teapots. For Bathurst, it feels quite sophisticated, and bravo to that – about time! The open style cafe sits at the back of the shop, conveniently located next to the loose-leaf teas, just in case you want to purchase one of the 32 varieties from the menu. Although it’s after 4pm, my scones arrive oven fresh and have a smooth creamy taste with a crispy top, and are superb. The homemade strawberry jam is tarte and beautifully complimented by the Little Big Diary thick Chantilly style cream. The cream could be a bit thicker, but that’s just me. The scones are also served with the cafe’s own churned butter, but I skip it as it’s either one or the other me (butter or cream). My pot of tea is delivered with aplomb and set on a warming plate that transforms a pot of tea in to a creative endeavour. There’s an impressive list of teas, which can make choosing a chore, but the handy blurb on the back of the menu is helpful. My only gripe is the slow service; after ordering at the counter I had quite a wait just for my tea. Maybe I was unlucky? Good news for those with allergies as gluten free scones and sugar free jam are available upon request.

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Tea: A healthy selection of around 32 loose-leaf teas by Harney & Sons, Larsen & Thompson, and The Organic Tea Project and arrives at the table and placed on a little tea warming stand.

Price: $$$

Overall: Simply superb and an escape from the ordinary.

Location: 2/76 George St, Bathurst NSW 2795 Ph: 02 6324 5422
 
Reviewed in February, 2016