The fact that this old building was once a cheese factory up until as recently as 1989 (anything in my life time is recent) is amazing. Actually the Robertson Cheese Factory was pumping out so much cheese that by the end of the 1930s, Robertson was hailed as one of the most productive dairy regions in Australia. The remains of this cavernous heritage building give visitors a chance to feel just a tiny bit of its glorious past. There’s an incredible use of space, with a deli, gelateria and kitchen/homeware shop as well as a cafe in a slightly separate area of the old factory. Pick up cheeses (naturally) and gourmet goodies for a Southern Highlands picnic, or settle in an arm-chair in front of a picture window looking out to the green meadows of Robertson. It’s late in the day (near to closing), so the scones aren’t great, but I’m sure if I arrived for morning tea they would have been fresh from the oven. The mixed berry jam is sensational; rich, fruity and tarte, and the cream is rich and double thick. Whether you’ve just crawled up the Macquarie Pass from sea level, or about to say goodbye to the Southern Highlands, The Old Robertson Cheese Factory is worth pulling over for.
Tea: A selection of The Berry Tea Shop loose-leaf teas served in a pot.
Overall: Cavernous yet cosy.