It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region is, although if I had to guess, I would say it is The Hunter Valley Gardens Village in Pokolbin. The restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as The Mercure Resort are a hive of activity. When I visit the Winter Festival is in full swing, plus the Hunter Valley Gardens are open for a stroll. One of several cafes offering a Devonshire Tea is Taste of the Country, a sort of country themed eatery. There are a couple of life-size cow replicas outside that attract the attention of kids who are keen to pose for photos. Looking over the grassy meeting point in the centre of the village, the cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating in a relaxed setting. The scones are light and creamy but have a slight after taste that remind me of scones made from a pre-mix. The chilled whipped cream is the stand out and overrides the average strawberry jam.
Tea: A variety of black, green and herbal Twining teas (tea bags) served in a plunger pot.
Overall: A fun themed cafe where kids will be wowed by the life-size cows.
Reviewed in July, 2016