The Convent, once home to the Brigidine order of nuns in Coonamble, looks imposing sitting at the end of the long driveway. The building’s resurrection some 600km from its construction offers the ideal destination for a romantic and indulgent weekend getaway. In winter the trees lining the driveway lose their leaves, so visitors to Roscrea Estate and Peppertree Wines cellar door cannot but notice the distinct property that sits to the left of the tasting rooms. To the right is Circa 1876, a Hatted Restaurant housed in an historic cottage that begs to be explored. Restaurant Eighty Eight in The Convent, serves Devonshire and High Teas in plush interiors around the fire in the lounge or in more private rooms for groups. The Wisteria Courtyard out the back looks towards the resort pool, and I can only imagine would be gorgeous in spring and summer. The arrival of our Devonshire Teas takes longer than usual. When I bite into my slightly crispy but oh so light scone, I know why, they are fresh out of the oven. The strawberry jam, although housemade, is a let down. It’s tart but tasteless and too liquid, dripping off my scone rather than settling to cradle the cream. There’s more than enough of the lightly whipped cream to go around, and the excess, if desired, can be used with the handful of fresh mixed berries. The bone china tea ware is a nice touch, and should be the norm, rather than the exception.
Tea: A standard selection of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a large teapot.
Overall: Decadent venue that matches the decadent spread.