Cafe Borellas is named in honour of Albury local, Captain Albert Borella who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918. The place is massive. With a large collection of air conditioned/heated rooms perfect for groups, there are also a couple of outdoors courtyards if you prefer to be out in the elements. The cafe is part of the Peard’s Complex, which includes a plant nursery, a homeware store, and a beauty centre, and makes it too easy to whittle away the day. I’m not one for giving full marks as food is so subjective, and what’s good for one person is not necessarily good for another. However, you can’t do much better than arriving at a cafe when the scones are still cooling on the tray. It’s 9am and heading towards morning teatime, and these babies are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. There’s also a choice of date or plain, but I stick to Jane, preferring to get my sugar hit from the jam rather than the dates. The cream is chilled and double thick, but unfortunately the jam is below average, just a scoop of jellied sweetness. While you are there, spend some time checking out the collection of wartime memorabilia.
Tea: A selection of T2 loose leaf teas served in a standard sized pot.
Overall: A huge semi sophisticated garden centre cafe with a lick of Aussie wartime history.
Location: 117 Borella Rd, East Albury NSW 2640 Ph: 02 6023 7888 peards.com.au