Could the high scoring on this review reflect the fact that I had just ridden 40km of the Murray to Mountains Rail trail? Built in the ’90s, the Rail Trail connects Wangaratta and Bright with 87km of bitumen for bicycles. I’ve done a round trip from Bright, taking a small diversion from town before starting on the trail. A gorgeous alpine town, Bright blossoms in the summer months when hikers and bikers come to town. I sit on the sunny deck of the aptly named River Deck Cafe, which adjoins the Visitors Centre. Overlooking Centenary Park and the fast flowing Ovens River, which is still at least 100m away, River Deck Cafe is the ideal rest and refuel stop. I don’t get here until after 3pm, and my scone is amazingly fresh – I can’t believe it! It’s creamy and smooth and I assure myself that it’s not the bike ride that’s clouding my judgment. The housemade mixed berry jam is a mix between a compote and rich jam that errs on the tart side. The chilled double thick cream is firm and spreads thickly. This winning combination is so good that I could eat my way through several scones.
Tea: A small range of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a pot.
Overall: Handy location with a sensational outlook to the park and river.