The Church Glenbrook

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Aptly named, The Church Glenbrook is literally a cafe within a church. It’s tiny, so most of the cafe spills out onto the footpath where umbrella covered seating and a more permanently covered/protected dining area allows diners to spread out. Indoors, there are some nice wall features and you can purchase Tea Craft teas and scented candles. It’s all chilled and relaxed as only lovely Glenbrook can be, tucked well enough away from the hectic highway starting its ascent up to the Blue Mountains. Order a couple of scones if peckish, as the scones are very small. They are also served unheated, which is okay because they are fresh and taste as though they are made with quality ingredients. The raspberry jam tastes homemade and is rich and tart, and there’s plenty of super thick cream. Be sure to wander through the giftware stores or venture into the Blue Mountains National Park for a bush walk before leaving the area.

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Tea: An interesting selection of Tea Craft loose-leaf teas served in a transparent pot so you can watch your tea leaves weave their magic.

Price: $$

Overall: Thoughtful and appealing use of a cute and cosy church.

Location: 20 Ross St, Glenbrook NSW 2773 Ph: 0418 398 371 thechurchglenbrook.com
Reviewed in September, 2016

Brown Sugar

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Maybe Milton is too Bohemian for scones? The town has all the signs; antique shops, historic buildings with a past, homeware stores to browse through, and its strategically perched on the Princes Highway that sees a constant flow of local and holiday traffic. Then why, after scouring every menu in town can I find just one cafe serving scones? Bizarre! I do a full circuit of the town before I come back to Brown Sugar. Defying it’s underwhelming front exterior, Brown Sugar has a small cosy indoor area which it shares with the kitchen, then opens out into a small courtyard, which leads to another small dining area with a different vibe. There’s a seating area for all tastes. To keep young ‘uns amused, a small kiddies play area with a slippery slide sits in the courtyard. I’ve just had lunch so opt for one scone. What a blunder! The scone is exquisite; soft and fluffy with a delicate texture and creamy aftertaste. There’s enough jam and cream to go with it, but it’s a let down. The jam is nothing more than the average cafe stock and the cream is super light, and tastes like dairy whip from a can, which at least is unsweetened and 97 per cent real cream. Milton is a gorgeous town that’s growing by the minute and is heading towards a ‘Berry future’ (another town further north on the Princes Highway). Explore it before it changes too much more.

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Tea: A selection of Tea Drop loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: It’s the only cafe in town with scones, and worthy scones at that.

Location: 103 Princes Hwy, Milton NSW 2538 Ph: 02 4454 0887
Reviewed in September, 2016

Breakers Cafe

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It’s surprising that the only two cafes at the Southern end of Mollymook beach both serve homemade scones. What are the odds? Located a few minutes walk up the road from pretty Mollymook beach, Breakers Cafe offers a relaxed vibe and the only alternative to the other cafe down the road. Although it doesn’t occupy prime beachfront real estate (i.e., in sea spray distance), it’s location across from the park and views of the ocean, albeit in the distance, aren’t bad at all. If sitting outside, you may have to share your meal with a cheeky myna bird. All sweets and desserts are made on the premises, and that includes the melt-in-your-mouth scones. However, these guys don’t get much assistance from the accompanying jam and cream as the jam is average quality and the cream, although real cream, is super light. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my jam to be more tart than sweet, and my cream to be thick and rich.

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Tea: A small selection of loose-leaf Temple Tea served in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: A less hectic option than the beach cafe down the road.

Location: 62 Ocean St, Mollymook NSW 2539 Ph: 02 4455 2200
Reviewed in September, 2016