If looking from Sydney Harbour towards Balmoral beach, Balmoral Bathers Pavilion is unmistakable. It reminds me of an old black and white postcard I once bought in Hawaii that depicted a very untouched Waikiki Beach where the Moana Surfrider Hotel looked as though it was the only building along the. Not quite as big or elaborate, Bathers remains part of the very fabric of the harbourside suburb. Perched on the edge of picturesque Balmoral Beach and shaded by ancient Moreton Bay fig trees, the pavilion still stands as it has for nearly 90 years. With modernised bright and airy interiors, the building is divided into a swanky restaurant on one side and a more casual and affordable cafe and kiosk on the other. Spruiking uninterrupted (apart from the constant stream of people walking and jogging past) views of middle harbour towards Sydney heads, I am glad the council splurged and built this old dame as part of the Balmoral Beautification Scheme in 1929. Grab a seat by the window if you can, as the views to Sydney heads are amazing. The chef is savvy and has made the sultana scones just the right size for afternoon tea. Although on the runny side, the house made strawberry jam is pleasantly tart rather than sweet, and the whipped cream has a hint of vanilla, and is thick enough. Scones are available between 3-5pm daily.
Tea: A vast selection of loose-leaf teas served in whatever pot is going. My green tea is served in a plunger, whilst my friend’s English Breakfast is served in a tea pot.
Overall: Superb location at one of Sydney’s popular beaches.
Location: 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral NSW 2088 Ph: 02 9969 5050 batherspavilion.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2016