Mossgreen Tea Rooms

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Perched on Armadale’s High St, the elegant Mossgreen Tea Rooms, part of the Mossgreen Galleries and Auction House, is an inviting bright and spacious tea room. Popular for High Teas, it is possible to order a Devonshire Tea, although be warned, the scones are bite-size. Artworks adorn walls and starched white tablecloths give the space an air of sophistication. The display of cakes (I gather are used for the High Teas) is impressive, although each no bigger than a morsel of a finer cake or sweet. The scones are extremely small, and I am pre-warned before I put my order through. The maître-d suggests three scones or as many as I wish. Fresh out of the oven and crispy on the outside, there’s probably one or maybe two bites from each half. The jam is a rich berry and the cream double thick. These two items are so good that I fail to notice the scone at all; they are so small. The Wedgewood tea ware sits well with the decor and is a ‘must have’ if you are going to part take in a Devonshire Tea in this kind of environment.

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Tea: A fine selection of T2 loose-leaf teas served in silk bags in a teapot, and with a side cannister filled with hot water.

Price: $$

Overall: Sophisticated and elegant.

Location: Ph: 03 95088850 mossgreen.com.au

Reviewed in December, 2016

Kelly’s Cafe

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Not one to hang out in any kind of ‘club’ restaurant or cafe, I was inspired to make a detour from the M4 and explore the mighty Penrith Panthers entertainment complex. A complex it is – there’s even a hotel next door! From the outside, the imposing building looks more office complex than entertainment domain, with larger-than-life statues of black panthers guarding the entrance. The multi-levels house restaurants, showrooms and gaming rooms, bars and clubs, and offices, which at 10am are quiet. If Kelly’s Cafe is deserted, as it is during my visit, the large open dining area feels more cafeteria than cosy cafe. The bright Vegas-style lights of the cavernous gaming room that’s adjacent to the cafe pulse and ping, and if you aren’t that way inclined can be a bit much. The scones are neither good nor bad, and don’t taste particularly fresh. The two sachets of jam are a copout (I ask for a few more), and the cream, although tastes like real cream, is lightly whipped and aerated. I appreciate the two biscuits with my cuppa, and it adds a nice touch.

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Tea: A range of Pickwick tea bags and several T2 loose-leaf teas (although not in T2 cannisters) served in a teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: The cafe you go to when you don’t want to be too far from the gaming tables.

Location: Penrith Panthers, 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750 
Ph: 02 4720 5529 penrith.panthers.com.au


Reviewed in November, 2016