The streets of St Marys at the top of the pass of the same name are so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. I’ve been through the town a couple of times, both in summer and in autumn, and both times have been the same – very quiet. Open the door to The Bank Tea House, and it’s a different story. The grill is sizzling and the slow combustion stove is keeping the place toasty. While I wait I poke around the Man Cave (yes it is the name of the room), which houses a range of second hand goods and collectibles for sale. Although cosy inside, the sun is shining and the Tea House is blessed with a sunny courtyard and sunny nooks and crannies where tables and chairs have been strategically set up out on the footpath. The single scone is light and fluffy with just enough crispness on the outside to give it a lovely texture. Unfortunately the accompaniments aren’t up to par; the strawberry jam is average and the cream is a sweet sickly concoction straight from a can. Brownie points for the proper teacup and saucer!
Tea: A vast range of tea bags for all tastes, served in an adequate sized teapot.
Overall: Feels like the hub of the village.
Location: 26 Main St, St Marys TAS 7215 Ph: 03 6372 2578 amanscave.com.au
Reviewed in May, 2017