Things have certainly changed since my first Devonshire Tea at Grandma’s. Back then it was called Grandma’s Little Bakery, at a different Alexandria location, and the only Grandma’s outlet in Sydney. Nowadays it’s all happening with another Sydney location in Rosebery (sadly they don’t serve scones). Not that it needs any help with drawing in the crowds, Grandma’s is in a prime Alexandria location and offers indoor seating in its cavernous cafe, and limited outdoor picnic table seating alongside the driveway. The scones are slightly crisp on the outside and have a rustic texture, so don’t expect light and fluffy. The balance between taste and texture is spot on and pairs well with the rich raspberry jam and the super thick, almost clotted cream. I’m not a fan of the jam and cream being served in plastic take-away containers; it cheapens the dining experience. Isn’t it already enough that we have to queue to order and than fight for a table? Grandma’s, like the rest of the inner city, is trending. It is incredibly busy in Alexandria on the weekends; the traffic is mostly at a standstill out front and parking spots are scarce. If you can, walk or like we did, ride a bike to Grandma’s. The cafe is popular and the staff stretched, which shows up with us waiting a further 15 minutes (no lie) for our teas after our scones arrive. And one last thing. If only scones were served daily rather than just on weekends, maybe, just maybe, the tea might arrive with the scones.
Tea: A small selection of T2 silk tea bags served in a teapot.
Overall: Grandma would be proud at how funky she has become!
Location: 140-142 McEvoy St, Alexandria NSW 2015 Ph: 02 9699 1862 grandmas.com.au
Reviewed October, 2017