Situated on the quiet side of the tracks, Bees Knees Vintage Cafe is definitely a change from the usual franchise eateries found in the Westfield Shopping Mall. The 1970s beach umbrella and outdoor setting (indoors), sets the scene for the overall decor. Secondhand oversized lounge suites set around coffee tables are perfect for groups, while more intimate and sensible dining furniture caters for couples. For outdoors, choose from footpath dining, or the garden out the back, which by the way, does not look inviting in broad daylight. Another semi-separate lounge area sits between the main dining hall and the loo out the back, so there’s something for everyone. I spy the scones on a table of sweets, but it’s not a good sign when the scones are individually wrapped in gladwrap. There’s a date and a plain scone to choose from, so I go for the plain, even though neither look appealing. It’s hard to explain, but the buttery and cake-like ‘scone’ looks nothing like a scone should, and that’s before it’s microwaved to death. The skerrick of el cheapo jam, and sickly sweet synthetic cream from a can don’t help matters either. The whole combo is a disaster and not even the quirky presentation can save it.
Tea: A selection of tea bag teas served in a cute cup/teapot duo.
Overall: Funky concept, but steer clear of the scones.
Location: 14 Coronation St, Hornsby NSW 2077 Ph: 02 9482 8012
Reviewed November, 2017