From my shady table on the verandah I can neither see nor smell the roses. Although in arms reach, the rose garden is well-hidden behind a high paling fence and hedges, and unless I pay the $3 to enter, the rose garden will remain a mystery. From the size of the car park it looks as though The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse pulls in the visitors, and is the only attraction in Bywong, just off the Federal Highway. The teahouse has ample seating indoors and feels like a teahouse with cabinets of fine bone China, and jam and vintage items for sale. Outdoors, there’s the verandah and the shady courtyard, which looks as though would be a sun catcher in the cooler months. Served at room temperature and with a creamy texture, the two small scones look promising. I have an inkling though that they were baked either very early this morning or the previous day. I could be wrong, but they just don’t have that knock-me-out fresh taste. The jam tastes like generic strawberry cafe jam, but bonus points for the thickly whipped cream. Considering it’s a teahouse and the main room is decked out in fine bone China teaware, it’s a crying shame that I am lumbered with a paltry teapot that’s fit for a cafeteria and a generic cafe coffee cup. NB: The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse has since been in contact to confirm that entrance to the rose garden is for free, especially if purchasing food/drinks, and that fine bone China teaware can be served if requested.
Tea: Along with the basic, a few interesting loose-leaf teas from The Tea Centre, all served in a small teapot.
Overall: A cute teahouse with the option to pay to tour the rose garden.
Reviewed November, 2017