The heart of Riverbank of Queanbeyan is merely a shipping container with a kitchen attached, as well as a permanent open sided area connected to a sunny deck reaching towards the river’s edge. Along one side of the container a wisteria covered eating area spills out into Ray Morton Park, where seating is arranged beneath shady trees. It’s an excellent design, utilising very little space for the unimportant (like paying), but offering myriad seating choices for discerning diners. Apparently the cafe sells hundreds of scones daily. Whether that’s true or not is another story – but if true, I can understand why. Both the date and plain scones are exceptional; light and fluffy, with the date having just the right amount of fruit. I enquire about the jam and am told proudly that it’s Costco’s strawberry jam, which for a supermarket brand, is rather good. The cream is the weakest link: way too light and starts to melt in the summer heat. While you are there, wander through the Sensory Gardens, which is designed to engage all five senses: sight, touch, sound, scent and taste.
Tea: A range of loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot.
Overall: A beautiful location by the Queanbeyan River.
Location: 4 Trinculo Pl, Queanbeyan NSW 2620Ph: 0417 465 457
Reviewed November, 2017