Poppy’s Cafe

DT@Poppys cafe-War Memorial ACT

Visit the Australian War Memorial late in the day and be sure to stay for the Last Post Ceremony. It kicks off when the Memorial closes at 5pm and begins with the Australian national anthem followed by the piper’s lament. Every day a different name is chosen from the Roll of Honour and their story is shared. The ceremony takes place around the Pool of Reflection, and after a few speeches, wreath laying and the sounding of the Last Post, you’d be one tough cookie not to feel moved. Literally a minute’s walk from the Memorial, the proximity of Poppy’s Cafe is a treat. Not just any old cafe, it’s part museum and part memorial, and feels more or less an extension of the Memorial. When ordering scones, what you’ll get is one well-sized scone that doesn’t look particularly appetising. However, when dissected and dressed, it’s fluffy centre hits the spot. The strawberry jam is rather ordinary but the slightly sweetened chilled whipped cream makes up for it.

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Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A very small range of Tea Drop silk teabags served in a small pot.

Price: $$

Overall: Light and bright; it feels like a quirky gallery belonging to the War Memorial.

Location: Australian War Memorial, 5 Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT 2612
Ph: 02 6262 7380 awm.gov.au

Reviewed April, 2018

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Busbys Cafe and Restaurant

DT@Busbys Cafe and Restaurant - Wisemans Ferry#

The deck of Busbys Cafe and Restaurant looks towards dramatic cliffs that tower over the Hawkesbury River and the quaint village of Wisemans Ferry. It’s quite a sight and creates an ethereal vibe, which I guess makes this north-western edge of Sydney so special. Access to Busbys is through a carpark off the main street behind the cluster of shops containing the General Store. Warm and cosy inside, diners have a choice of either timbered interiors or out on the covered verandah. Three oven fresh scones are served with a dish of whipped butter, double thick cream and chunky housemade strawberry jam. Crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside, for one person the three scones is quite a meal. I ditch the butter (not before almost mistaking it for cream), and although the super-duper chunky strawberry jam is a treat, there needs to be a bit more, as strawberry chunks don’t spread well.

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Jam: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Tea: A very small range of Tea Drop silk teabags served in a small pot.

Price: $$$

Overall: Great views but pricey.

Location: 12/5557 Old Northern Rd, Wisemans Ferry NSW 2775 Ph: 02 4566 4787 busbyscaferestaurant.com.au

Reviewed April, 2018

Meridian Cafe

DT@Meridian Cafe - Marulan#

Veer off the Hume Motorway and spend some time in historic Marulan. Since my first visit several years ago, the town has expanded its visitor options beyond the service centre hulks on the roadside. There’s an antique shop, a gentrified general store that does a bit of everything, a bakehouse, a pharmacy, and a handful of other businesses, and enough historic buildings to keep the history buffs occupied while stretching legs. What’s interesting is what the Meridian Cafe is up to. Most walls in the main dining area are covered with framed pictures of pooches with the odd cat, guinea pig and chook. Donate $20, along with a picture of your pet, and the cafe will frame and hang it, with all proceeds going to the Hearts for Makamba charity. What a great idea! Order a scone or two – they are light and fluffy – while perusing the pictures. The jam is average and the cream just a tad too light, but the whole ensemble comes together well.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A good selection of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.

Price: $$

Overall: Heaven for pet lovers.

Location: 85 George St, Marulan NSW 2579 Ph: 02 4841 1126 meridiancafe.com.au

Reviewed May, 2018