It’s my second attempt in the same weekend to try the scones at the V&A Cafe. The problem is, they just keep running out! To be fair, the Mount Victoria Train Weekend is in full swing and it’s the first time that the newly revived Victoria & Albert Guesthouse has probably had to deal with this many folks traipsing around the usually quiet village. Built in 1914, the guesthouse reopened in February 2018 after much-needed TLC and a fresh lick of paint. The place is far enough from the rumbling Great Western Highway for a decent nights’ sleep and only a two-minute walk from the train station. As you would expect from a guesthouse in this genre, it’s cavernous. If all dining areas are open and available (like on the Train Weekend), it’s an adventure just to find a dining room to suit your taste. We stick with a sunny nook in the cosy front room near the coffee machine so we can people watch (Train Weekend, remember). My two scones arrive promptly and quite a while before my pot of tea. I find this slightly annoying, as I always prefer my liquid refreshment either just before or with my food. The fresh scones are, as you would expect – fresh – baked this morning. The two jam sachets are disappointing, and I sought out a waiter for some more. Instead of sachets, I am brought a dish of standard cafe jam, which would have been a far better initial choice. The cream, although fresh, is on the lightly whipped side. With so much effort put into the aesthetics of the guesthouse, a dish of better quality jam and thicker cream with the scones may attract more scone loving travellers. Closed Wednesday and Thursdays.
Tea: A basic choice of ‘handcrafted’ loose-leaf tea served in a teapot.
Overall: Love some heritage with your scones? This is the place!
Location: 19 Station St, Mount Victoria NSW 2786 Ph: 02 4787 1348 vaguesthouse.com
Reviewed May 2018