Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre is tucked away in the back streets of Gymea, and I had no idea that it was there. The centre is a triple treat. There’s an art gallery, and the day I visit the local artist is in residence and on hand for a chat. There’s also a pottery exhibition in the arts centre, and some pottery for sale. However, it feels like the Hazelhurst Cafe is the centrepiece of the place and attracts a large crowd that fills every table. The tables spill out onto an attractive terrace that overlooks shady gardens, and although the place is embedded in suburbia, you wouldn’t know it. The cafe space is large, light and airy, and the outdoor terrace is a joy. The scones on the other hand don’t impress like the cafe does. The two fruit scones are dry and stale; they actually taste like they are from a supermarket or a bakery. The big dollop of Hanks triple berry jam is rich and tasty, and very good for a commercial jam. This paired with the equally big dollop of double thick cream, still can’t save the scones.
Tea: A decent selection of loose-leaf teas served in a Japanese iron teapot.
Overall: A lovely space, but shame about the scones.
Location: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
Ph: 02 8536 5700 hazelhurst.com.au
Reviewed October 2018