Regional galleries are always interesting; you never know what you’re going to come across. The small gallery has enough space for a exhibition (Hill End artist Rosemary Valedon was exhibiting at the time), and the attached Gallery Shop has a wide range of well-made, innovative and creative wares highlighting local artists. Named after the 18th century French artist, Seraphine Cafe is the ideal meeting place for a meal or a coffee, regardless whether art is your thing. It’s buzzing, and tables are hard to come by at peak times. There are tables in the cobbled courtyard outside, but considering it is 40 degrees out there, the air conditioned indoors is definitely more popular. I take the half serve of scones (one fresh homemade scone), which incidentally is soft and heavenly. The raspberry jam is rich and tart and the double thick cream a perfect accompaniment.
Tea: A selection of Tea Craft loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.
Price: $$ to $$$
Overall: Quality art exhibits, interesting gallery shop, spacious cafe and overall great Devonshire Tea.
Location: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
Ph: 02 4934 7264 mrag.org.au
Reviewed February 2019