Just 12 kilometres from Taree, historic Wingham is well worth the diversion. Settled in the 1840s after cedar forestry began in the Manning Valley, Wingham retains much of its heritage and character. Bent on Food, although not reliving 19th century Wingham, is a quirky and very popular hang out. The brightly painted furnishings give the cafe a cheery demeanour that also radiates from the amicable staff. A small seating section on the way to the garden courtyard emulates vintage vibe, while the main section doubles as a mini shop selling spices, jams and the like. There are a few tables out the front on the footpath, which are hard to bypass, or perch on a stool at the window to watch the Wingham world go by. Just by looking at the batch of scones on the counter, I know they are going to be good. I can’t but help give the creamy, soft and fluffy scones five teapots. The strawberry jam has a hint of vanilla and is one of the jams sold in the cafe. The cream from a cream canister is a tad too light for me, but the scones are so good, the light cream can be forgiven.
Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: A cheery cafe cafe all-round, from the staff to the brightly painted furniture.
Location: 95 Isabella St, Wingham NSW 2429 Ph: 02 6557 0727 bentonfood.com.au
Reviewed April 2019