My first visit to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden was a while ago when both the gardens and the restaurant were going by different names. The cool climate gardens, featuring 5,000 species of plants, are stunning during all seasons, so there’s never a bad time to visit. I’m lucky today as the weather is glorious and the Blue Mountains are framed beautifully by the cobalt sky. The Potager is a classy restaurant with enough floor to ceiling glass so that if you’re sitting inside there is no chance on forgetting your location. The outdoor area that is shaded by wisteria in the summer is my favourite, and offers little luxuries like blankets and heaters in winter. The scones look great but are heavy and gluey – almost raw, like they need a tad more time in the oven. I guess this is better than stale dry scones, but I can’t say that I enjoyed them. A shame, I am hoping this is a one off. The strawberry jam is ordinary but the saviour is the double thick cream, which there is plenty of. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
Tea: A small range of Silver Tips loose-leaf tea served in a small pot. I didn’t ask, but a hot water top up would have been good.
Overall: I am hoping that the gluey scones this day is a one off because in good weather it’s a splendid spot to hang out in.
Location: Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah NSW 2758 Ph: 02 02 4567 2575 potagermounttomah.com.au
Reviewed Aug 2019