Although located right next door to the Bathurst Visitors Centre, Harvest Cafe & Store feels like a locals hangout. I hear meetings happen, see employees from nearby businesses, and hear friends reunite and talk about the old days working at the university. It’s a lovely spot looking over a well manicured sporting field, brightly light by natural light on the inside while there’s a cluster of seating for those who prefer the outdoors. I try the half serve of scones, which is basically one scone instead of two. There’s a massive tray of scones in the cake display cabinet, but they don’t look particularly appealing. The scone is small and dry and not particularly fresh – I don’t enjoy it. The rich and fruity Langs Farm raspberry jam can’t save it, and the light and synthetic dairy whip style cream just makes it worse. Don’t let this put you off, as the menu looks good. All these locals can’t be wrong! Pick up goodies produced in the Central Tablelands such as honey, jam, coffee, tea, relishes and olive oil.
Tea: An interesting and better-than-average range of Tea Karts loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.
Overall: Nice to see a cafe pushing local produce, but shame about the scones and cream.
Location: 1 Kendall Ave, Bathurst NSW 2795 Ph: 02 6323 1811 harvestcafestore.com.au
Reviewed Jul 2019