Surrounded by farming properties, Cootamundra is a typical rural service town. Sir Donald Bradman was born here and it was a major railway junction between Sydney and Melbourne back when the railway was king! Have a sticky beak around town at the heritage buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century, and of course the Victorian Italianate style railway station. Dig below the surface of the country town’s wide streets and you’ll find a plethora of interesting eateries. Google directs me to Planted Cootamundra for scones. The whole-foods cafe is located in a bright corner cafe space and specialises in local organic seasonal food from the Riverina. I don’t expect scones at a whole-food cafe, but there they are. Delicate, light and fluffy – absolutely superb! The house-made blackberry jam is rich and fruity but is let down by the light cream dispensed from a cream canister. Although it is fresh cream it’s way too light for me. A bit of advice – don’t sit right next to the front door as it slams and can get annoying after a while.
Tea: A good range of loose-leaf tea served in a small teapot with an extra jug of hot water. The proper teacup is a bonus as well.
Overall: Superb housemade scones and jam served in a chilled corner cafe.
Location: 29 Wallendoon St, Cootamundra NSW 2590 Ph: 02 6942 4744 plantedcootamundra.com
Reviewed in December, 2019