GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

The food scene is always evolving; menus change, cafes close or change hands and then just one day, scones are booted off the menu, for whatever reason. Here is a list of the Devonshire Teas that either didn’t make it in to The Devonshire Tea Guide or had to be removed because they have gone on their merry way.

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NSW

  • The Tea Parlour (see above photo) brilliantly brought scones to the Bohemians in downtown Redfern.
  • When Berkelouw Books Newtown closed it’s doors, this put a stop to the weekend scones in the cafe upstairs.
  • The lovely Harrogates in Pyrmont was a quaint tea shop with small rooms upstairs for a more intimate vibe.
  •  An unusual choice for a wine bar to put on the menu, but that one summer of scones served up on a bread board at Firefly in Neutral Bay was mighty fine.
  • The T2 Teahouse at the Macquarie Shopping Centre has been replaced by a not-as-exciting coffee emporium, what a shame.
  • When I finally stumbled upon the quirky Bottle Forest Cafe in Heathcote, it closed it doors too soon after.
  • Sugar ‘n’ Spice Cafe tucked away in an arcade in downtown Katoomba has downgraded to another specialising in toasted scones.
  • In gorgeous Mt Wilson (Blue Mountains), Chimney Cottage Cafe was a cosy respite from the cool mountain weather.
  • Another eatery has finally reopened in the former Bay Leaf Cafe in Mt Victoria.
  • Hartley Valley Tearooms & Nursery sold up and moved on.
  • The owners moved on and closed the cool Cafe Tarana the tiny village of Tarana.
  • Acropole, a Bathurst institution, closed then a year later reopened minus the scones on the menu.
  • Bye bye Bridge Tea Room in Carcoar, hopefully the new owners will give the Tea Rooms a go.
  • Hume Cottage in Mittagong (Southern Highlands), your femininity will be missed.
  • Braemer’s nursery has a replacement for the former Jen’s Country Cafe.
  • Hill End’s loss, Betty has thrown in her tea towel at Rose Cottage.
  • Full Throttle Diner in Hartley on the western edge of the Blue Mountains has changed names and owners.
  • Apparently off the menu for now, the Hawthorn Cafe in Mosman is keeping it’s divine clotted cream from hungry diners.
  • No great loss when the old North Fort Cafe at Manly’s Northhead changed hands.
  • The restaurant at the historic Imperial Hotel in Mt Victoria was once called the Lead Light Brasserie and served scones by the fireplace.
  • Short but sweet, Hill End’s General Store lost interest pretty quickly in bringing scones to the people.
  • The Top Tea House in Sydney’s CBD has packed up the tea and tea pots and closed it’s doors.
  • A visit to Orange showed that the religious The Rock Coffee Shop & Pancake House no longer occupies the Summer Street digs.
  • The Mountain Tea House at the foot of Mt Canobolas in Orange has been sold, renovated and replaced by Miss Daisy’s Teahouse.
  • After several years of being for sale, closed or just ‘I don’t know what’, The Old Block Factory in Faulconbridge has finally closed.
  • Oh no! Mon Dieu! The Three Creeks Cafe in Robertson has become a South American Diner. What a shame as that was one worthwhile DT.
  • The Coffee Shot in Katoomba is not so much closed down, but has been transformed in to a completely new business, The Little Paris Cafe.
  • The owner of Hosie’s B&B Collectibles and Cafe has thrown in the towel.
  • The French Traders General Store that was hidden behind a white picket fence and luscious gardens is no longer selling French provincial homewares or serving citron scones, the property is up for sale.
  • Oh no! The T2 Teahouse in Hornsby has shut its doors and now Sydneysiders are without those raspberry scones.
  • Bizzy Birds in Rylstone has gone and has been replaced by the sterile Cafe 47.
  • Mudgee’s Alley Cats Coffee House has new owners, a new name and a new image.
  • The MoS Cafe is now The Governors Table, and has done away with Devonshire Teas, but if a Colonial High Tea takes your fancy on the weekend?
  • Beties Cafe in Southern Antiques in Kogarah has transformed into the Laughing Goat Cafe.
  • No great loss, but Kalay’s Kitchen has been replaced by Lotus Coffee House, not sure whether they have scones.
  • The bow worthy Purple Mint Cafe at Flower Power Warriewood that has been replaced by Sanctuary Cafe and Restaurant.
  • The Tea Centre’s 20 year tenure in The Glasshouse is up to make way for an H&M’s store. The retail shop will reopen in Piccadilly Arcade minus the Tea House and lovely Devonshire Tea.
  • Bon Bon Fine Chocolate Cafe has disappeared from its Strand Arcade location (tears) and replaced by Koko Black – still chocolate but no cafe.
  • Level Fourteen, At The American Club disappears, which is no great loss from my own experience as well as the many others on Trip Advisor.
  • A favourite for stocking up on loose-leaf teas, Mountain Harvest Cafe in downtown Katoomba has been reimagined to a Mexican Restaurant.
  • Jacks Coffee House & Eatery in Kangaroo Valley is now a purveyor of ice-cream, lollies and fudge.
  • Cafe 47 in Rylestone didn’t last long and now the corner cafe space is up for lease.
  • What a bummer! Master Expresso in Roseville is done and dusted and is now Match Smoke House.
  • Four Friends, Coffee, Chocolate & Tea in Crows Nest is nothing but an empty shell with a ‘For Lease’ sign on the door.
  • The Cortile Lounge at Sydney’s Intercontinental only offers the High Tea stands and buffet, and has done away with the Devonshire Tea for the cheapskates!
  • Old school Cafe Savannah in Oberon has vanished, and is replaced by hip Long Arm Cafe.
  • The Plaza Coffee Lounge in Thirroul has closed it’s doors. Probably the word got out about the lousy cream.
  • An Avalon local informed me that Cafe Ibizia has packed up shop, so no more Mediterranean reminiscing.
  • The Old Farm Kitchen in Moss Vale is now Yolo Cafe.
  • No more bargain buttermilk scones at Cabana Restaurante and Pizzeria, as another restaurant is reopening in smaller premises.
  • Escarpment in Blackheath is still in business but now functions as Tapas Escarpment, minus the scones.
  • Govett’s Leap Cafe in Blackheath have left the building.
  • Piccolo’s Coffee in Katoomba has made way for another cafe spruiking a Devonshire Tea.
  • It was only a matter of time – Country Organic Coffee in Lithgow.
  • What a shame, The Quintessential Coffee Shoppe in Picton is gone.
  • We’ll miss secret Sydney’s Flora Bean Gallery Cafe and their wonderful lavender scones.
  • The plants have over taken Weber’s Nursery cafe in Blackheath.
  • Le Pain Quotidien in the gloriously restored former police station in The Rocks has vanished.
  • Taste Gourmet Pantry & Café in East Gosford has shut it’s doors.
  • Zee Emporium in Glenbrook has disappeared completely.
  • The pop-up style High Tea Garden in Chatswood Chase unpopped and vanished.
  • Hooray! Alice’s Tea House – gone. A disgrace!
  • The scones at Kitchen Café at Mayfield Gardens were short-lived.
  • Annangrove Bar & Dining has shifted out to make way for Moroccan meals.
  • Tea’se Me Tea Emporium in Wollongong, has been replaced by a hip bar.
  • Devastating news! The Gunners Barracks have backed out of the Devonshire Tea game.

QLD

  • The Elm Haus in Mt Glorious, Brisbane’s hinterland, was hit and miss.
  • The Flying Nun Cafe in Samford, Brisbane did a mean Devonshire Tea.
  • D’Luscious Cafe in Eagle Heights is now Cafe Scoop and Providore and still sells a Devonshire Tea.
  • Another one goes down in Samford, Brisbane – The Happy Berry House.

SA

  • Hahndorf Inn in the Adelaide Hills decided to stick with hearty German fare than borrow from the Brits.

TAS

  • No great Devonshire Tea loss to Strahan – Glories Coffee & Fudge.
  • Battery Point’s Village Cafe has transformed into a Thai restaurant – needless to say there are no scones.

VIC

  • While Echuca has gone ahead in leaps and bounds, it’s not the case for The Bridge Hotel.

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