Recently, I was watching an episode of Selling Houses Australia, when they did an episode about the Linton Manor in Yass, NSW. This beautiful residence was originally built in 1857 by an emancipated convict, and later it became home to the legendary sheep baron A. B. Triggs who extended the residence to what it is now. The residence now includes 4 suites, each with its own ensuite and dressing room, as well as an impressive dining room, ballroom and billiard room.
This episode really intrigued me and I was curious about whether the lovely couple ended up selling their house after the show ended. So, I did a little research and found out that although the couple didn't end up selling the Linton Manor, they had decided to turn some of the houses into accommodation and the ballroom into a cafe and restaurant. After finding out about the cafe at the Linton Manor, I decided to take a trip out to Yass and visit the cafe to see how the restorations went and try the food as well.
It was a cold and dreary day when we arrived, but the residence still looked very grand, especially in its new paint. After stopping and admiring the building for a while, we made our way down the path to the cafe. As we entered the cafe, we were both in awe of the beauty of the room from the wooden springboard floor to the tall ceiling and the gorgeous windows.
We then sat down at one of the tables near a window and examined the cafe's menu. We both had had lunch before we drove out so we decided on having afternoon tea instead. There were only two dessert items on the menu so I ordered the homemade scones with lemon curd and cream, while my friend ordered the orange and almond flourless cake. We also both ordered the Malabar Chai tea to have with our sweets, as we both are lovers of tea especially chai tea.
After ordering, we sat and continued to admire the room and the renovations. We weren't sitting for too long when we turned our attention away from the architecture to the delicious spread that was just brought out. I first thing I noticed was the two beautiful tea cups and saucers that were brought out for both of us. I then noticed my delicious scones with the bright yellow lemon curd.
I have to admit the scones were delicious and tasted like they had just been freshly made. The lemon curd also worked perfectly well with the fresh scones and cream which surprised me a little, as I was a little concerned the lemon would be too tart for the scones. I also tried a little of my friend's orange and almond cake, and it was delicious and had a strong orange flavour but I couldn't taste any almond in it sadly. The Malabar tea was also delicious, and drinking it out of a china teacup, made the experience that much better.
After we finished our afternoon tea, we stayed for a little while longer enjoying the ambience before taking our leave. Walking back to the car, we both agreed we had a lovely time at the Old Linton Manor; it also made us feel like we had stepped back in time and had enjoyed afternoon tea in the 1920s.