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Published January 9th 2017
Swan Valley's Best Devonshire Teas with Real Tea
History Cottage Tea Rooms is a family run business which has been operating since 2010, and was established with the idea that people should be able to have somewhere to come in, have a delicious, home-style meal, a tea or a coffee, the best scones in the Swan Valley and simply feel at home while partaking in any of these.
Image: Their website
The owner, Sarah Lock, saw the cottage for sale, and went straight home to her husband and informed him that she wanted to start a cafe and that she had found the perfect place to do this from.
This cottage is now Cottage Tea Rooms and was originally a farmhouse for the winery that surrounds the cafe.
It dates back to the early 1950's and is located in the heart of the Swan Valley, in West Swan Road (a few kms from the Benara Road turnoff) and was simply a home with all the character and charm of a '50's built house in the Swan Valley.
Nowadays Nowadays Cottage Tea Rooms is a thriving cafe serving brunch, lunch, high tea, and their famous scones, jame and cream at any time.
Their menu is simple yet homely with scones in either savoury or sweet.
You can also get light lunches which, for me, are adequate as I have my main meal at night!
The actual house is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and you can eat either inside or outside.
You can eat on the verandah
And there is a quaint gazebo under the shade of some huge trees, which, when the weather is warm, would be a delightful place to have your scones, jam and cream.
Sit under the tress in the rotunda
There are several other areas to eat at in the outside gardens and these gardens are tastefully decorated including this fairy garden.
Fairy Garden display
The Cottage consists of about 4 different rooms now, and each one is decorated and you can browse through the diverse collection of homewares, gifts, antique and retro items as well as handmade items and furnishings.
One of the fascinating rooms
These include children's items, as well as old, interesting and collectable items for sale.
Teddy bears for sale
Cute items in the hall
They also have a range of homemade food products and these are very reasonably priced.
Jams as well as relishes for sale
It is elegantly decorated with cottage craft type of tablecloths and a nice, casual yet quirky atmosphere.
The scones are obviously home made as they are uneven shapes and not all the same size.
They are larger than normal scones, and of course accompanied by little pots filled with jam and cream.
Their famous scones - image: their website
The jam is homemade and can also be bought by the jar.
Our morning tea
Their menu has a large range of different teas, and my friend opted for one of these which was served in a lovely teapot. It was REAL tea, with a stainless steel strainer and struck me as being quite elegant.
REAL tea served in a quaint teapot
I opted for skinny flat white coffee with my scone and each serve is one scone, which is quite enough given their size.
It was served in a timely manner by a friendly young girl, and the cost was just $8.50 each.