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Published July 12th 2012
Devonshire Tea is a popular afternoon treat in the Blue Mountains region. You can find them in almost every tea shop in Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath and Lithgow.
I've recently discovered two wonderful places to have Devonshire Tea, both unique in its own way. They serve delicious scones with clotted cream and jam in a beautiful setting. There is also a good choice of teas to choose from to accompany the scones.
Take a walk around the surrounding area and you'll find some horses out the back and chopped firewood. It is no wonder that you feel like you've been invited to tea at a friend's farm instead of a tearoom.
2. Bygone Beautys Tea Rooms, Leura Bygone beautys is a tearoom, antique shop and self-contained accommodation all rolled into one. It boasts one of the largest private collection of teapots and you see them on display in every corner of the tearoom.
You can literally eat, shop and sleep in one location.
It is perfect for antique collectors and vintage enthusiasts, or if you just want to surround yourself with olde worlde gems from decades past. The tearooms also serve high tea in traditional style with fine china and a three tiered cake stand but you will need to book ahead for this.
I suspect that you don't get into the Blue Mountains very often as I'm afraid both these places have been around for 25 years or more however I cannot disagree that both are lovely spots to stop for a cuppa. I would also add the cafes at the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge and the Everglades Gardens at Leura to the list.
You will need a huge amount of time and patience to get a devonshire tea or even someone to seat you at bygone beauties. They really need to pull their finger out and have someone serving for the teapots and curios and another for sitting people and serving them. We ended up leaving with nothing other than a sense of anoyance.
I agree with John both of these cafes have been around for awhile and there are lots more places to visit and so much to do. Have you ever visited the Valley of the Waters if not you must go, just make sure you wear sturdy shoes, its such a lovely bushwalk