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Published September 26th 2016
Great coffee, real chai and the best darn scones you'll find
This hard-to-find cafe (formerly the River Tea House) is flanked by Lorne Greens and Pizza Pizza, two other foodie institutions situated by the Cumberland river just over the bridge on the sane side of Lorne. Even in the middle of the peak summer season you can usually find a seat here, tucked away as it is in a cul-de-sac that leads to a caravan park.
Order a pot of loose leaf organic chai topped with steamed soy milk and honey or an excellent coffee made from Market Lane beans and Jersey Cow milk from Colac and watch the line of traffic crawl past on its way to the bustling centre of town.
The scones are house made using the original recipes from the days of the River Teahouse – plain with pure cream and berry jam, cheese and herb with real butter or date-and-fifteen-other-secret-ingredients, served with cinnamon and honey yoghurt – and are every bit as good as I remember them from the cafe's previous incarnation.
New owners Jo Hughes and Tess Morrissey are Lorne locals with extensive backgrounds in hospitality and a respect for quality ingredients sourced locally. So new that they haven't quite got round to connecting the phone or launching their website. Which makes this gem of a cafe even more exclusive for those in the know. If you're heading down the Great Ocean Road this summer, Riverbank Coffee and Tea is just the pit stop you need.