There is something very nostalgic about a plate of homemade scones with a side of jam and cream, which seems to put a smile on the face of all ages. A pot of tea for one or two just makes the moment sweeter. Many older folk enjoy the connection to English traditions and younger children just love the cream moustache they can lick off after eating a scone. Whatever the reason, they are an enjoyable morning or afternoon tea when meeting up with friends or family around the region. The traditional Devonshire Tea isn't something that can be found in many cafes these days, however Canberra has a surprising number of venues that specialise in it.
So where can we find them? Our family enjoy going out for a Devonshire Tea and we have tried a few, however there are many more listed below. Some come as a Devonshire Tea package, others sell scones and tea separately - as many people prefer coffee to tea - so you can pick or choose your drink. Why not gather some family and friends of all ages and try out one this weekend. When they look this delicious (below), how can you not?
Scones with jam and cream at Lanyon Cafe. Source: Lanyon Cafe Facebook
Lanyon Café is located at the historical Lanyon Homestead in Tuggeranong. This 19th century property is the ideal place to have this traditional morning tea, complete with early settler buildings and convict-built outhouses. Scones cost $6.50 for two and tea is $3.90 with several choices of flavours. They also sell a Ploughman's Lunch, damper, Welsh Rarebit and other traditional early settler and English fare. See details here. For a full article on Lanyon Café, see here.
Adore Tea in Gold Creek Village has over 200 teas to choose from and even "tea infused" scones (and jam!) to have on the side. This quaint Tea House is also a popular venue for High Teas and is situated in Gold Creek Village with a number of quaint shops nearby. See details here.
Tulips Café is located in Pialligo, near Canberra Airport, in a garden centre with children's play area. This café has a variety of inside and outside seating areas and a toasty fireplace in Winter. The Devonshire Tea includes "House made scones with jam and double cream served with locally roasted coffee; loose leaf tea from Adore Tea or hot drink of your choice" - $8. See details here.
Homemade scones at Tulips Café. Image: Original photos supplied by Tulips Cafe Facebook
Floresco Café at the Australian National Botanical Gardens is a leafy venue to enjoy a Devonshire Tea, with areas to sit inside and out. Summertime is ideal for a tea on the terrace, however in Winter get nice and cosy inside by the heaters. The Devonshire Tea here includes "Sweet house made damper scones and cream with a selection of jams" for $9.50. See details here.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra has an Afternoon Tea between Friday and Sunday in their Tea Lounge. This traditional and historical venue is the perfect place to enjoy a range of teas and petite delights. Sit back and enjoy an array of savouries, finger sandwiches, cakes, slices and a Devonshire Tea with freshly baked scones, jam and cream. The price is $59 per person and includes a glass of Lerida Estate Zenzi sparkling wine. See details here.
Queens Terrace Café at Parliament House has a large outdoor terrace in which to enjoy a Devonshire Tea in the sun, or in the shade under their umbrellas. Scones cost $5.20 and a pot of tea is $3.70. This café is also family friendly, with plenty of room for prams and colouring in for the kids. See details here. For a full article on Queens Terrace Café, see here.
Rodney's Café is located inside Rodney's Plants Plus nursery in Pialligo, just minutes from Canberra Airport. This quaint and family friendly café is another ideal venue to enjoy a Devonshire Tea under their large trees or in the outside dining area. If you have kids, there is a large (and new) play area which is a popular place to sit by. The Devonshire Tea on Rodney's Cake Menu includes "Two homemade scones served warm with jam and cream and your choice of tea or coffee" for $11. See details here.
Café Lerida is part of the Lerida Estate Winery, perched high above the hill looking over the dry Lake George. This scenic café and winery is located 30 minutes north of the CBD, just off the Federal Highway to Sydney. They offer a beautiful breakfast with a view as well as tasty scones ($9.50), which you can order with a pot of tea ($4.50). See details here.
Other venues include NGA Café (National Gallery of Australia), Murrumbateman Winery (Canberra Wine District), Grandma's at the Farm (Collector), The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse (Bywong) and Riverbank of Queanbeyan Café.
The beauty of the Devonshire Tea is that it can be enjoyed all year around. In cold weather, it is comforting to warm up with a hot pot of tea, however, in the warmer months, a cup of tea quenches the thirst. Even if you are a coffee drinker, or an avid tea drinker, everyone can enjoy the nostalgia and "quaintness" of a Devonshire Tea. Hopefully, it is a tradition from years gone by, that will continue in the future for many years to come.
Yum. Devonshire Tea at Grandma's at the Farm. Source: Grandma's on the Farm Facebook