Willows Tea House – tea room in Aireys Inlet, Victoria

Description

Fabulous tea room on the Great Ocean Road in what used to be the stables for the lighthouse keeper at Split Point near Aireys Inlet. Loose leaf tea and home-baked cakes, a rare treat.

The review of this tea room in Aireys Inlet is designed to fit in with our tour of vintage buildings in Victoria and this tea room was great for a post tour cuppa after a visit to the nearby lighthouse. There’s no book planned for now but a new website for Vintage Victoria will be up and running soon. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

It’s not often you get a loose-leaf brew this good in Australia, but the big red pot they served us at the Willow Tea House did just the job on a cold windy day out along the Great Ocean Road. The tea is from Victorian based suppliers Tea Leaves. The first time I’d come across this brand but I’d look for it again as the quality was excellent.

The cakes in this tea room are delicious, too. All made in-house by the couple who run the place. He makes the scones (really soft texture and melting in your mouth with the jam and cream), while she makes the other cakes like the Victoria Sponge I tried, which was generous in its size but light, even with a wedge of fresh cream through the middle. Top stuff here. And seats both outside and in, with even some of the outside tables nicely sheltered from those onshore winds…

Address

7 Federal Street, Aireys Inlet, VIC 3231, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 (3) 5289 6830

Web address

Willows Tea House Aireys Inlet on Facebook (lots of reviews and check-ins but no updates to speak of)

Opening Hours

9.00am – 4,00pm Daily

Getting there

The tea house occupies the old stables building of the Split Point lighthouse. It’s right by the lighthouse obviously and a few hundred metres from the Great Ocean Road itself. There are a few buses each day from Geelong to Apollo Bay, but only one at the weekends so time it right if you are on public transport. 

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Berry Tea Shop – tea room in Berry, NSW

Description

Delightful tea room in the beautiful town of Berry. It’s all top quality loose leaf tea here, but I come as much for the amazing home-baked cakes – best I’ve tasted in Australia!

The review of this tea room in Berry NSW is designed to fit in with our tour of New South Wales outdoor swimming pools and this tea room was great for a post swim cuppa after a dip in Berry outdoor pool. There’s no book planned for now but a new website http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

Berry Tea Shop is all about tea and cake. The teas are second to none, with the Earl Grey a particular favourite and the Darjeeling excellent, but the best test of how good a tea room’s tea is for me, is to take a pot of their standard English Breakfast tea and see how good it tastes. The one here is so good and strong I choose it most times I come here.

Then there are the cakes. All baked by co-owner Cliff, there is always a whole table of different cakes to choose from at the back of the tea room. If they have it in, I almost always go for the humming bird cake – I’d sincerely love to know how to make a cake this good; but then maybe it’s best to keep it for special treats like a visit to the Berry Tea Shop instead.

Address

1/66 Albert Street, Berry, NSW 2535, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 (2) 4464 1218

Web address

The Berry Tea Shop on Facebook (regular updates)

https://www.theberryteashop.com.au/

Opening Hours

10.00am – 5,00pm Daily (but give them a call if you plan to arrive after 4pm, just in case they close early)

Getting there

The tea shop sits in a little courtyard away from the busy main street of Berry. It’s on the right-hand side of the main road as you head south through town. In the train, it’s about a 15 minute walk from Berry station.

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Alpha Espresso Bar – coffee shop in Epping, NSW

Description

Good community feel to this coffee shop in Epping. With main road and railway cutting through Epping, I felt lucky I found this place for my post-swim coffee.

The review of this coffee shop in Epping NSW is designed to fit in with our tour of New South Wales outdoor swimming pools and this coffee shop was great for a post swim coffee after a dip in Epping outdoor pool. There’s no book planned for now but a new website http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

The Pablo & Rusty’s coffee drew me into Alpha, and didn’t disappoint. Apparently P&R themselves used to run this coffee shop in Epping but when the new owners took on the place, they wisely chose to keep the same roasters on.

My visit was quick and I only had time to sample a coffee and pastry, which was decent enough. After trawling past a lot of pretty ordinary looking places for a cuppa on the other side of the tracks, I was pleased to find good coffee in Epping and would certainly come back here on a future visit..

Address

42 Langston Place, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 (2) 9868 4828

Web address

Alpha Espresso Bar on Facebook (not many updates)

Opening Hours

6.00am – 4,00pm Monday – Friday

7.00am – 2.00pm Saturday – Sunday

Getting there

It’s a stone’s throw from Epping train station on Sydney’s northern suburbs line, but make sure you leave the station on the right side of the tacks, heading east. I drove and could only find parking on the other side of the railway near the big supermarket, but none of the coffee shops over that side appealed to me. 

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