holiday in Port Fairy last month, I was a bit "meh" about the food we ate in cafes. Of course it wasn't all bad. We fell in love with the Clonmara Tearoom. The food was lovely, the service friendly and the building welcoming. It was so good that after a delicious breakfast we returned for lunch the next day and were prepared to wait for half an hour.
Sylvia chose a scone and orange juice. The scone was amazingly light and fluffy. Mrs Clonmara chose a pink straw for the juice. E and I each had a pot of tea. The tea menu was extensive with some interesting herbal choices and the pots had loose leaf tea. Each pot came with a large smartie. Sylvia was so excited when she was given one of her own. I liked the attention to little details.
We later talked to Mr Clonmara who cooks the food. He is from Glasgow and was happy to talk about variations in potato scones. I made potato scones at home that are like unleavened bread and imitate those we would buy in Edinburgh. The Clonmara potato scones were more like a fritter of roughly mashed potato held together with a little flour. The whole menu reflected his Scottish heritage and E was really pleased to have food he usually can't find outside Scotland.
There is nothing like a warming rich cheese on toast on a cold wet day. If I were to quibble I would prefer a dense sourdough to an English muffin. More important was the bitey intense cheese sauce, hot crisp chips and the lovely salad of leaves, beetroot and feta. E also enjoyed his haggis with chips and mushy peas and Sylvia loved her chunky chips.
our last trip to Port Fairy.) We rang the RACV for roadside assistance. They couldn't reach the local mechanic on the phone but told us it shouldn't be too long.
We trooped back into the tearooms to ask to sit and wait there. Mr and Mrs Clonmara welcomed us back. They even gave the mechanic a call to check he was there. They were the sort of people that when I asked about the Port Fairy community market, they not only looked it up, but suggested another option if the weather was really bad. Fortunately our car was still on the road.
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