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“Eccentric eating but worth the visit”

Bygone Beautys Leura
Ranked #1 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Leura
Cuisines: Soups
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms is nestled in the village of Leura within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and is home to the world's largest private collection of teawares. There are more than 5,500 teapots in the collection, spanning five centuries and including teapots from all over the world, most of which were collected within Australia. The Treasured Teapot Museum reflects and preserves the diversity of Australian tea-drinking culture. Everywhere you look you will see teapots and tea-related artefacts, old and new, rare or common from Australia, America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Teapots are made in a range of materials and are all on display including china, silver, silver plate, pottery, fine porcelain, cast iron, bakelite, decoupage and textiles. Enjoy the selection of teas and partake of lunch or light refreshments, served with olde-worlde charm. Devonshire Tea is the house specialty or indulge in a Traditional High Tea. Between February 2014 and August 2015, Bygone Beautys undertook major extensions and renovations including a new museum space featuring more than 5,500 teapots (some debuting publically for the first time), function room, formal tearoom and retail area specialising in all things tea-related. The revamp has been steeped to perfection and is now ready to savour. Museum Admission: $5.50 per person and is redeemable with an equivalent purchase in the tearooms or retail area.
Sydney, Australia
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Eccentric eating but worth the visit”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is a cafe/lunch restaurant/teapot museum/china store all in one grand old house in the Leura village. The 3000 teapots that are on display add to the ambience and it is worth while inspecting them at close quarters. The service is somewhat erratic, but when you catch the attention of the waiter, all goes well. We had mushroom soup, pumpkin soup and the hamburger, all of which were well priced and good to eat. The almond and orange cake afterwards was also a delight. We thought that the prices were reasonable. What did mar the event was how long it took to pay the bill at the end. It must have taken the cashier a full 10 minutes to calculate then process a credit card booking and a small purchase from the china store, so you may want to leave plenty of time for dealing with the bill. A tip - this is not for children - there is too much china around at close quarters to visitors!

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Linda P
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English first
Cohuna, Australia
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“So Expensive!!!”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

We went to have a look around and thought coffee would be nice but not at $6.50 for a latte (only available in a mug) and $4.75 for a cup of tea!! It was too late when we saw the prices as we had already ordered. $22.50 was way too expensive for tea & coffee only - not even a small biscuit on the side!

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Barbara H
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Lovely setting but as others have mentioned, the service was poor and the food was overpriced. We had coffee and scones, ie a Devonshire Tea, and the waitress could not explain why it cost $2 MORE than if we had ordered the scones and tea separately. Scones were good however, and a fair size.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank TravellingAussieMum
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“Great vibe and good food”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

late spring evening with the "garage" doors open - a wonderful atmosphere. The concept of small "tasting" plates is great - allows great choice and variety. We had scollops which were divine, followed by the trout pizza. Food was delicious, service good and friendly, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal

Visited November 2012
1 Thank AussieMadtraveller
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“Devonshire Tea - yum”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

A quaint cottage crammed full of antiques for browsing.
Devonshire tea served promptly outside was absolutely delicious.
A very enjoyable experience.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank NiceRostrevor
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