Gunners Barracks Tea Rooms
That’s the contents of the gluten free afternoon tea you can see there, right before I inhaled the lot in about five seconds flat. We’ve got sandwiches, scones, cake, panna cotta, macarons, cheesecake… I suppose I should point out there is tea too, but nobody goes to afternoon tea for the actual tea, do they?! Now, not only is the food absolutely divine (see review coming soon over at A Gluten Free Nomad), but the view is possibly even better. I mean… Just look.
Swoon.(And, oh hey Manly ferries!)
Middle Head Gun Emplacements
After our afternoon tea, we took a digestive walk around to the Middle Head gun emplacements. If you’ve eaten a little less cake than we had, then you can walk around from Gunner’s Barracks itself, but we chose to drive to a car park a little nearer the action, from which you can walk along a pleasantly tree-lined path.
You soon get to the furthermost point of Middle Head, upon which stand the remains of the gun emplacements. You can clamber up all around them, and from the top of the edge on the circular rampart you can gaze out on this killer view, out between North and South head and right into the Tasman Sea beyond.
You can watch the boats and the birds to your heart’s content, and then seek shade in the cool tunnels under the gun emplacement.
You may have noticed a strong bias towards food and beverage establishments… And you’d be right. I do love a good afternoon tea. Burnt Orange is a cafe/restaurant with a beautiful gift shop attached. It will soon be launching as an events venue as well, and I wonder why they haven’t done it sooner – it’s a gorgeous location and building.
There’s a glimpse of the harbour through beautiful mature gum trees, a gently sloping lawn, and rabbits hopping around just to give it an even more idyllic atmosphere. The building has a wide verandah which you can sit in and enjoy your meal. In our case, we went straight for the good stuff (predictably).
The whole place is full of homely touches, from the cute patterned plates they use to serve the food (which are also available in the shop), to the friendly service. It’s also great for babies, with neighbours graciously cooing over my rather-too-noisy-at-times 8 month old nephew. There was a good selection of gluten free cakes, too, so I was happy.
Stopping to take a whiff of the frangipani by the front door on the way out, and beaming happily relaxed are the overwhelming feelings I have when I think of Burnt Orange.In case you’re in the area, here are the places I’ve mentioned mapped out for you.
Have you been to Middle Head? Did you try any of my Top Three?