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At Inner Light Tea Rooms, you will "Come for the View, Stay for the Food!" Our Cafe has spectacular panoramic views of Port Stephens. Breakfast and lunch You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon tea while enjoying the magnificent view. We are open 7 days a week for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We are open from 8.30am to 3.00pm everyday. Order and pay inside. Cash or EFTPOS.
Lovely birdseye view of the bay and islands. Great location. Had a perfect brunch. Lovely, pleasant waitresses. Yummy food. A wonderful experience.
Also visited the Gift Shop; appreciate the friendly ladies working there - thank you!
As a resident and regular i would like to inform Inner light Tearooms manager to take more notice of the staff. I had the unfortunate experience re a blonde older staff member who treated us and some other people who came after us with attitude...for coming about an hour before closing. She made it quite obvious with her huffing and puffing and informing us of her busy day while folding the table umbrellas down and making it quite obvious she wanted to go home and we were a nuisance. if you go towards the end of the day you dont want to be made to feel you are not welcome. Apart from that its a wonderfrul place with a wonderful view.More
I have been going to the Inner LIght Tearooms for over a decade, usually for afternoon tea which always involved coffee and cake of some description. The view is spectacular and the ambience is lovely - trees, birds, the sound of the ocean and no...terrible jarring loud music as one seems to encounter in almost every cafe these days, However, having had breakfast there for the first time these holidays, I am going to say that we were not impressed with the food at all. This consisted of dry raisin toast, rather stingily buttered, luke-warm eggs, a very thin and flattened cheese toastie, a limp and rather pathetic avocado smash, plus two very dry, hard scones served with very small blobs of jam and cream that would barely do for even ONE scone. I had called and booked ahead, as required since Covid, but was not informed until arrival, that we were limited to a one and a half hour sitting. This was highly inconvenient as some of our party were late arriving, expecting that we could eat at our leisure. Obviously this was an oversight, and the wait staff, in general, are very nice, but the food is not up to scratch and the menu is a bit uninspiring, For the price that customers pay here, view or no view, there is no excuse not to do better.More
This is the 2nd time we have visited the tea rooms and thoroughly enjoyed coffee, scones, milkshake and GF DF Brownies.
We did not book and realized that we would be lucky to score a table but the staff went out of there way to...find a spot for us to enjoy morning tea.
The service was quick and efficient (which was required as the birds were certainly not afraid to get on the tables for a leftover crumb).
We left and purchased a lotto ticket as in the time that we ate I was pooped on by the afore mentioned birds twice!
Highly recommend but bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen (shade is limited); remember to book if wanting a meal or are not prepared to run the risk of not having a table; and ask to not sit under a tree!More
The view from here is breathtaking, the food simple but tasty, however on the day we went, where most dishes include avocado, the delivery of these were hard & couldn't be served, making us forced to change our decisions on what to eat, also no...brown bread, only white.
Hey guys, not acceptable, who is doing the buying & overseeing of your produce???
For a cafe with everything going for it, this was a total let down, sorry, as I was so looking forward to eating at your delightful little space.
VERY COVID CONCIOUS !!!! NOT SO THE FOODMore
Great views. Service was very poor and not for the first time either. Yes I understand COVID 19 is stressful for workers but a smile wouldn’t go far and the bad attitude unwelcome from the older workers.
Food was average.
The only positive thing I can say about this establishment is the view is spectacular. From there it’s all downhill. Many of the failures including extremely poor service, bread that couldn’t even be cut with steak knives and 40 minutes to get a cold cup...of coffee. Some of this could be overlooked if there was a pleasant, people friendly team but alas NO. They were rude, lacked any personality and made you feel like you were inconveniencing their day. We would NEVER return.More
This is probably one of the best spots in Nelson Bay. The scones were great but the rest of our food was mediocre the younger staff were polite & helpful but unfortunately there were 2 older staff members who were rude because of the covid...outbreak in Sydney it felt like we were being treated like leppers which ruined a family breakfast.More