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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Covid restrictions are over but told where to stand, forced to sanitise and spoken to like a child by the manager Margo. During Covid, separate visit, forced to sit in the sun and unable to move even thought the service was 20 minutes late, when...asked why I can’t move after 20 minutes in the sun was told I was a liar though their sign in requirement proved my statement was true. I then found the waitress had failed to process the order. Never seen such poor and paranoid customer service. Both times walked out. View is great but nothing else. If you are prepared to be bullied and treated like a child you will like this tea house. We are locals and have travelled extensively all over the world, this is the worst I have experienced.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great find this was. The tea-rooms are absolutely charming and are set inside a 19th century lighthouse-keeper's cottage. From the headland, the views extend across Port Stephens and beyond. The views were magical. On a bright, sunny blue-sky day we could see Shoal...Bay, Boondelbah Island, Tomaree Point, and Mt Yaccaba clearly. Tables are mostly outside and it couldn’t be a nicer setting. A pair of friendly, colourful rosellas even flitted around overhead, staying still long enough for photos every once in a while. The cafe-style food was excellent. I enjoyed the Smoked Salmon Smash (avocado, pesto, rocket, tomatoes & capers on sourdough $23) and we shared scones with jam and cream ($10). They were nicely fluffy and also huge. Pleasingly, they served leaf tea, in a pot (no soggy, old teabags here). Next time, I’d do two things differently: i) Firstly, I’d book ahead. Forgetting that it was school holidays, we didn’t think to book and the place was very busy. As we didn’t plan to stay any longer than an hour, staff very kindly checked and found us a table that was between bookings. ii) Secondly, we should have popped into the lighthouse museum when we first saw that it was open. Instead we went to the tearooms but the museum relies on volunteers to man it and by the time we’d had brunch, it was shut so we missed out. GETTING THERE: There is a tiny carpark beside the lighthouse which can accomodate a few cars. If you have to park at the bottom of the hill, it is only a short walk to the top (less than 5 min). Having caught the ferry from Tea Gardens, we walked the full distance from the ferry - a lovely 20 minute walk which took us along Nelson Bay and Little Beach, past Fly Point and through the Flora Gardens. I’d highly recommend this.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 27 March 2022

This place definitely seems worth the hype to me. The views are some of the best I've ever had at a restaurant and all the outdoor seating has a pretty unobstructed overlook over some of the prettiest bays in the area and out to the...headlands. It's also really conveniently located for seeing and relaxing in between other activities in the area. I was a bit intimidated because it's a busy place, but service was pretty quick. The hot chocolate was rich and comfy and the scones were fluffy, fresh, and absolutely massive. The portions of everything are VERY generous. I had a toasted ham/cheese/pesto sourdough sandwich and my partner had a burger with the works, both filling and what you'd hope for from a good café. I saw the nearest table really enjoying their lunch too. The scones are definitely the main standout though, and you would be pretty well served by grabbing something to drink (good menu here) and a scone.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 14 February 2022

We have been regulars at the Tea House for many years. We never tire of the magnificent view, the fresh and tasty food, and the friendly service. In our opinion, there is no better place in Port Stephens to start the day. We particularly love...the scones, but everything else on the menu is great too. The manager, Gail, always greets us with a friendly smile and does a great job looking after other customers and her staff. We couldn't recommend the Tea House more highly. Looking forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 6 February 2022 via mobile

Excellent food for the price! Amazing value. The sandwiches are delicious and huge. Very happy with the coffee/ scones etc too. Definitely a special place to go with friends as the views are outstanding too.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 26 January 2022 via mobile

Inner Light Tea Rooms Cafe, Nelson Bay At the Nelson Head Lighthouse Reserve you will find a Cafe, the Inner Light Tea Rooms, nice food with stunning views. #NelsonHeadLighthouseReserve #InnerLightTeaRooms #NelsonBay

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 28 December 2021

Beautiful food and stunning views, what could be better than lunch at the Inner Light Tearooms when one visits Nelson Bay? We sat outside in shade. We both chose the Eggs Benedict which was delicious and nicely presented, followed by tea and coffee. The service...was good. We were charmed by colourful lorikeets close by, and admired the fabulous view. We were required to leave after and hour and a half though we could have happily stayed longer. You definitely need to book at this popular venue.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

Went for the walk and ended up with enormous scones and fabulous coffees at an amazing vantage point in Nelson Bay. Lovely friendly staff. Great morning

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 30 October 2021

This café at the Nelson Bay lighthouse must have the best view in town with spectacular views down Shoal Bay to Tomaree Headland and across to Yacaaba Headland, Jimmys Beach and Winda Woppa. There’s a good selection of affordable breakfast, lunch and drinks on offer....We shared a couple of different sandwiches which were excellent. Cake, cold coffee and milkshake were also faultless. The staff were friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit, but if on foot bear in mind the road climbs fairly steeply.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 11 August 2021

Views are great but that's all - in the last two visits the food has been poor - a sandwich arrived on a large dinner plate - not cut in half, no garnish, just tinned salmon and a couple of slices of cuc - could...do better myself. The sourdough isn't the local 2 Bobs either (great bread). The time before a slice of cake was ridiculously expensive and when the price was queried, hostility was the response. Nothing about this place apart from the views is worth a visit - shame as it has potential. The birds are now a nuisance as well.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Not that I can recall seeing bacon and eggs but there is a good selection. The view is worth the visit.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5