As soon as we sit down, a tray of small jars containing black, green, fruit blends and herbal loose-leaf tea arrives for us to sniff and select. We’ve barely gotten over our first impressions of the wonderfully kept old Queenslander when our senses are overwhelmed, intrigued and duly impressed by the choice of tea. There’s plenty of room with tables out the back, on the front verandah and scattered in the garden, and by the sounds of things it can and does, get mighty busy. It’s easy to understand why as it’s the perfect setting for tea and scones, and I almost feel I could be in exotic colonial Africa or Asia. The little touches; the dainty teacups and teapots, and my friend comments on the use of wine glasses for water, makes for a lovely experience. Choose from either the traditional plain scones, date served with butter, or ginger scones served with ginger conserve. I try both the plain and ginger, and if you’re a ginger fan, you’ll like them. The scones taste fresh and buttery but are quite small – perfect for a High Tea, but not substantial enough for a Devonshire Tea, and, both my friend and I agree, could be better. The raspberry jam is thick and rich and the freshly whipped cream has been cooled in the fridge so it far from slides off your knife – nice! Opening hours are limited to Friday from 11am to 2.30pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Tea: A vast selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: An impressive setting reminiscent of historic times.
Location: 7 Johns Rd/ Springbrook Rd, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213 Ph: 07 5525 3053
Reviewed in November, 2013