When I suggested to a friend who has lived in Brisbane for more than 25 years, a Devonshire Bush Tea at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, she had no idea what I was talking about. Redlands Shire is the gateway to North Stradbroke Island and I guess, for inner city Brisbane folk, is not really a place they hang out in. So an enlightening afternoon followed. The IndigiScapes Centre is an environmental education centre and has botanic gardens featuring only plants locally native to the Redlands area. There’s a Visitor’s Centre where you can pick up brochures on the area and Stradbroke Island and a gift shop selling indigenous themed products such as lillypilli and rosella jams. The menu leans towards dishes using indigenous herbs and spices, but also offers a variety of café fare. The stand out is the Devonshire Bush Tea that along with their plain scones offers a lemon myrtle variety. I suggest the latter as the plain are heavy, dry and crumbly, plus the subtle lemon myrtle flavour pairs beautifully with the array of jams available. Choose from flavours such as quandong, Davidson plum, strawberry and wattle seed, and of course lillypilly and rosella, as well as mango and pineapple. The cream is fresh but very light. Although we snagged a table after the lunch rush, bookings are advisable.
Tea: An interesting selection of loose-leaf teas served in a lovely cast iron teapot. I suggest the wattleseed tea, which pairs well with the lemon myrtle scones.
Overall: A lovely garden setting with an indigenous twist.
Location: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba QLD 4157 Ph: 07 3824 8611
Reviewed April, 2015