I have always thought of tea houses as nanna friendly, doily packed, jam topped, scone filled wonderlands of yesteryear, where everything, whilst being charming, is a little outdated. However, a new crop of doily-free tea haunts are springing up throughout the suburbs, breathing new life into the time honoured tradition of taking tea.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of New Farm, sits the very English Cobble Stone Tea House. Expertly run by a mother daughter duo, guests can expect freshly pressed white linen table cloths, eclectic fine bone china and homemade sweet and savoury treats, all served up in an intimate parlour setting. High tea sittings start from $25 and should be booked in advance.
Where: Shop 3 in 27 Lamington Street New Farm
Contact: 07 3254 0550
Not your traditional take on a Tea Room, this newly opened Bulimba café serves up a variety of retro treats including neenish tarts, sand cake and delectable (albeit sugar-coma-inducing) marshmallow, cornflake and chocolate chip cookies the size of your face. Complete with an impressive tea menu (we recommend the gunpowder green tea
) and a cute fitout, the Southside Tea Room is just the spot for locals looking beyond the overcrowded Oxford Street on a Saturday morning.
Where: 639 Wynnum Road in Morningside
Tucked away at the back of this homewares haunt, you’ll find a tiny café of no more than five or six tables. Come the weekend, they exclusively serve up tea and scones. Expect these freshly baked gems to arrive at your table with generous dollops of Maleny cream and jam, presented on a charmingly mismatched vintage tea set.
Where: 11 Latrobe Terrace in Paddington
Contact: 07 3369 7255
A fabulous little hideaway in Taringa, Kichi-Ba Teahouse will easily tempt you with its minimal design and menu of traditional, homebrewed Japanese teas with a twist. Serving up beautifully made cakes and a selection of Japanese sweet treats, Kichi-Ba Teahouse is well worth a visit.
Where: 7 Princess Street in Taringa