A quiet spot for coffee and cake can be hard to find on Queen Street. Hidden up on the gallery level of the Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses offers a brief respite from the hubbub of the Mall.
This English style tea room serves an assortment of desserts, scones and cakes (the passionfruit sponge and the lemon curd roulade are two of their best). The breakfast and lunch menus are made up of traditional, even sentimental dishes (corned beef fritters, shepherd’s pie, dainty ribbon sandwiches) not often seen on other Brisbane cafe menus,
Prices are pretty hefty (a flat white alone will set you back $5.20) but you are paying for the atmosphere — the 1920s architecture of the Heritage listed Arcade, the fresh cut roses at each table, the wall mounted chandeliers and floral upholstered armchairs, the friendly but unobtrusive service –as much as you are paying for the food. The olde worlde ambience makes Room with Roses an ideal setting for high tea, and they do one of the best in the city.
Fully licensed, the drinks menu at Room with Roses lists several wines and some beers, as well as one cocktail – a Classic Pimms and Dry.