This Brisbane icon has a history as long as its selection of tea and an unparalleled charm that gives it a unique quality.
Venture inside the newly restored City Hall and you will find one of Brisbane's much-loved and recognisable cafe restaurants, the Shingle Inn. This quaint venue has a history as long as its selection of teas and an unparalleled charm that gives it a unique quality. Originally located in Edward Street, the traditional English style teahouse has become an icon and many locals have fond memories of its delicious treats and distinctive décor. After closing in 2002, it has recently found a new home and maintains its original fit out.
Upon walking into Shingle Inn, a cabinet of fresh and scrumptious cakes greets diners giving a tantalising preview of what's in store. Friendly waitresses don black and white maid uniforms, elegant dining areas are made from polished walnut and chandeliers hang from the ceiling, all of which add to the warm and relaxed atmosphere. A lovely tradition that has survived the move is found in the positioning of the gleaming sugar bowls, which signals to the staff whether or not a customer has been served.
A great way to sample different goodies is The Grande Duke High Tea ($45.00 per person). This decadent three tiered super-treat includes fresh sandwiches, scones and jam, and a top layer of petite sweet treats. Standouts include the camembert, pistachio, fig and ginger confit ribbon sandwiches and the mini crème brûlée. Chai Marsala or Organic English Breakfast tea compliment the food beautifully as does the glass of sparkling Seppelt Salinger Cuvee 2009. Bookings are required for the high tea, served daily from 2:30pm - 4:30pm and between 11.30am - 1.30pm on weekends.
Lovers of sweets who haven't yet experienced Shingle Inn's delights, settle into a cosy booth and make your own memories of good company and great food in a special setting.