While coffee is today’s fashionable drink, tea is the ultimate classic cuppa and when enjoyed with a scone topped with jam and cream you have the necessary ingredients for a Devonshire tea. Here are 5 Ipswich venues where you can enjoy this much loved English tradition.
Occupying prime position in Queen’s Park, Queensland’s first offical park, the Queens Park Cafe serves Devonshire tea daily. Sit on the café’s deck overlooking the green grassy hills and trees of the park and enjoy your tea and scones in the peaceful surroundings.
Location – Queens Park, Ipswich. Open – Money to Sunday 8am to 5pm
Located within the Top of Town precinct on Brisbane Street, Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant, serve delicious house made scones accompanied with jam and Chantilly cream. Baked in-house the scones are a substantial size and served warm alongside a pot of tea of your choice, order your Devonshire tea and watch the world pass by from the footpath tables or sit inside the exposed brick cafe.
Location – 126 Brisbane St, Ipswich. Open – Monday to Sunday from 7am
Enjoy a Sunday drive to Wolston House, Brisbane’s oldest surviving farmhouse and browse through this National Trust treasure yourself or take a tour with a volunteer guide. While the onsite cafe is currently not operational, visitors can purchase scones and tea (or coffee) from the volunteers, then enjoy their Devonshire tea in the garden while admiring the 169 year old house and surrounding countryside.
Location – 223 Grindle Rd, Wacol. Open – Sunday only from 10am to 2pm
THE RETRO DINER
Step back in time to the 1950’s and 60’s when you step inside the American styled, Retro Diner. Serving breakfast through to dinner as well as a range of home baked plain and flavoured scones, including orange and cardamon and even fruit mince, this is the place to go if you want to sip your tea while sitting at a laminex table watching the hit TV show ‘Happy Days’.
Location – 195 Brisbane St, Ipswich. Open – Monday to Sunday from 7am
Built in 1861 and occupying a charming Queensland cottage, the Cottage Restaurant sits perched on the crest of Limestone Street offering sweeping views over Ipswich. Serving the most exquisite Devonshire tea from Tuesday to Friday, just think warm, freshly baked scones served with a generous bowl of jam and cream alongside a perfectly sized pot of tea for one, and this is the ultimate tea and scone experience. All you need to do is sit back, indulge and enjoy the view.
Location – 108 Limestone St, Ipswich. Open – Morning tea served Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 11.30am