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Fancy Tea at The Matriarch

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
I love slow travel, slow food and discovering new adventures and delicious regional food in new locations. I'm on an indulgent quest and I'd love you to follow at https://www.facebook.com/walkeatshare
Published December 19th 2022
For those who enjoy an indulgent cream tea
An unassuming entranceway on Masters Street in Newstead leads to an unexpected pleasure for those who enter. The Matriarch is far more than an average cafe, more elegant than a regular bar and more unique than many restaurants.

The Matriarch, Newstead
The Matriarch, Newstead


The first thing that impressed me on my recent visit was the decor. Olive trees reach up towards the high ceilings, huge urns of flowers stand beneath crystal chandeliers and velvet-cushioned chairs accompany gold-trimmed tables. There is an air of opulence and an impression of classic French style.

A little bit French
A little bit French


My lovely daughter-in-law had booked a table for two to celebrate my birthday. I considered how fortunate I am to have people like this in my life as we were presented with a tower of treats to enjoy for our sumptuous Fancy Tea.

A tower of treats
A tower of treats


The attention to detail was enchanting. Our table was set with hand-painted, delicate crockery, charming cutlery, crystal glasses and a chubby teapot.

Pretty crockery and cutlery
Pretty crockery and cutlery


We opted for the 'Matriarch Package', which includes a glass of RosÚ or sparkling wine or, our choice of a Gin and Tea Cocktail.

Gin Tea Cocktail
Gin Tea Cocktail


The savoury selection included mini brioche buns and tiny sliders. My favourites were pastry twists with spinach and ricotta filling.

Sliders and other savouries
Sliders and other savouries


We lingered, intentionally, sipping cocktails and nibbling savouries as we observed other diners. The majority of the clientele were women. Many were clearly celebrating an occasion and had taken the trouble to dress up. We were surrounded by cheerful chatter and a joyful ambience.

Tiny pots of jam and packets of french butter were provided and we smothered scones and croissants accordingly. The tea menu offers the usual classics as well as a large variety of fruit and herbal teas. We chose a black chai which was a perfect accompaniment to our scones with jam and cream.

Scones and croissants
Scones and croissants


Our teapot was topped up by an attentive waiter and we lingered and sipped some more before considering dainty sweet slices and fresh strawberries.

Sweets and strawberries
Sweets and strawberries


I felt indulgent and indulged as I enjoyed courteous service, good company and delicious treats. Being surrounded by flowers always makes me happy.

Flowers everywhere
Flowers everywhere


The Matriarch currently offers a Christmas Fancy Tea Package for $70pp. It includes an eggnog cocktail, a glass of sparkling wine or RosÚ, bottomless tea and coffee, of course, and Christmas-inspired food options.

Fancy Christmas
Fancy Christmas


The Matriarch is on my list of 'favourite places to go in Brisbane'. I plan to revisit with my granddaughters. I'm sure you'd love it too.
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Why? It's nice to be indulgent
When: Thursday-Sunday afternoons
Phone: (07) 3061 4703
Where: 1/22 Masters St, Newstead QLD
Cost: $45 or $55 p/p
Your Comment
Looks enchanting. Thank you for putting things like this on WeekendNotes otherwise we'd never know its there.
by Barb Jeffs (score: 2|156) 94 days ago
I love the plants, they create a wonderful atmosphere.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10456) 92 days ago
So very decadent and great attention to the finer details. Looks beautiful.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6419) 95 days ago
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