Fancy Tea at The Matriarch

Fancy Tea at The Matriarch


Posted 2022-12-20 by Karen Rossfollow
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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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