A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and
and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published February 14th 2015
English High Tea at its Best
Do you enjoy scenic drives leading to quaint country villages? Do you romance after fresh roses and pretty cream cakes shaped liked butterflies? Well, I know a secret place, but my secret isn't a secret anymore.
Flutterbies cake - Image from website
A lazy two hour drive south from Brisbane through the scenic Numinbah Valley, past Chillingham and round about is the idyllic township of Tyalgum, sitting in the towering shadow of Mt Warning.
Mt Warning - Image from website
Once a remote timber town, Tyalgum is now one the valley's most popular day trip destinations with idle old shops brought to life just for you.
They are now artisan galleries, showcasing handcrafted local gifts and unique pieces of pottery, glassware, woodwork plus stunning local photography. A bookshop is stuffed with an eclectic selection of new and used books, cool vinyl LPs and curious films. There's a resident silversmiths studio; a vintage shop of memories; an eco friendly organic store offering life-positive products; and magical curios full to the brim of gifts, enchanted fairies, lavender, dolls and lovable teddy bears. However Tyalgum's crowning glory is surely Flutterbies Cottage Cafe.
Radiating romance with real tablecloths and vases of fresh roses, you step back to a time when the welcome was warm, the service was friendly, the food was homemade and the cakes were coated in real cream. Don't let the old fashioned details fool you. On the menu, along with homemade county pies, you will find breakfast treats like 'spicy baked beans served with avocado, poached eggs and homemade cornbread' or spectacular luncheon choices such as 'Chicken boscaiola - creamy polenta, pine nuts, roast tomatoes and field mushrooms'.
Flutterbies High Tea - Image from website
And the choice doesn't stop with the menu as you can decide to sit inside the historic bakery building with its olde English airs or relax in the courtyard garden.
Remember to leave room for the light creamy treat they are renowned for the Flutterbie cake best enjoyed with a cup of English Tea or organic coffee roasted on the premises. Try a glass or two of Flutterbies Rose Water Lemonade or a flute of French Champagne (yes they are licensed).
Champagne - Image from website
Flutterbies Cottage Cafe also offers High Tea's in the simply charming Tea Room that can be exclusively booked. If you are planning a birthday, a bridal shower , anniversary, or you just want to enjoy the yesteryear romance of nibbling on rose-flavoured delicacies, handmade sweet and savoury treats whilst sipping boutique tea or sparkling Rosι , then may I suggest the ultimate Ladies' Afternoon.
Tempted? Then best start your journey now, this weekend. Visitors have been known to travel for miles, some on horseback or helicopter or sporty little cars tops down and the cool wind in their hair. However you find your way to Taylgum to explore the quaint shops and share the hospitality of Flutterbies Cottage Cafe, you had better be quick. The secret is out.
Loved this place from the moment we stepped out of the car, didn,t notice if there was a welcome mat at the door, but it didn,t matter, we just felt at ease, loved all the lovely gifts on display, the memories that we took away with us and often speak about it, was the Flutterbie Cottage Cafe and those delicious Flutterbie Cup Cakes, but more so was the friendly staff who have a broard knowledge of the area and could advice us of other areas worth looking at. Highly recommended