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Hatters Tea House

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by Joel Callen (subscribe)
A freelance writer on a lifelong mission to discover the world's greatest milkshake. Enjoying writing along the way.
Published August 12th 2012
Alice would certainly want to come back to this tea party
Amongst the op shops and takeaway joints that litter the Ettalong peninsula nestles perhaps the cutest teashop on the Central Coast. Hatters Tea Shop offers the perfect place to meet friends for a weekly catch up, or to spend a happy hour or two indulging in a High Tea.

Stepping through the door, you are greeted with a mismatch of furniture and art. To me, it seemed that lost treasures had fallen through the hole into Wonderland to take their place in this delightful café.

Just past the counter, through a beaded curtain in the back is a small courtyard where you can sit and enjoy the sun and your tea while the kids draw on the chalk wall or play a quick game of croquet (what else?).

The food on offer includes a tempting range of cakes, slices, and the usual café fare - all freshly baked. I enjoyed a slice of their carrot cake and my fellow adventurer has not stopped raving about her sticky date cupcake.

Despite the quirky decoration and delectable baked treats, it is their selection of beverages where Hatters really shines. With 38 different varieties of loose leaf tea for you to try there or take home and enjoy later, you're spoiled for choice. Also on offer is the unique siphon coffee experience, which involves watching your coffee brew at your table.

And for the kids (or 24 year-old writers who have never grown up) there is a selection of milkshakes and smoothies. The most exciting part of my whole afternoon was that my milkshake came served with a striped paper straw. For some reason, it was the perfect touch and made my inner child giggle with joy. My friend's tea came served in mismatched crockery accompanied by a ladybug timer.


For those with a sweet tooth and a fondness for playing with one's food, Hatters' Hot Chocolate On A Spoon is an experience you simply cannot miss. A chunk of Belgian chocolate comes to you on a spoon. You then melt the chocolate in your mug of steaming hot milk. With options to choose from such as March Hare (milk chocolate with pink marshmallows) and Queen of Hearts (chilli dark chocolate), you'll have an endless supply of reasons to come back and visit to sample the whole mouth-watering range.

So if you've got the time, step through the rabbit hole into Hatters Tea House. You'll certainly be glad you did.
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Why? Beause it's always tea-time here
When: 10am - 5pm, 7 days
Phone: 0243445525
Where: 281 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong NSW
Cost: Drinks from around $4, food from $2.50
Your Comment
This place sounds really cute...hopefully with no drink me or eat me side effects :)
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 2445 days ago
Just visited today with my daughters. What a quaint and perfectly cute place to go to. We felt like we had escaped from reality and were actually in wonder land. Im going back with my mum and sister and daughters to indulge in the high tea :-)
by goob0 (score: 0|2) 2419 days ago
Just visited today with my daughters. What a quaint and perfectly cute place to go to. We felt like we had escaped from reality and were actually in wonder land. Im going back with my mum and sister and daughters to indulge in the high tea :-)
by goob0 (score: 0|2) 2419 days ago
Visited today with my husband and children. Loved the interior very cute! Was expecting the place to serve out of this world food but have to say the cupcakes were extremely average. Very dry and icing was really sweet and sickly my husband said that he had had better packet cakes. I ordered a latte which was way too strong and not milkly like a latte should be and the iced chocolate was pretty standard. Far too expensive for the products they deliver won't be returning again.
by jacka (score: 0|2) 2356 days ago
While I agree that mad hatters is absolutely adorable and decadent I don't think the description of Ettalong is accurate. Ettalong itself is a quaint town filled with an assortment of stores offering gifts, clothing, and vintage wares, and hatters is the cherry on an already delectable town.
by billi (score: 0|4) 1862 days ago
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