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Riverbend Books & Teahouse

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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published July 3rd 2012
Bulimba's Oxford Street is a hub for the cute and the quirky, one such spot being the Riverbend Books & Teahouse situated at the top end of Oxford Street. Here you have yourself a glorious location to sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by a delicious cake or two, whilst nestled in a good book. This landmark opened its doors in 1998 and has been a busy hub for eager bookworms and passing by foodies. The atmosphere of the book shop is cosy and friendly with a selection of fantastic reads for all ages. The staff is helpful and is able to have almost any book ordered in for your convenience, which is exactly what my friend decided to do as he is very much into Australian wines.

Afternoon Tea @ Riverbend Books & Teahouse (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Afternoon Tea @ Riverbend Books & Teahouse (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


The Teahouse is fully catered for patrons on a spacious deck out the front of the bookstore. Here you can enjoy a refreshing meal, a cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of bubbly. My partner and I made the venture down to the Teahouse on Sunday afternoon for a late lunch. Having missed this menu, we were welcomed by the afternoon tea menu. Amongst the list was a selection of sweet and savoury dishes that is sure to keep everyone happy. My partner satisfied his sweet tooth with Fresh baked scone, jam & clotted cream that came out accompanied with fresh raspberries, whilst I chose the Spiced pork rillettes, cornichons, Dijon, warm baguette. We both shared a pot of Earl Grey and took a moment to relax in our surroundings.

The always satisfying Earl Grey (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
The always satisfying Earl Grey (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


You can't go wrong with scones with jam and cream, I managed to sweet talk half of the scone into my belly (female power of persuasion), this was tasty, just as you would imagine your grandma making them on a Sunday morning. My dish was equally as tantalizing on the palate. For someone who has never had pork rillettes (similar to pate) before, I really enjoyed the flavours when combined with the cornichons (French for gherkin) and dijion mustard, for under $10 you can't go wrong.

Looking around at 3:30 pm on a Sunday afternoon, the area was busy, however the ability for one to unwind despite this was still attainable. Next time you are in the area be sure to stop by for a tea too.

Riverbend Books & Teahouse (Photo from riverbendbooks.com.au)
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Why? Great Books, lovely deck, delicious food, great tea and coffee
When: Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Monday Sunday 7:30am 5:00pm
Phone: Bookshop (07 3399 6788) Teahouse (07 3399 6788)
Where: 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba Queensland 4171
Cost: Breakfast ($4 - $18), Lunch ($8 - $27), Afternoon Tea ($4 - $10)
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