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Published September 9th 2014
A faux-nostalgic cafe with vintage sweets and treats
Walking down Given Terrace, I was surprised to find The Shingle Inn had recently moved into one of the beautiful little shops and had some alfresco dining out the front for 'ladies who lunch' and coffee dates. Being a cupcake kinda gal, I popped in for a coffee and a sweet treat while I was on my shopping mission.
I used to think that there were only a few locations of this Brisbane stalwart of cakes and pastries. However, as I sat there waiting for my drink, I looked up my phone to find there are now over 40 across Australia.
The original Shingle Inn was opened in Edward Street in Brisbane City in 1936 out of The Great Depression with the vision to be an elegant teahouse and restaurant in an English style. It was soon the place to be and be seen in Brisbane and remained so until it's final closing in 2002. Such was the outcry that the original interior was kept in storage and gifted to Brisbane City Hall to be fit out in the new refurbishments which were completed early last year.
This Paddington franchise may not be the original Shingle Inn that has grown, not just in number but in reputation over the last 80 plus years, but it still retains the dark wooden interior and English tea house charm of the first. The staff here were friendly and courteous and the decor is of dark wood with luxurious chairs and couches. The menu is still decadent with iconic Patty Cakes and Lemon Meringue Pies along with a butterscotch waffle with icecream, smothered in caramel sauce. It's a place that hard not to like as it wins you over with its elegance.