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Silky Oak Tea Gardens, Kia Ora

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by Annie Evett (subscribe)
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Published April 3rd 2013
Discover this hidden gem near Gympie
On the road between Gympie and Tin Can Bay, this hidden gem is worth a stop over for its rustic charm, fantastic food and friendly service. Silky Oak Tea Gardens are a well guarded secret amongst locals, hosting weekly live music, karaoke nights and rock and roll evenings. Owners, Darrell and Helen mix things up with a pig on the spit and monthly full moon events.

Originally a genteel gardens for high tea, this place has evolved with the interests and needs of the strong local community, being shaped by the events around it. When a lightning strike felled a tree in the gardens, Darrell had the remains machined into giant slabs which were used for the gorgeous bar, surrounds and some tables. Local farmers were invited to use their branding irons to mark a spot along the top of the bar.

Our Meals
Darrell brings out our meals

Although most of the restaurant is set within a tin shed, the atmosphere buzzes with exciting treasures and the tin walls are soon forgotten. The decor is eclectic, ranging from historical posters, to old machinery. The bar itself is made from the remains of the trunk of the destroyed tree, large polished slabs and corrugated iron. Silky Oak Tea Gardens is a fully licensed pub, offering a take-out service for alcohol as well as a good bar selection. Darrell makes a brilliant, authentic lemon lime and bitters, using organic limes from the farm next door. Many of the ingredients from the menu are also locally sourced.

black board menu
The Menu

The menu is displayed on blackboards boasting a good range of items to suit most tastes. They are open from midday till late every day for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, though it does pay to ring ahead to ensure they are open; particular if you are bringing a larger group. Our group sampled the melt in your mouth rump steak, the steak sandwiches and an exquisite pork loin smothered in locally made mango chutney. Servings (even the children's fish and chips) were extremely generous and prices were very reasonable.

Rump Steak to die for

Of a night, woodfire pizzas are also on offer with a separate area to cater for diners. Coffees and teas are available throughout the day and can be enjoyed in the tropical gardens overlooking tiny ponds or colourful plants. Smokers are well catered for with a cordoned off area set within the gardens to enjoy their habit.

Garden Dining

Reminiscent of the medieval style pubs, Silky Oak Tea Rooms is a thriving hub of entertainment, good food and stories. With a wonderful atmosphere, friendly country folk and a great selection of beverages, you may find your stay is longer than you anticipated.

kids meals
Kids' Fish and Chips

Steak Sandwich
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Why? Great food, rustic atmosphere
When: Daily midday till late
Phone: (07) 5486 5535
Where: 33 Priddy Road, Kia Ora QLD 4570
Cost: Kids' meals $7.50 Mains from $12
Your Comment
Wow I won't to go there thanks for that awesome review.
by Morga (score: 0|2) 2894 days ago
Whoops. I meant I WANT to go there!!! Sorry. Sounds great
by Morga (score: 0|2) 2894 days ago
been to the tea gardens often visiting daughter is going to get married there
by thorn (score: 0|2) 2345 days ago
love the place
by thorn (score: 0|2) 2345 days ago
been to the tea gardens often visiting daughter is going to get married there
by thorn (score: 0|2) 2345 days ago
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