The Secret Garden Cafe in East Brisbane was a secret for most of us until we received an invitation to attend a high tea within its walls. Seventeen of us ladies gathered to celebrate an upcoming wedding. We were intrigued by the maze of scattered courtyards and nooks, overflowing with potted plants, vintage goods and splashes of colour from bunches of flowers.
The Cottage Garden began as a nursery but through the years expanded to include a cafe, a florist Aamelia's Mater Flowers, vintage furniture, antiques, Adrift clothing, accessories and home wares. It is four kilometres to the CBD making it the closest nursery to the city.
We where greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table situated by a large water feature with goldfish and ivy dripping down the sides with a back drop of ferns and plants. We bought flowers, bunting signage for the bride-to-be, champagne and favours to personalise our table. Within our pricing we were offered free corkage.
Everything came together and with the younger women around the table in their feminine dresses and cake stands laden with cakes sandwiches and panna cotta. A tablecloth would have made the ambience that little more special.
We were waited on with coffee, tea, juice and plenty of bottled water. The service was quick and efficient and not too obtrusive. The food was plentiful and tasty and I was told the coffee was up there. My watermelon and pineapple juice was delicious.
The cafe seemed to be busy and popular. We were left to linger with no pressure to vacate our seats. The girls enjoyed checking out the vintage goods for sale and exploring the other Secret Garden shops.