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New hands at Martha’s Pantry

I also enjoyed a beautiful tea at Martha’s Pantry recently, now in new hands after sale by founder Mary.

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The cafe has been redecorated and is lighter and crisper, with an overall more modern feel.

The focus is, of course, still on tea and treats, so I couldn’t pass up the white Jasmine blooming tea and Dunedin cheese roll, with a baby cupcake to round things out.

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The tea was a thing of beauty (and fascination) from the initial bud floating in the carafe to the fully opened floral bouquet at the end. I particularly liked that it was a low-caffeine option, refreshing and different.

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The service was pleasant and efficient, and on a quieter weekday (they get pretty booked up with high teas on weekends), a very nice place to have a catchup with friends or even a business meeting.

And you can tick off your gift shopping while there too – flower fairies, cupcake soaps, traditional children’s games, bone china tea sets and more.

Cnr Karo Drive and Cuba Street.




Qilin tea house

I rather enjoyed my first sojourn to Qilin teahouse for a late pastry and iced tea lunch.

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I’m going to borrow some of the Qilin website words here, because they sum it up pretty well:

  • a large range of flowering, premium and house blend teas served hot, iced or in latte form
  • exciting flavours like Iron Buddha and Qilin Chai
  • nitro coffee and homemade kombucha on tap
  • Asian nod on the food menu

There’s even a little tea running through some of the food – I spied fresh mozzarella, basil pesto and black tea drizzle on sourdough. Goodness.

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I went for iced tea since I’d been running around – the Jasmine with basil, strawberry and hibiscus. Very flavourful and very, very refreshing.

Well known and local ingredients like Lewis Road butter, Zany Zeus, and Fix & Fogg are dotted throughout the menu, as well as interesting Asian components like dragon ball, peking style mushroom and onigiri rice ball, and house-made ingredients like bacon jam.

Qilin pastry

The Xian roast pulled lamb bun sounded like a lunch with my name on it sometime soon, with a side of flowering tea methinks.

8/64 Dixon Street

7 days, daytime

Stonestead at Te Marua

Stonestead is definitely worth the trip to Te Marua.  Especially on a nice day.

Devonshire teas in a peaceful tree and cottage setting out front, or more personal garden space out back.

There’s also indoor seating upstairs above the ‘kitchen’.


Kevin (owner/operator) makes all scones himself (date, raisin or cheese on the day we visited), and offers a choice of teas and jams to accompany.

The scones were very good, light but generous, and with beautiful home-made strawberry, apricot or blackberry jam and cream.

I couldn’t go past a date scone with blackberry jam, and Christmas Tea (might as well stretch Christmas as far as possible!).

Stonestead scone


The presentation is well done, with individual trays of matching Dudson fine china purchased in England by Kevin (40 sets in fact).

And all for $7.

If you have time to chat to Kevin, there’s a lovely back story about ballroom dancing and a trip to England as inspiration for starting the devonshire teas at his Te Marua property.

Stonestead tray

There’s also a quiltery next door for crafty inspiration before or after.

Usual days of operation are Thursday to Sunday.  Other group visits by arrangement.

I will definitely be back with others.

Just off the main road at Te Marua.

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