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High Tea in Wellington

Gotta tell you about this fab place I went to last week.

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Martha’s Pantry is a fantastic little cafe at the end of Cuba St in Wellington, that serves high tea in the most perfect way.

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Fancy looking china teapots with cute knitted tea cosies. Tea strainers … because the best tea is made with loose leaves.

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This was the best cup (or 10) of green tea that I’ve ever had. I’m not generally a tea drinker … a good strong coffee is more my thing but this was high tea and coffee doesn’t come in tea pots … and it was good tea.

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And there was food … lots of food. Our high tea experience started out as an early morning tea but it did me for lunch and afternoon tea too … good value really … and they even offered to pack up the stuff we didn’t eat in a box for us to take away. (No we didn’t take them up on that option.)

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And then, if that wasn’t enough there was lots of very cool handcrafted things for sale. A few minutes of studying these shelves filled me with all sorts of inspiration to make stuff … crocheted flowers on hairclips, funky little pencil cases and bags, flower brooches made with ribbon and fabric and other such scrapbooking supplies. Oh and the aprons were very, very cool … just like the ladies were wearing behind the counter … only cleaner. So a perfect little housewife apron is also on my list of possible sewing projects … should I ever stop scrapping long enough to work through the list.

Do you think it would be wrong if I went and had high tea every week?

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19 Responses

  1. how elegant! Certainly could be nothing wrong with doing that regularly 😉

  2. it all looks very delicious!

  3. oohh beverley it looks wonderful. We have a place just like that here in Napier. I take my mum there every time she comes to visit. We love it. The girls request to go there for special occasions !!

  4. oh wow… no I don’t think its wrong at all to have it weekly. Is it wrong to book a flight from AKL to Welly for the day just for high tea?

  5. I think its a done deal – if only for some crafty inspiration!! Very nice.

  6. Oh boy, another reason to visit Wellington. It looks amazing, there is a very cool old fashioned “tea-rooms” in the historical area of Oamaru that I love…bit far to drive for a cuppa though LOL

  7. Next time I am in Wellington the 2 of us MUST go to this place! Okay? 🙂

  8. Oh that’s awesome! 🙂 wish we had something like that up here.

  9. Wrong no. Costly, yes! Life is way too short not to enjoy such indulgences – you go girl!

  10. Looks so good Bev, – I think I could be very tempted to make it a regular occurance also. Your photos of it are gorgeous.

  11. Almost a must really … what about once a month?????LOL

  12. Gosh that looks wonderful, love the tiered rack they have used!! So wish someone would have something like that here!!!

  13. Nope – definitely not wrong at all … laughed out loud at your comment on the aprons … I was admiring the fabric on the apron that your ‘server’ of your high tea was wearing. Lots of gorgeous wee nik naks on the shelves.

  14. And here was I thinking I knew all the cool places in Wellington – what fun!

  15. Wow! I just happened by your blog looking for information and photos of high tea. I love this post. What a fabulous experience you had given to yourself to have tea!

  16. […] post on high tea was spot on with what I imagine high tea […]

  17. […] fancy high tea with a silver milk jug and sugar bowl … quite a contrast to the more ‘homey’ Martha’s High Tea which has more of a vintage fancy […]

  18. Does Martha’s Pantry have a website or any way of getting prices for High Tea?

    • As far as I know they don’t have a web site and it has been quite some time since I wrote this blog post so things may have changed a little. It’s probably best to give them a call on 04-385 7228 … I’m sure they’d be able to give you the details you need.

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