Last weekend, me and a couple of girlfriends went to try out the Maddison Cottage Cafe and Gifts in Guildford, Perth. We have heard so much about their devonshire tea service that we had to book ourselves in to join in the hype. Actually it was my friend’s idea…and I should have known she was up to something…
We arrived there at 1:30pm on the hottest day of the month, it was around 44 degrees that day! I wasn’t really in the mood for a hot tea but in the end the tea was just the right temperature…warm enough to enjoy with our high tea. Although on top of the tea, the girls at the cafe kept refilling our water jug because we couldn’t stop drinking to keep ourselves hydrated.
A high tea sitting at Maddys Guildford (as it is fondly known) costs around $34 per person. It includes a 3 tier china platter filled with sandwiches, mini quiches, vol au vents, scones with jam and cream, and a choice of sweet delights. We had fruit tart, cherry ripe slice and vanilla buttercream cupcakes. And the grapes were a refreshing touch. The ladies actually prepare the high tea treats the night before, so it is nice and fresh. And everytime you go, it will be a different menu…they prepare the choices differently each time.
The teas they offer are from the T2 range, I chose the ‘Relax’ tea, it just had a nice ring to it!
It was a lovely catch up with the girls, but inside the quaint 1920s styled cottage it can get very hot! Even though they had arranged tall tower fans to blow at us, the air was too warm inside to cool us down and we couldn’t enjoy ourselves completely.
The food was absolutely delicious, I have never had a high tea with such buttery ‘melt-in-your mouth’ quiches and pastries. The sandwiches were very tasty and the scones were generous in size, fluffy and light. As for the butter cream cupcakes, they resembled those baked at home and were full of vanilla flavour!
It was so sad that we had chosen to go on such a hot day. But I’m sure this won’t be our last trip here, next time we’ll have to come during the cooler months! The shop is decorated with flowers, French shabby chic style furniture and walls and corners filled with feminine gifts and homewares for purchase. The cafe is small in size, but would make a perfect place for a small bridal shower, baby shower, hens party and more.
And, actually… before we were allowed to put a bite into our mouths my friend was acting a little strange and incognito, but she suddenly dropped the question on us “Will you be my bridesmaids?”. I was pleasently surprised! And I graciously accepted. The other bridesmaid is also a friend who I have known since we were six years old, so it will be amazing to stand next to these two women who have shaped me and my life, when it comes to the Bali wedding in April. They are more like sisters to me than friends. I can’t wait! Operation Bridesmaid bootcamp to start NOW!
Have you tried the high tea at Maddison’s Cottage? Where is your favourite place to enjoy High Tea ?