My afternoon at The Rose Garden Tea House was a nostalgic one. My memory of tea gardens and nurseries goes back to my childhood. Many Saturday afternoons were spent at Sherwood Garden Centre with my mom, her friends and their children, eating cake and drinking chocolate milkshakes, trying to spot the koi fish in the pond, feeding ostriches, chickens and emus, and running along cobblestone paths flanked by rows of flowers. And while I swopped the cake and milkshake for a flat white and a scone, it was wonderful to be transported to the good old days of youth for just a few moments.
The Rose Garden Tea House is a beautiful white building with seating inside and outside on the veranda. There is a children’s playground outside where the kids can play while mom and dad enjoy a cup of tea. Before you arrive at the tea house, there is a lovely nursery, where you’ll find a variety of succulents, flowers and other greenery under shade cloth and inside the nursery. Rows of plants line the gravel paths, and while I don’t have green fingers or a love for gardening, I could easily spend hours perusing the aisles of leafs, petals and prickly cacti. But before I could think of admiring the flowers, I needed something to quench my thirst and something to fill my grumbling tummy. And what’s an afternoon at a tea garden without a lovely, homemade scone?
I had a flat white and a Rose Garden traditional scone, which comes with strawberry jam and fresh cream, or cheddar cheese and strawberry jam (R34). I’m quite fussy when it comes to scones, and my scone wasn’t as fresh as I would have liked it to be. That being said, I will definitely be returning to try the Savoury Scone (R36), for which the tea garden is known. My flat white was good, but this was not surprising as they serve Masterton coffee, which is good coffee. You’ll also find a selection of homemade cakes on the menu, as well as breakfast, brunch and lunch options.
I found that the service was a bit slow, so I’d recommend The Rose Garden if you’re looking for a quiet place to catch up with an old friend, or if it’s the weekend and you’re prepared to sit back, relax and wait a bit for your coffee and cake.
After my afternoon treat, I took a stroll around the garden and the nursery, and I took a few pictures of all the colourful flowers in bloom. They have a beautiful range of succulents, so if you like succulents, this is a great place to get some really lovely ones. `
If you’re looking for a spot for afternnoon tea and cake, I’d definitely recommend The Rose Garden Tea House.