Afternoon Tea At Martha's Pantry

Honestly, I crave for plain scones more than I crave for Filipino foods. In  London, I would regularly have cream tea at two of my favourite cafes, The Muffin Man in High Street Kensington and High Tea of Highgate. And so when I arrived in Wellington, one of the first things that I looked for was plain scones. Unfortunately, all I could find were savoury scones. I am not a fan of savouries you see. But at one point I became quite desperate for scones that I almost bought the spinach ones. I had to suppress my cravings and baked banana bread instead.  

And that is why it took me six months before I finally had an afternoon tea in Wellington. It was basically my birthday and I wanted to do something nice with my first ever friend in Wellington, and afternoon tea has always been on my mind. 

Originally, I wanted to go to Hippopotamus Restaurant at the Museum Hotel but unfortunately, they were closed for refurbishment. So we went to Martha's Pantry in Cuba Street instead.

We went on a Friday afternoon and the cafe was not busy at all. But still,  we were told that they only had two tables for two available. Luckily, I made a prior booking because guests started arriving after half an hour.

There are two entrances to the cafe, one on the side-street and the other one from the carpark. As we entered the cafe from the side-street entrance, we were greeted by very girlie merchandise. The pastel colours and the vintage feel of the restaurant instantly made me feel like it was going to be a wonderful afternoon tea experience in Wellington.

And I was right. The experience only got better when we were greeted by a male staff and directed us to our table. We were the only guests at that time so we had some opportunity to take photos.

I thought at first that the hats on the wall were only there for decoration. We later found out that customers can actually wear them if they want to. 

The table arrangement was simple but the vintage crockery and cutlery certainly made up for it.

Our tea came in vintage tea pots with hand knitted tea cosies. Really, really cute.

I am not very adventurous when it comes to my tea, so I went for Jasmine Princess (white blooming tea). 

Eirenne had the red vanilla raspberry Roobois Tea  which was delicious.

Then our food came on a three-tiered stand. 

And finally, plain scones.

The rest of the treats were good, too. I particularly enjoyed the lemon macaron.

I am not normally keen on sandwiches but I enjoyed the ones we had here.

And although our food came in bite sizes, we were greatly satisfied because at the end of it, we still had room for our favourite taro cake (which we had somewhere else).

Martha's Pantry was indeed a good second choice for my first ever afternoon tea in Wellington. I guess for me, $30 was worth the experience.
Martha's Pantry
Corner 276 Cuba St and Karo Drive
Wellington 6011

tintin x


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