What a Gem…

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 in Brunch, Cafe, Tourist | 0 comments

What a Gem…

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Having brunch with friends is one of those things that is so easy to work into always too short weekends.

This morning Java, Dino, Bean and I met for a semi reunion and birthday celebratory brunch on Canterbury’s Maling Road. If you haven’t ever been or heard of it – it’s a little like stepping back in time. But more on the road itself tomorrow.

For today it was all about Brunch. We had planned to try the Maling Room a beautiful looking cafe in the old picturesque post office. Reviews had been very mixed but it did seem far more blog worthy than some of the googleable alternatives that had been better rated. Fortunately fate stepped in and there was a ten to fifteen minute wait and they don’t take names. So slightly miffed we decided to head up the street and check out the alternatives.

Just across the road was a cafe called Ruby T’s and we decided to peer into the slightly outdated lace curtained window. Inside we found china, table cloths, lots of nannas and scrumptious looking breakfasts and cream teas. We were sold and filed in quickly. The cafe was mostly full but fortunately for us there were two tables for two that our welcoming owner, Pam, pushed together and rearranged the table cloth.


I love the way this place looked and felt. It was so nice to sit somewhere with table cloths, fresh flowers on each table and gourgeous nannery china. Yes, my inner nanna is most definitely present. We browsed the surprisingly broad menu and all selected the $10.50 Devonshire Tea with two scones, jam, cream and a pot of tea (or for Dino Coffee). The menu also contained a beautiful passage about Ruby T’s and the origins of the name.


Our meals didn’t take too long to arrive and they were kind enough to add a candle to Java’s scone so we could all sing happy birthday (I loved that some of the patrons joined in!).


These scones were AMAZING – fresh, warm, uniquely shaped (so we all managed to get three pieces from each) and warm with a sprinkling of icing sugar. The cream was real and the jam delicious. We were four very happy girls.

Our tea and coffee followed, all three of us tea drinkers selecting a perfectly brewed Earl Grey, and charmed by the beautiful china tea cups (I was thrilled that they gave me the pink one) and the chocolate sprinkle that came with each hot drink. Isn’t it funny how something so small adds so much to the experience.


We happily chatted and enjoyed our scones and tea (always tastes better in pretty china) as others around us had full cooked breakfasts or cakes from the generous refrigerated selection.


I was enchanted with Ruby T’s and struggle to imagine why I would go anywhere else on Maling Rd.

Afterwards we went for a stroll and browse then took Binks for a quick walk. A woman and her friend brunching at the Maling Room kindly gave Binks their bacon (happy puppy – its been well over a year since she has had any) as it was quite thick and looked unappealing to the human palate. Interestingly enough I noticed neither had really touched their meals so was again glad we had visited the charming Ruby T’s.

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