New Golden Plate Listing in 2022
FIRST judges report in 2022
It was a bitterly cold afternoon when we made our way into Maldon Rose Café in the main street of this attractive country town.. The warmth of welcome and brightness of an unapologetically feminine space contrasted nicely against the grey wintery day. We settled into plush upholstered chairs and snuggled under thoughtfully provided throws to contemplate the menu. Maldon Rose has a hyper feminised interior design theme coupling florals with candy pink. Furniture is a mixture of upholstered cream-coloured armchairs and artfully distressed tables and chairs. Throws and cushions enhance the feelings of comfort and warmth.
Our hosts were prompt, friendly and informative, describing items on offer, explaining where the tea came from and how it was prepared. The menu was comfortingly familiar -, we were in a patisserie after all. Among other things colourful Petit fours, precise finger sandwiches, Cornish pasties, fluffy scones, jam with Chantilly cream along with bowls of steaming potato and leek soup passed in a constant stream from the kitchen. The café was full, exclamations of delight when presented with tasty morsels punctuated conversation. Accommodation for dining during the warmer months has been allowed for. Tables and chairs are arranged at the front of the Cafe under the verandah – a lovely spot to watch the world go by and at the back of the building in an enclosed garden. Food and beverages were presented beautifully on vintage plates and in exquisite China cups with the elegant high tea aesthetic. I loved the idea that some of the tea sets were heirlooms. The tea was proudly imported from Harney & Sons Teas in New York. We also sampled the Earl Grey and English Fog tea. The former was predictable and the latter unexpected. The appearance was indeed foggy. The Earl Grey was flavoured with the mild sweet taste of vanilla, served with scattering of lavender flowers. It was strangely delicious. Sipped slowly, it improved as the flavours infused. As the café promoted the idea of high tea, we chose to focus on sampling tea options but the coffees served have a good reputation.
Maldon Rose provided an enjoyable dining experience and as good value for money. My total bill (for one person) was under $20.00
Street Address: 6 Main Street, Maldon
- Venue Category: Bakery or Patisserie
- Cuisine: excellent coffees, house baked, scones, cakes, pies and savoury dishes (Gluten free and vegetarian available) and excellent coffee and teas
- Trading days and hours:
- Fridays to Sundays: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
- Mondays to Thursdays: CLOSED
- Cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard
- Street Parking
- Head Chef: Kimberlei McLure
- FOH Manager: Grace Langdown-Marsden
- Parking: Street Parking