Stonestead Devonshire Tea was one of Upper Hutt’s best kept secrets. Giant baked-to-order scones, chunky home made jam and tea in an old barn with the charm and style of times gone by.
The High Tea Honeys were regular visitors to Stonestead, nestled amongst the trees on Plateau Rd in Te Marua. Naturally, I was curious when I heard that it was going to be under new ownership. Will it still have that old-world charm? Is the offering going to shift away from the things that made it such a nostalgic and loved experience?
Is it still going to be a destination loved by the High Tea Honeys?
I am delighted to say that Stonestead Devonshire Tea, now known as Home Harvest Cafe delivers everything I loved about Stonestead and more.
The front of the barn has been freshened up, and the cafe’s beautiful french doors let natural light flood the space.
Upon entering, my eyes were instantly drawn to the small but full cabinet laden with scones, cakes and slices. In particular, an amazing pink and white hundreds and thousands layer cake took pride of place on a cake pedestal at the top of the cabinet.
The space itself has been transformed – modernised, but not so much that it lacks character. The mismatched furniture, floral upholstery, fine china, festoon lights and buckets of peonies and greenery maintain a rustic appeal.
I was pleased that Devonshire Tea is served in the same crockery as before – with your own pot of loose leaf T Leaf tea, a tiny milk jug, dish of jam and cream and a warm scone. I do miss the scones being baked to order – I didn’t mind waiting 15 minutes to be served a scone fresh out of the oven.
It was lovely to meet the family behind Home Harvest Cafe. The transformation has been a labour of love and I wish them every success.
I will be back, with the High Tea Honeys in tow for afternoon tea soon.
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