There’s a new addition to old Albany Village. In keeping with the history of this part of the North Shore, a magical little tea room has popped up in front of the library.
But this is no ordinary tea room. Dusky Rose Tea & Antiques is full of character; with antique furniture, a wide range of quality teas and even an old cash register. Owner Shizue Shimazu says: “We wanted to create a space for people to enjoy a cup of tea in china with nice sweets and treats. We were inspired to create a place with soft chairs, classical music, seating to relax in and read a book, or to catch up with a loved one. We wanted to create somewhere that we wanted to visit, that had character from days gone by.”
Shizue and her daughters have always loved Devonshire Tea. Youngest daughter Mio bakes their scones fresh each morning and, together with their homemade strawberry jam and fresh cream, they make for a delightful morning or afternoon tea. High Tea is a special feature and is perfect for a lovely bridal or baby shower.
Other delicious baking adds to the classic tearoom service not often experienced any more. Shizue’s other daughter Ai is studying and plays the harp, and music and jazz sessions are something they’d like to develop.
Dusky Rose Tea & Antiques, 5/231 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany Village 09 414 4237
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm