Fancy a tipple at Lady Lamington, Fortitude Valley?
Queensland, French and family history have all played a role in shaping the delightfully sweet new cafe-bar-dining hall Lady Lamington in Fortitude Valley.
Owner Jaye Ellam was so inspired by the story of the eighth Governor of Queensland’s wife Lady Lamington – including her contribution to Queensland’s medical scene by establishing the first women’s hospital – that she decided to dedicate her fish bowl of a venue to reviving this historical figure’s legacy.
As Lady Lamington employed a French chef at Old Government House, a spot of French history sneaks into the Brunswick Street mix, with old-world European touches on the menu and in the antique chandelier and mirrors. The bar top, a pretty, scalloped creation, is made from reclaimed beams from Bundaberg Rum, and the bar stools are upholstered in comfy beach towelling, highlighting the resort-style service and vibe at Lady Lamington.
Pink and orange Veuve Clicquot packaging decorates the bar front – a dedication to another strong historical woman Madame Clicquot Ponsardin, who single-handedly made the famous champagne a success. Meal times are broken into Act One, Two and Three, with Jaye’s family corn fritters recipe served with smashed avocado, creme fraiche and smoked salmon tantalising tastebuds at breakfast time. The sweet girly theme is continued in Jaye’s breakfast of choice – coco pops with Baileys and vanilla cream – and the delicate saucers upon which your locally roasted Black Sheep coffee is placed. The cocktail of the moment is the High Tea Time – gin, lemon, passionfruit, aperol, peche, and pink grapefruit, served in a teapot, of course.
Take your teapot up to the dreamy rooftop courtyard for a casual sunset tipple.
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