Description: Born in the midst of the Great Depression, Shingle Inn is more than just a business; it’s a fascinating part of Australia’s, and more specifically Brisbane’s, local history with a unique story to share.
In the Autumn of 1936 David Webster and Sons built the original Shingle Inn on Edward Street in Brisbane as part of their large chain of cafés, with a vision for Shingle Inn to be an elegant English style teahouse and restaurant – one that would be renowned for its quality products and keen sense of style. Shingle Inn quickly developed an enviable reputation with locals, and the venue became a busy landmark, with queues to buy the famous cakes regularly stretching out the door and around the corner. In the early 1970s, Shingle Inn was facing abandonment, but in 1975 the Bellchambers family, who continue to operate Shingle Inn, took ownership.
Many years later, on a cool winter’s night in Edward Street, Brisbane on August 3 2002, Shingle Inn closed its doors to the city that