My discovery of this New Plymouth gem was borne out of my annual trip to the WOMAD festival. We happened to be staying a couple of streets away, and its shabby chic decor and packed tables caught my eye. I didn’t have time to stop in until I was on my way out of town. It was a humid, rainy morning and the place was filled with all kinds of people – tourists, First Class cricketers and families. Their convivial tones bounced around inside (a little too much for my liking but call me sensitive) and the queue was almost out the door – they were obviously doing something right. Perhaps it was the nostalgic icons splashed brightly over the walls, or the cabinet full of classic Kiwi favourites – just look at them!
Given our need to hit the road, we opted to take away. It was well worth the lengthy wait! The generously sized cheese scone survived the drive back to Auckland (hidden in the glovebox away from hungry predators) and tasted as cheesy, oniony and fluffy as it looked:
I’d also bought the ginger crunch for good measure and that was also delicious. The cornflakes in the base added a crunch of a different kind too! The Federal Store is definitely worth a visit if you’re in New Plymouth. I would have taken a few more treats home if the glovebox were any bigger!
The Federal Store
440 Devon St East, New Plymouth
Ph: 06 757 8147
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