Only one year separates the beginning of two iconic and much loved brands – with 1935 marking the year Monopoly sold its first commercial version and 1936 the year when Shingle Inn opened its first café in

So it is fitting that in Shingle Inn’s 80th anniversary year that its original store, now situated in City Hall, is one of the locations to be featured on Brisbane Monopoly – with all locations announced earlier today.

In April this year Brisbane residents were invited to suggest to suggest Brisbane properties via the Brisbane Monopoly Facebook page and Shingle Inn’s loyal customer base were quick to respond with multiple votes.

Owners of the Shingle Inn, the Bellchambers family, say they are honoured to be featured on the Brisbane edition of the world’s most popular board game.
“Shingle Inn is thrilled to be part of a board game that embodies the key landmarks of Brisbane,” Andrew Bellchambers said.

Andrew’s brother Peter Bellchambers explained further: “Shingle Inn has been a part of the city’s heritage and growth for 80 years. With generations of families sharing traditions within our café, and developing lifelong memories as a result, the brand, like Monopoly, has created a special place in the hearts and minds of residents and visitors alike.”



When Christine Haworth’s mobile received a phone signal while she was holidaying in outback Qld and she saw a two word text from her friend – she couldn’t believe her eyes.

“YOU WON” her good friend Michelle Dodds texted her after attending the Qld draw on Christine’s behalf and receiving the winning ticket in Shingle Inn’s recent $10,000 giveaway promotion.

Christine, who lives in Nerum between Woodford and Mt Mee, entered the competition after purchasing a hot beverage and cold drink while visiting Shingle Inn Sunshine Plaza recently.

The $10,000 winning draw was held simultaneously around the country, with all 80 finalists (or someone there in their behalf) receiving one of Shingle Inn’s decadent, famous patty cakes. Each patty cake had a ticket in it– with one being the winning ticket.

Luckily for Christine, Michelle chose chocolate – and won the $10,000 for her friend.

Christine is planning to give Michelle some of her winnings, as well as her favourite charity.

But that’s after she treats herself and her husband to a helicopter ride over Carnarvon Gorge – the 160-million-year-old natural wonder and one of Queensland’s most iconic Parks.

Shingle Inn is Qld’s oldest and most iconic cafe, celebrating 80 years in 2016 since the cafe first opened its doors on Edward Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

Born in the Autumn of 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, Shingle Inn is more than just a business; it is a fascinating part of Australia’s, and more specifically Brisbane’s, local history.

From the humble beginnings of one store that stood alone for 66 years, the Shingle Inn is now a franchise network of more than 53 cafes throughout Australia.

Shingle Inn Sunshine Plaza Supports Daniel’s Day

The team at Shingle Inn Sunshine Plaza have this year got behind the annual Day for Daniel campaign; swapping a cup of coffee or pot of tea for each donation (over $5) they receive on 30 October.

Shingle Inn Franchisee and Mum Annette Kirby said the entire team were eager to raise awareness for child safety, as they all live and work in close proximity to where the tragic abduction of Daniel Morcombe took place in December 2003.

“My own daughter, Chenise, was just a few years younger than Daniel when the abduction happened. I remember feeling horrified, knowing it could have very easily been her,” Ms Kirby recalls.

“Chenise is now a confident young woman of 21, who works alongside me as a Supervisor at the café. She is engaged to get married, and has a full and happy social life. Daniel would have also been a young man in his early 20s today, had the abduction not happened. However, he will never have the opportunities and life experiences of Chenise and their peers.”

As Daniel was on his way to purchase Christmas presents at Sunshine Plaza, the Shingle Inn Sunshine Plaza team want to acknowledge and pay tribute to his life, whilst raising funds and awareness for the Day for Daniel Foundation.

“The Foundation does an excellent job nationally in educating both children and adults about keeping kids safe through child safety and protection initiatives. It aims to help empower our children to Recognise, React and Report if they feel something is not right,” Ms Kirby said.

Ms Kirby, Chenise and the team invite local residents and guests from afar to join them for lunch or morning/afternoon tea this Friday 30 October. Shingle Inn has pledged to gift a free cup of coffee or pot of tea to anyone who donates $5 or more on the day.

Grand Plaza Cafe Awarded Most Progressive in National Network

A popular café in Grand Plaza shopping centre, Shingle Inn Grand Plaza, has just been named Franchisee of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The announcement was made at the prestigious Gala Dinner of the Shingle Inn Annual Franchisee Conference, held this year on Moreton Island. Representatives of the network’s 51 stores from across the country were present to discover new company initiatives and business motivation during multiple presentations made over three days.

Since franchisees Peter and Patsy Reddy opened the café in August 2011, it has become a popular meeting place for local friends and family members to connect among the café’s ambient décor.

“We had originally chosen Shingle Inn for its heritage and rich brand culture. Having won the Franchisee of the Award for consecutive two years, we feel like we are truly part of Shingle Inn’s history now,” Mr Reddy said.

“We are delighted to continue to welcome customers who are thrilled to discover many popular favourites from their childhood still on the menu, such as the original recipe for the famous decadent waffles, butter cakes and patty cakes, all made in Shingle Inn’s central bakery.”

Shingle Inn Grand Plaza was also one of a handful of stores to be awarded Platinum Club Status. This was awarded to only a handful of stores who are setting the benchmark across the network, by achieving and exceeding in systems and processes that has made Shingle Inn popular with generations of customers.

Mr Reddy said it was clear to him that the coffee industry in Australia is evolving and getting more competitive, as customers become more educated about quality coffee, which is made by a properly trained and professional Barista. Shingle Inn is very focused on ensuring baristas have the highest standard of ongoing training, to ensure they won’t be left behind in the industry, he said.

According to co-Director, Andrew Bellchambers, Shingle Inn Grand Plaza are extremely worthy recipients of the prestigious and coveted 2015 Franchisee of the Year Award.

“Peter and Patsy have always been enthusiastic in taking on new methods in technology and customer service. They also have the knack of selecting a fantastically talented and motivated team, and this combination generates the expected sales output.”

“It is also exciting to see our passionate Baristas constantly experimenting, and then sharing their knowledge, passion and commitment as part of the coffee industry with other Shingle Inn team members around the country via a specialised social media channel, which in turn helps the industry thrive and evolve.”

Mr Bellchambers said the future of Australia’s coffee industry relies on café owners, roasters, trainers and baristas to be educated and aware of new standards through quality training and being involved in the Australian coffee community.

“The Annual Franchisee of the Year Award reflects Shingle Inn Grand Plaza’s commitment to contributing to the entire coffee industry, whilst also consistently providing world-class, memorable service to customers. We all congratulate them on this impressive achievement.”


Heritage Café Welcomed in Strathpine, QLD

Strathpine residents will now be able to celebrate traditional Brisbane café history brought to life, through a café that was established and loved well before ‘coffee culture’ became trendy.

New franchisees Carrie and Ling Yang opened their doors just in time for local Strathpine residents searching for excellent coffee as the days cool down.

Ms Yang first discovered the Shingle Inn culture and quality when she joined the Shingle Inn team at the North Lakes café.

It was while she was employed here as a Supervisor that she began to appreciate Shingle Inn’s rich heritage as one of Brisbane’s most established cafes, with its roots amidst a backdrop of the Great Depression in Brisbane, nearly 80 years ago.

Ms Yang felt was so endeared to the charm of the café that she decided to acquire and manage her own Shingle Inn, providing excellent coffee and warm service to local residents of Strathpine.

“Shingle Inn’s family values were really appealing to me, because I feel supported while I am taking such a large step forward in my career to manage and own a business for the first time,” she said.

Shingle Inn café has recently opened its milestone 50th café in Perth CBD, just a month before the Strathpine venue, taking the Shingle Inn heritage and values right across Australia.

Shingle Inn was originally opened on Edward Street, Brisbane, in the Autumn of 1936. Since December 2009, Shingle Inn has expanded to 50 stores across Australia, which included the high profile re-opening of the original store within Brisbane’s City Hall, as well as stores in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Western Australia.

Now into its 79 year history, the café has only been owned by two families. The current custodian, the Bellchambers family, has owned it for 40 years.


Maroons picBrisbane’s Shingle Inn cafés are almost as iconic as the fiercely fought State of Origin series, and this year Shingle Inn will be celebrating the “decider” set to be determined on home soil at Suncorp Stadium.

Unbeknown to many footy fans, Queensland and New South Wales (the sport’s two major states) have in fact been playing representative matches against each other since the 1908 establishment of rugby league in Australia. These games have continued into the “state of origin” era as we know it, which began in the 1980s.

As Shingle Inn was originally opened on Edward Street, Brisbane, in the Autumn of 1936, this means that Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams had already been challenging each other to matches for quite some years by the time the first patty cake was sold.

It‘s therefore no surprise that Shingle Inn would incorporate another great Brisbane tradition into its culture, by producing seasonal State of Origin biscuits to celebrate the annual best-of-three Australian rugby league football series between two state representative sides, New South Wales “The Blues and Queensland “The Maroons.

Shingle Inn Area Manager Megan Riek has been actively involved for many State of Origin series, made even more exciting by the unique and delicious biscuits sold in Shingle Inn cafés across Queensland at this time of year.

“We introduced the little football player-dressed cookies back in 2002 to great success. Not only are they delicious, they’re detailed right down to their jersey number, and around the Origin series, they are typically purchased en mass for State of Origin parties and good old workplace rivalry,” she said.

“It is to be expected that the maroons coloured biscuits sell out faster, but we know there are some wayward blues supporters in our midst, so there is always demand for the blues biscuits too.”



The State of Origin biscuits can be purchased at all Shingle Inn stores across QLD up until State of Origin and are priced at $3.90


Kids High Tea 2013 NSW ACT

Spoil your little ones with a Shingle Inn Kids High Tea,

and you’ll receive a complimentary coffee or tea to enjoy,

it’s our treat to you these school holidays.

We’re open late this Christmas

The busy festive season is well and truly upon us! To help you prepare for the holidays stress-free, Shingle Inn will be opening for extended hours in the coming weeks. Whether you’re stopping to pick up a pudding or treats for your table, grabbing last minute gifts, or simply stopping to enjoy a relaxing pre-shopping meal, we’ll be ready to welcome you.

To view our opening ours, please click below:

Queensland Hours

New South Wales & ACT Hours

Victorian Hours

Western Australian Hours


Christmas has arrived!

Have you seen the decadent new Christmas range at Shingle Inn? Our festive fare has arrived in store, with our traditional favourites joined by some tasty new treats. Be sure to visit your nearest store and treat yourself to a Shingle Inn Christmas delight!

Three Great New Shingle Inn stores!

Now you’re even closer to your favourite cafe! Shingle Inn is now open at Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre and Ocean Keys Shopping Centre in Perth, as well as in a beautiful new location on Level 3 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. We are thrilled to welcome our new franchisees to the Shingle Inn family, and they are looking forward to welcoming you to their new cafes!