West Australian barista Ellen Taylor, from Shingle Inn Belmont Form, has been chosen as the national café chain’s best barista after she made her four best espressos, four best flat whites and her Signature Drinks for a panel of coffee judges at the finals held last week in Brisbane.

Ellen, who is from Belmont, won last year’s ‘Rising Star’ barista award in the same competition and the judges were thrilled to see her back with increased passion and enthusiasm.

Judges said it was Ellen’s signature drink that helped her take out the competition.

Her unique creation was called “Spice Up Your Ice” and was a sparkling creation of chili infused espresso, house made orange syrup, chilled soda water and a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream, garnished with a slice of orange peel. Ellen says it is enjoyed first by sipping and then swirling in the icecream.

“On a good day, without the crushing pressure of expert judges intensely watching, tasting and judging my barista skills, the ideal coffees I produce are well textured from fresh milk, the espresso pour closely monitored, and the art fun. Honestly I find that when I’m having a great day, and I’m enjoying making coffee, that’s when the flavour and appearance are best,” Ellen said.

Her favourite coffee to drink is a latte and her favourite coffee to make for customers is a flat white.




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.”


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!

Two New Shingle Inn cafes open

Shingle Inn has today added two new stores to the growing network of cafes. Franchisees Angela, Gary and Dave opened their first Shingle Inn cafe at Westfield Innaloo, while our Westfield Carindale (lower ground) franchisee, Chochi, opened her second Shingle Inn cafe on level one of the newly opened development at Westfield Garden City. Our wonderful teams have been busy serving delicious coffee, decadent cakes and fantastic meals and look forward to welcoming you to the cafe soon!

Now open in Wollongong Central

Shingle Inn is now open at Wollongong Central! The cafe is Shingle Inn’s first in Wollongong, and it has been warmly received by locals with a taste for mouth-watering meals, decadent cake and delicious coffee!

We are looking for a franchise partner for this site. If you’ve been dreaming of becoming a cafe entrepreneur, visit our Franchising section for more information.

Logan Hyperdome – we’re moving!

Shingle Inn Logan Hyperdome is relocating to an exciting new store. From Wednesday 20 August, find us at the Big W end of the Centre, in our beautiful new location.

Shingle Inn Hyperdome will now be a licensed venue, so you can enjoy a glass of bubbles with your Shingle Inn High Tea!

New Cafes Now Open!

Our newest Shingle Inn is now open at 267 Given Terrace, Paddington! This beautiful store is located within a stunning heritage-listed cottage. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or a coffee and slice of cake with us daily.

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Cafe Franchise Heads West

Brisbane-based cafe franchise, Shingle Inn, is heading west with plans to have four stores launched in Western Australian by December, according to co-Director Andrew Bellchambers.

The company’s first West Australian store was opened prior to Christmas last year at Belmont Forum with locations at Innaloo, Ocean Keys and Cockburn Gateway also on the agenda.

“We believe the West Australian market is well suited to our brand,” says Mr Bellchambers.  “Our business was built on an ethos of hard work, passion and personality as well as family and tradition which are all inherent traits of West Australians.”

“It’s evident in the way customers have embraced our first store at Belmont Forum as well as how hard our franchisees Vic and Chris have worked to enjoy early success as café owners.”

Vic Terpkos, together with his wife, Anne, joined forces with their daughter and son-in-law Kerrie and Chris Patten to join the Shingle Inn cafe franchise as the thirty-ninth store in the network which until then had been located entirely on the eastern seaboard.

“We’re very excited to be Shingle Inn’s first West Australian franchisees,” says Mr Terpkos.

“We were looking for something new and exciting to bring to the people of WA and found the perfect combination of culture, values and beliefs in Shingle Inn.  The history and tradition of Shingle Inn together with the ‘wow’ factor of store design, products and team training helps us to create a unique community café experience for our Belmont Forum customers.”

Mr Bellchambers anticipates that Western Australia will be the biggest growth area in 2014 for the family franchise that first opened its doors in 1936 and began franchising in 2009.

“Although we’re expecting to open more stores in Australia’s Eastern states this year, I believe Western Australia provides our biggest growth opportunity which is very exciting,” says Mr Bellchambers.