60 Seconds with Maudie Mac's Travelling Tea House / by Kian West


One of the greatest pleasures of working at Newcastle Mirage is the people you meet and hear their story as part of highlighting the fantastic cultural underbelly of Newcastle. One of these amazing people is Maria, a wonderful lady with the most incredible of Travelling Tea Houses. Having more than a decade experience running Bed & Breakfast and High Teas in Newcastle, one day a spark ignited within Maria that she wanted more, or rather, a different adventure. Maria wanted something of a unique offering extending from her long-lived passion for High Tea but delivering to a new community of people.



10169264_1469133123322607_7171400423510238342_nSo Maria, tell us where the name Maudie Mac’s comes from?- Maudie was my grandmother’s Name “Maudie McCristal” hence Maudie Mac she was an incredible cook.

For those that haven’t experienced a High Tea before, what is involved? -My High Tea’s are a little different we start with Mini savouries —- finger sandwiches —petite cakes and tarts .and then a few surprises on the way . served with loose leaf tea or plunger coffee.

What do you love most about your job? —-Well for starters its not a job cause I am doing something I really love and when a guest can thank you for making them feel special its a good feeling.

Who should book an event with Maudie Mac?—- Really anyone who wants that something special .and Maudie does love to show herself off.

Maria, you seem to like working with Novocastrian businesses, we notice your website and design materials like logo have been created by Pocket Design, is there a special reason for this?—Yes I believe in Newcastle and we have a lot of good talent here .like Brett Piva from Pocket Design who did the painting and logo and my web design and business cards were done by Anna Read & Stephen Babic from Missing Mouse another Newcastle small business

Where can people find Maudie Mac’s in Newcastle next?—-The Hunt & Gather markets in Pacific Park on the 19th of July and then Maudie will be at the Sacred Tree Markets in Branxton on July 20th.