Our History

Martha's Pantry, affectionately known as Martha's, opened in 2007 by sisters Anita and Ondine McLeod.

Several years later Martha's famous High Tea is considered a Wellington institution.  Martha's Pantryis often cited as one of the top spots in Wellington hospitality due to our attention to detail, style and service - a must to cross off your Capital bucket list. The McLeod girls now have plenty of help from a team of charming hospitality professionals and skilled craft bakers.  Martha's Pantry vintage tea room resides in a beautifully restored heritage building at the top of Cuba Street.  This building was bought by Martha and John Moran in 1920, where they ran a drapery business and lived upstairs.  Martha was famously hospitable and a superb cook. The building was marked for demolition in the 1960s  to make way for the motorway bypass which now cuts across Cuba Street.  Martha and John's grand-daughter Sandra Moran, a young lawyer at that time, opposed the roading authority, a mission which took some 25 years to resolve.  The McLeod sisters created " Arthur's On Cuba" a masculine bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering a retro menu specialising in hearty, wholesome, homely New Zealand cuisine.

Our Services

At Martha's Pantry we are so much more than just a Vintage Tea House!  We offer :

  • Martha's High Tea - View Information & Session Times
  • Private Functions specialising in Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers & Engagement Parties
  • Catering - Corporate or Private
  • Custom Made Cakes & Treats
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Gift Shop

Please contact us to book a function or enquire about Martha's Pantry products and services... we would love to help!

 

Gift Shop

Martha's Pantry has a fabulous range of giftwares for purchase in store.  Items include :

  • Decoupage Boxes
  • English Bone China Tea Sets (cup, saucer, luncheon plate)
  • English Bone China Milk Jug & Sugar Bowl sets
  • Hand Knitted Tea Cosies
  • Cupcake Soaps
  • Aprons for Adults & Children
  • Tea Towels
  • Gift Boxes & Cards
  • Recipe Book Stands
  • Books
  • Flower Fairies
  • Paper Doll Sets
  • Glitter Mugs
  • Traditional Children's Games
  • Swivel Money Boxes
  • Flower Fairy Dinner Sets for Children
  • Junior Chef Baking Sets
  • Cake Decorating Sets
  • Paper Baking Cups
  • Harney & Sons "Paris" - loose leaf and sachet tea

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Nice Things People Say

"If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you." - William Gladstone, former British Prime Minister