On Saturday I headed to the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney city for high tea with my friend Sharon. It had been a while since we'd caught up, so I was really looking forward to it. It was also my first visit to The Tea Room so needless to say I was pretty excited!
While waiting for Sharon I take in the room in all its glory. It is a lot bigger than I had imagined from the name 'The Tea Room'.. it is more like a ballroom - a sweeping room with high, ornate ceilings. It's no surprise that it is a popular wedding venue - it is stunning.
The afternoon sunlight is streaming through the windows but in an unoccupied, darker corner of the room I spot a teacup caught in the light. It was calling me, "Please! Take my picture!"
The tables are decked with crip white linen and set with silverware and fine Royal Albert china. If it weren't for the modern day attire of the patrons, one would be forgiven for feeling transported back in time.
Sharon joins me at the table and we order our tea. We choose the Orange Pekoe and Vanilla tea and they arrive shortly after in beautiful polished pots.
We opt for the Traditional High Tea is $41 per head and while chatting and sipping on tea (oh so ladylike), our high tea stand arrives. Three tiers of wonderful sweets and savouries.
As always, I'm tempted to start on the upper tier, but I talk myself into having savouries first. Gosh - my mother would be proud! :P Here are some closeups of our food.
Macarons, strawberry tartlets and orange and poppy seed mini-muffins
Fruit tartlets, chocolate & coffee opera slice and passionfruit melting moments
Cheese and sprinach pastries and the scones. Monstrous in size, but a good texture and delicious with the made-from-scratch strawberry jam and cream.
Assorted sandwiches and cheese & polenta tartlets
I could definitely get used to this high tea business.. it's a wonderful way to catch up with friends. Give me high tea over drinks any day!
This high tea is worth checking out. There are a number of high tea options including afternoon tea with sparkling wine or champagne. There is also an entirely gluten-free afternoon tea!
The Tea Room QVB
Level 3, North end, QVB
455 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9283 7279