Delights & Deliciousness at High Tea

My parents had been helping me out. I love them. They stripped the old paint off my balcony (which took them forever) and gave it a fresh coat of paint. It’s now looking much more appealing and welcoming. I actually want to sit out there now. So I wanted to thank them. I could think of no better way to do this, than by taking them to Sir Stamford Circular Quay for high tea.

I booked us in for a Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm. I prepped Mum and Dad by telling them not to eat lunch. Mum wasn’t quite sure about this. Clearly, a high tea virgin! We took the train to Circular Quay and then a short five minute walk to the hotel.

It’s such a classy hotel, a bit old but opulent at the same time. We were taken to our seats and eagerly awaited the deliciousness to arrive.

First up, a glass of Moet & Chandon to start. I don’t drink Moet & Chandon that often, it may have something to do with the price, however this glass went down like a dream.

Then the goodies arrived. I had ordered Dad a gluten free high tea and I have to say, his was exceptional. He didn’t miss out on anything and of course, his belly was happy afterwards. Every treat that Mum and I had, Dad had an equivalent but gluten free. So great to see a hotel that caters for those following gluten free diets.

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

Now, where was I? Yes, that’s right, back to the food. Three tiers of absolute delights. The bottom tier was savoury with the famous Stamford curry puff, some pastries, sandwiches and tartlets. Next up, wonderful, sweet goodies such as macaroons, homemade chocolates, mousse cake, cheesecake and a little mango panacotta thingy. Really not quite sure of the correct technical name for that, but my O my, it was exquisite in taste.

The top tier was the freshly made scones with fresh jam and King Island cream. Oh, it was heaven on a plate.

Given it is high tea, you can order tea or coffee. Mum and Dad had cappuccinos whilst I had a peppermint tea (which I preceded to spill everywhere, you can’t take some people anywhere).

The room where you sit is quite grand, with large, comfortable chairs and an ambience of grandeur. If you are lucky enough to get a window seat (we didn’t), it is great to people watch from the comfort of your table.

I am happy to report we devoured every little bit of food. Always a sign of a great chef! We weren’t uncomfortably full either. Just content. Oh…and just in case you were wondering, Mum was very happy that she hadn’t eaten lunch. One to the daughter with that tip!

If you’re looking for something sweet to do, this is such a great option especially for the ladies in your life. So go on, treat them. You’ll win lots of “brownie” points!!

Have you been to High Tea? Where did you go?

Jen xoxo

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, I loved High Tea so much I wanted to share it with you and hope that you’ll have this experience too.

17 thoughts on “Delights & Deliciousness at High Tea

  1. Sally Dunn

    I have NEVER done a high tea and I REALLY want to go to one – one of these days! I used to work in a high end restaurant in Edinburgh that offered high tea in the afternoons – so in my experience, I have been on the wrong end of the high tea deal. I love reading anything regarding food so thanks for making me hungry at 10pm!!!!

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  2. Margaret

    I have neither done or heard of an high tea, but I must say that you painted a pretty picture, It sounds like something that i would love to do with my sister. Great post, you put me at the table right between you and Mum 🙂 Visiting from Blog Formatting ,

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    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks Margaret. It is a pretty picture. In fact, it’s amazing. It is a very grand thing to do. Well…made me feel grand anyway. Try to find one and take your sister. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Katrina

    Ooh, looks fab! (So does your blog by the way!!)

    I haven’t been to a high tea place, but we do have “high tea” at my mums for every extended family members birthday. It’s awesome, just to all get together.

    As Joselyn gets older I look forward to taking her to things like this 🙂

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    1. Jen Post author

      Oh…thanks Katrina! I have been working on the blog. Getting there. You would absolutely love high tea. So would Joselyn. Definitely do it and book in. So much girly fun.

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  4. Laney

    Looks lovely! So nice of you to take your parents. I just had high tea at Versace on the Gold Coast. A bit fancy for the likes of me, but fun all the same.

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  5. Rhonda

    Long ago I always felt high teas were for the rude, posh and snob. Until I moved to Oz and found it a ‘normal’, pleasant affair and have enjoyed every single one I’ve been to since. I guess where I’m originally from it’s a different culture and so people treat high teas as something more luxurious, like eating with the Queen, lol.

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  6. Rhonda

    I always felt high teas were for the rude, posh and snob. Until I moved to Oz and found it a ‘normal’, pleasant affair and have enjoyed every single one I’ve been to. I guess where I’m from it’s a different culture and so people treat high teas as something more luxurious, like eating with the Queen, lol.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Ha! Well i do feel posh when I’m having high tea. There also affordable so you treat yourself. Glad you have experienced the oz way.

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