I have high tea on the brain at the moment. Prior to this visit to the Stamford Grand, I had only been to high tea once before, at the QVB Tea Rooms and that was well over a year ago. But lately, for no particular reason at all; I can’t seem to get my mind off high tea. The gorgeous little pastries and cakes! The lovely setting! Getting a good chance to feel all fancy, girly and chat with some girlfriends – what could be more appealing to a lady? 😉
Luckily for me, there are many choices out there for those wanting to attend a high tea – and thank goodness for Sydney food bloggers helping to make decisions so much easier by giving me a couple of reviews to choose from!
Since this visit to high tea, I have also purchased an online groupon to visit Boronia House in Mosman for High Tea and I’m rather excited to meet up with some Sydney food bloggers at the #RealTeaParty quite soon organised by LoveSwah. Thusly bringing my end total of high tea visits up to a grand total of 4! 🙂
Since my work colleagues and I work in the North West of Sydney, the Stamford Grand at North Ryde was a great choice for us – very close, has free parking and as a bonus is a little cheaper ($30 per person Monday-Friday or $35 on the weekend) than some other high tea establishments at the city which normally start at around $40 a head.
A tray stacked with goodies to share between two lovely ladies (or gentlemen, or both!)
Two freshly baked scones each – one raisin and one plain.
Served with prettily piped whipped King Island double cream and traditional homemade strawberry jam
These were lovely and warm and yummy with the jam and cream – scones are always one of my favorite parts of high tea 🙂
Second plate of sweets – with lemon curd tarts, chocolate strawberry cups, gateau opera (chocolate pastry with layers of almond biscuit, chocolate ganache and coffee butter cream) and passionfruit cheesecake (a light passionfruit fruit cream cheese with vanilla sponge)
Super cute lemon curd tart – sweet pastry filled with almond and lemon cream, topped with a toasted meringue
Loved this pretty little chocolate cup filled with diced strawberries and topped with vanilla whipped cream
Finger sandwiches shared between two. Smoked salmon and dill sour cream, cucumber and cream cheese, coronation chicken (with raisins and curried mayo), eggs and chives.
Spiced potato wedges served with sweet chilli and sour cream
(separately ordered side dish) $8.00
Tea selections available with Captain’s High Tea
The Original Earl Grey
Pure Chamomile Flowers
Ceylon Young Hyson Green Tea
Pure Peppermint Leaves
Coffee selections available with Captain’s High Tea
if you’re not in a tea drinking mood!
*please note the above espresso coffees are available at an additional charge of $2.50 per order
Stamford Grand offer a gluten free version of their Captain’s High Tea at no extra charge. They also offer a selection of sparkling wine and champagne if you’re interested in fancying your High Tea up that extra notch. There is also a small range of savoury options you can order on the side if you’re feeling a little bit peckish for some savoury treats (includes dishes such as wedges, duck spring rolls, satay sticks, curry puffs and calamari).
All in all I had a great time at the Captain’s High Tea and will definitely return some time in the future. Good value for money, with a good selection of sweet treats, decent service and big points for the free parking lot (which makes getting there a total breeze!) I communicated with one of the staff members in regards to my booking via email and they were very prompt and extremely helpful in their replies – another big plus.
The only thing I feel they could have improved on was probably the ambience/decor – we were served the high tea in more of a restaurant/cafe style setting – which was totally fine, but probably less high tea themed than I normally imagine. I do so love stepping into the QVB Tea Rooms and others where you’re served in just the most stunning rooms!
Hope you all had a lovely relaxing weekend filled with delicious things 🙂
Here’s to another week ahead – the countdown to next weekend beginneth yet again!