Chinese New Year is coming and I am really looking forward to it! Unfortunately I no longer receive red envelopes containing money as I did as a child in Hong Kong, but I enjoy any chance to celebrate festivities! You can imagine my excitement when hearing that a Chinese New Year themed high tea created by the lovely and extremely talented pastry chef Anna Polyviou would be featuring at Shangri La in Sydney this year.
I was really chuffed to hear that Boronia House (now re-named Boronia Tea Room) now serves high tea. Previously it was exclusively used for wedding receptions only, but the staff have cleverly come up with a new way to get some use out of the House during the day. I used to drive past it quite frequently, as it’s on the main road (Military Road) in Mosman and used to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ about how pretty it was. I even thought about having my wedding reception there for a time, but it was slightly too small for what I was after. Now that they serve high tea during the day however, I have another reason to visit and enjoy this gorgeous house and its surrounds.
Boronia Tea Room was also featured in this year’s Crave Sydney International Food Festival as the High Tea destination for October, which included a glass of Brown Brother’s bubbly with their usual high tea menu – so if you’re interested in a visit, I’d recommend booking yourself in for Oct! When I saw a Groupon for high tea here, it wasn’t long before I was tapping in my Paypal password and the voucher all was miiine!
We were lucky to have a lovely Sunday afternoon weather – perfect high tea weather to get all dressed up in girly outfits!
Three tiers of high tea happiness.
Mushrooms with labne cheese, crumbed topping – SO GOOD!! one of my faves of the day. The crispy crunchy topping went so well with the creamy cheese and the flavoursome mushroom. Mmm yum!
Sandwiches – chicken and walnut/apple. Tasty fillings but the bread was a tad dry. The waiter called these little ‘pacmans’ – very cute name!
Salmon tartlettes with caviar.
Super adorable mini ham and cheese croissants.
Moving up to the second tier to the traditional scones – here they had lemonade scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam. Loved the cute little jam jars!
Now the final tier of treats! I loved the array of sweets they had here – and they were all very different to the usual sweets I was used to at high tea.
Cherry florentines with dark chocolate, almond biscotti with strawberry mousse, green apple jelly, brandy snaps & biscuits with mango slices. Yummo!
High Tea Menu @ $45 per person (12 bites per person)
- A selection of ribbon sandwiches (on white and wholemeal bread)
- Sophisticated savoury bites
- Lemonade Scones with clotted cream and jam
- Delightful desserts and cakes
This also includes a huge selection of delicious teas (I would list them here but there’s simply too many! Check out their website here for more info on this). I wanted to order ALL of them but I went with my fave, soy chai. Hehe. Can’t go past that cinnamon goodness! If you are so inclined, you can also order coffee instead of tea.
Boronia Tea Room also offer a Devonshire Tea @ $25 per person which includes:
- Lemonade Scones with clotted cream and jam
- Two delightful dessert bites
- served with T2 tea or coffee
This is a great option for high tea lovers on a budget!
All in all, I really enjoyed the high tea at Boronia House. We had a lovely view of the gardens and the inside of the house was quite beautiful. As it was originally fitted out for wedding receptions, it really had the perfect classy vibe for high tea.
The high tea stand was filled with plenty of different and delicious treats that I don’t normally see at high tea, which was a nice change. The waiter also informed me that they change their menu quite frequently so you never really know what you’re going to get, except that it’s probably going to be quite good 🙂
They also offer gluten-free options, which is a plus for coeliac high tea lovers! The day we attended, there were plenty of kids and families piling into the place so it was definitely family friendly – and a great idea, in my opinion, to catch up with your family with some scones and tea! I should really do that more often! Cake, tea and catching up with my grandma? Yes, please!
The high tea was excellent value with the Groupon voucher but I think $45 is well within the norm for high tea prices, so I wouldn’t mind returning the next time I get the high tea urge 😀 There was also plenty of nearby free street parking, so it was fairly easy to drive to – another bonus. Although this could be difficult depending on the day/time that you visit. My fave high tea place for parking will always be the Captain’s High Tea in North Ryde which boasts its own free carpark – can’t get better than that, sorry!
Props to Boronia Tea Room team for finding new ways to make some money during the day and in off-peak wedding season too! Great idea.
You can check out Boronia Tea Room’s website by clicking here. Good news for all you blushing brides out there – they still do weddings! Check out their packages and more info by clicking here.
They are also currently hosting a Melbourne Cup Lunch @ $135 per person which gets you a Gourmet Seafood and Dessert buffet (created by hatted chef Hayden Ellerton), a glass of Moet & Chandon bubbly, live jazz music and bar food / drinks. The day will also include sweep stakes, lucky door prizes and best dressed prizes. Sounds like a fun day filled with yummy food and a great opportunity to dress to the nines!
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!