Tired of the same old High Tea?
Noodlies, Sydney food blog checks out a High Tea with a fashionable difference.
For Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, life in the 17th century could get pesky. Back then, the main evening meal was served fashionably late at around eight o’clock. By late afternoon, the poor Duchess would complain of “having that sinking feeling“. The solution was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir. It quickly developed into a habit and she began to invite other ladies to join her. It became a formal event and the ladies dressed up accordingly. And so, High Tea came to being, or so the story goes.
Traditional afternoon tea consisted of a selection of sandwiches, yes, including thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream, as well as cakes and pastries. These dainty deliciousness were washed down with tea grown in India or Ceylon.
Not much has changed over the years. This deliciously elegant tradition lives on in many fine hotels.
That is, until now…
In August, Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park introduced a cheeky tribute to an age old tradition – Fashion High Tea at their beautifully appointed The Gallery Tea Lounge. Served on an elegant three-tier silver stand, this colourful Fashion High Tea features a range of handmade sweet delicacies from the Hotel’s pastry kitchen such as fragrant lemon cheese cupcakes, truffle chocolate high heels, strawberry cream roulade hand bags and hatted berry cakes. More traditional elements decorate the lower tiers including home-made scones with jam, butter and cream as well as savoury sandwhich favourites such as smoked salmon and cucumber, egg mayonnaise and chives, smoked chicken, dijon and corn, and mini croissants with ham and cheese.
Sheraton on the Park’s Fashion High Tea is great for a novel, fun experience. There’s just nothing like it in Sydney. Fashion High Tea is $89 for two including tea or coffee. If you want some bubbles with that it’s $109 for two glasses of Moet Chandon.
There’s also Sheraton on the Park’s Afternoon Tea Buffet for $49 per person if you really want to experience everything from the sweet and savoury sections. Though be warned, the top tier of the Fashion High Tea aren’t available at the buffet.
Despite two seatings on weekends, High Tea at The Gallery Tea Lounge is often booked out – so make sure you book before rocking up. While the Afternoon Tea Buffet is uber-tempting, Fashion High Tea makes for a unique experience. Make sure to post pics to instagram – it won’t be long before your friends tell you they’re green with envy.
It’s just fabulous darling, just fabulous!
Fashion High Tea
The Gallery Tea Lounge
Lobby Level, Sheraton on the Park
161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9286 6000
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