For this week’s Write Stuff blog hop, the topic is High Tea.
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I spent several lovely hours yesterday imbibing champagne and sipping the finest Darjeeling tea, nibbling on the most divine array of comestibles, beautifully served on vintage-style china, and chatting with the Gorgeous Girls at the Victoria Room Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney. What was I doing? High tea, of course.
I do relish the opportunity to get a little bit frocked up, sport a fetching cocktail hat and while away a few hours eating, drinking and laughing, so how could I pass up the opportunity to attend the now traditional Annual Ladies High Tea?
My circle of girlfriends whom I’ve met through Boyo’s school career have been dubbed the Gorgeous Girls by me. Some of the Gorgeous Girls have daughters in Year 5 this year, and the annual Ladies High Tea tradition started way back when these daughters were in preschool. Along the years, the guest list has ebbed and flowed, as these things do. I have attended three lovely Annual Ladies High Tea events now.
I’ve attended High Tea at the Westin Hotel, Sydney, where we had a delightful little chocolate box of a room and were seated on banquette sofas in front of an open fire, with a Mad Hatter theme. The next High Tea event was held at the elegant Observatory Hotel in Galileo restaurant.
This year, I helped the lovely Linda (of Jai Ho! Linda’s Bollywood Extravaganza fame) organise the event. I selected The Victoria Room Tea Salon chiefly for its location, being perfectly placed in the CBD and a short bus trip away, not to mention smack bang in the middle of the Mecca of city shopping, Westfield Sydney. Gorgeous Girls don’t mind a spot of shopping!
The menu offers three High Tea options – Classic, Sparkling (with a glass of sparkling wine) and Couture (with a glass of Moet). All include classic ribbon sandwiches – roast beef, smoked salmon, chicken and cucumber, as well as a delightful selection of dainties, like a chocolate mousse cup, pistachio cheesecake and rhubarb tart. Each guest was invited to choose a selection from the Top 10 scone list, which included such treats as Lavender, Rose, Pumpkin & Ginger, Lemon Pistachio & Currant and White Chocolate & Cranberry to name a few. The other choice was to choose your tea from an extensive list. Vegetarians are catered for (if your event planner remembers to request this in advance – oops, sorry!) and there is also a gluten free option.
I plumped for the Sparkling High Tea with Darjeeling tea and a Rose scone. The scone was delicately flavoured with rosewater and decorated with dried rose petals, which hid the most delicious mouthful of melted turkish delight.
The decor of the Victoria Room Tea Salon is pretty, sparkly, girly and surrounded by a charming white picket fence. The ambience is whimsical, ladylike and enchanting. You almost forget that you are in fact in the middle of a shopping mall!
I would highly recommend The Victoria Room Tea Salon as a lovely spot for a bit of indulgent girly time.