I’ve been wanting to visit The Tea Room in Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building for a while now so I was very excited when a friend wanted to celebrate her 30th birthday there with a girly high tea.
Located inside Sydney’s landmark Queen Victoria Building on George St, the Tea Room is a world away from the hussle and bussle of the shops below.
A private entrance via an old worldly cage elevator sets the scene and when you enter the large room it is like stepping back in time to the original facade of the building with intricate art deco ceilings, Royal Albert floral tea sets, and gaggles of women sipping tea or champagne and gossiping at the tables around ours.
Hint: Take the lift! Do NOT try the stairs unless you’re after three levels worth of exercise..
Our group of 7 decides to order an array of teas on the ‘tea menu’ so we can try a few. I choose the Vanilla which is a subtle and sweet tea, the smell is divine. Another decides on the Orange Pekoe and our birthday girl selects the Chai. She ends up the envy of the table when the aroma of the spice mixture fills the air.
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Foodwise, we are spoilt for choice. On the menu is the Traditional Afternoon Tea ($43 on weekends) which includes a set selection of finger sandwiches, delicious petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries and large scones with preserve and clotted cream.
Scones are funny, and each of us eats them differently. Cream then jam, jam then cream, no jam, no cream (blasphemy!). Admittedly, I may have a slight problem with my cream-to-jam ratio, but I’m not complaining ;)
They are delicious and remind some of us of our grandmothers baking them for us. We joke that the QVB has a stash of old ladies hidden in the kitchen pumping out the delicious 3-tiered delicacies including pistacho macarons, custard tarts and decadent chocolate coffee cakes.
Altogether we spend over two hours enjoying our tea and nibblies; we chat about life, work and everything in between. The QVB was great, and so far beats any other high tea experience I’ve had in Sydney so far. They even allow the birthday girl to take some leftover treats to share with her husband and family.