Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks


Ah, to live like a lady. Afternoon tea, anyone?

Set in a restored historic building built almost 140 years ago, The Tea Room is a popular venue for weddings. So, don't expect making a booking for the weekend to be an easy task. One has to call weeks in advance, three to be exact in our case, to secure a table. Especially if you wish to enjoy the water views on the balcony.

Patience will be handsomely rewarded though. Pillowy scones with crisp crust and served with jam and clotted cream. Finger sandwiches with delicious egg, chicken and tuna fillings. Dainty glazed fruit tarts. Freshly baked spinach pastries. Tomato filo pastry cups. All presented on a traditional three-tiered stand.

Then there's the tea. The most brain intensive task during the meal is to select one from their four-page tea menu. Black, flavoured black, white, green, flavoured green, herbal infusions. Or perhaps one of eight for "connoiseurs". Ordering coffee at Starbucks seems infinitely easier.

My preference is black, but perhaps that is because it is served in Royal Albert's Old Country Roses china ;) And is it just me or does having English afternoon tea with green tea not seem right whatsoever?

THE TEA ROOM
Gunners’ Barrack
End of Suakin Drive,
Georges Heights NSW 2088
Afternoon tea starts at $40 per person, 15% surcharge on public holidays.

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2 comment(s):

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 20, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

I adore the scones that they make at the QVB tea roms which I think are the same ones as the ones here. I'd love to know the recipe for them although I kind of doubt they would give them out! :P

foodwink January 20, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

Hi Lorraine - I've been to both and I think the scones are the same.

Let me know when you manage to find the tea room's recipe. I've made some using Gary's from Masterchef. They are just not as good. Even after factoring in my scone-making skills :)

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