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