Jul 5, 2011

High Tea at The Observatory Hotel

Last weekend my girlfriends and I went to The Observatory Hotel for a spot of high tea! Unfortunately as I had been housesitting I did not have my DSLR camera with me – but fear not, Hipstamatic was at hand!

Our day started off with some awkward Kawaii-style posing on the way to the Observatory.

Photo by Avanti

As our high tea was in celebration of Deb’s birthday we selected the champagne high tea ($69 per person on Saturday-Sunday and Public Holidays). Out came a glass of Duval-LeRoy. Oh my was it delicious!

Next our tea arrived – after studying the extensive tea list I finally settle on the Masala Chai tea. It was deliciously aromatic and warming. I think I ended up drinking 4 cups!

Out came the tier of cakes, scones and sweets and any initial worries of leaving hungry were quickly alleviated! On the top tier we had plain and fruit scones, simply divine when slathered with the jam and cream provided. The next level was the sweets – a mini cupcake, chocolate mousse, opera cake, fruit tart, creme brulee and cheesecake. The bottom layer consisted of tasty sandwiches including ham and cheese, egg, salmon and cucumber along with 3 quiches (the pastry on those was to die for).

I explained to the waitress my allergy to almonds upon arrival and expected to just be advised of what sweets not to eat. But instead I was pleasantly surprised by receiving my own dessert tasting plate! This won a huge amount of brownie points for me, the pastry chef had even made me a few additional treats.

My plate – a mini cupcake, pineapple macerated in liqueur and mint, chocolate mousse, berry granita, creme brulee and a marshmallow

The sweets were delicious – especially the chocolate mousse and creme brulee (although it unfortunately lacked the hard and crunchy top which I just love to crack through!) My 2 extras I received were the pineapple piece in liqueur and berry granita – both delicious and refreshing and a welcome reprieve from the sweet and heavy food that was weighing me down.

Completely stuffed and about to fall asleep in our seats, we thought it best we go on a long walk! The view of the Harbour Bridge from Observatory Hill is stunning on a crisp Winter’s day.

After a few hours of wandering through the markets at The Rocks we began to head home as the temperature began to drop, arriving back at the car just as the sun was setting. Beautiful!

It was a lovely day and I can’t wait to go back to The Observatory Hotel for another high tea and maybe a sleep over :) It was well worth the price and is a great way to indulge or treat yourself to a girly day out.

High Tea details are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 2.30pm to 5pm
Saturdays: 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm.


Classic Afternoon Tea
Monday-Friday $49 per person
Saturday-Sunday and Public Holidays $59 per person

Champagne Afternoon Tea
Monday-Friday $59 per person
Saturday-Sunday and Public Holidays $69 per person

Or go to www.observatoryhotel.com.au for more information.


  • love places that are super lovely and accommodating with food allergies! mmm now i want scones

    • Me too! I was so impressed with their service. Oh god I could so go some scones now as well…..mmmm

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