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Published March 1st 2015
An everyday high tea
I get the impression that Berkley's on Ann don't do many high teas. Sure, it's on the menu, and we booked ahead, but as the only two people in the dining room for our high tea, we had the place to ourselves. It seems this is an unknown little treat tucked away in the city.
Don't let this dissuade you, however, as there was a delicious ham, cheese and tomato sandwich situation, which was tasty and fresh.
small savoury snackie
Now, the mark of a great high tea is a selection of high quality teas, often some boutique flavours mixed with the firm favourites, like Earl Grey or English Breakfast (see Sofitel Hotel High Tea review).
My sister and I were surprised to find our tea arrived in the form of tea bags. Tea bags that we could get at Coles. Bit disappointing, considering it's a high tea and we tend to think of them as a bit of an occasion, rather than just the same old cuppa you can make yourself to get through the afternoon at work.
The bubbly was super top notch upon arrival. Not too sweet, or too dry, or 'brutish' as my friend says; it was effervescent and cold. The service was pleasant, and the view was pretty, looking out onto the bustling CBD street.
The best part was value for money at Berkley's. We were full to the brim, and couldn't finish all the sweetie treaties. This high tea is recommended for a day when you're keen for a nice afternoon tea with a mate rather than a full on, dress up, and pretend to be posh kind of affair.
Rating: Atmosphere/location: 3 (lounge bar of a pub feel with the scent of post mix in the carpet, but there was a lovely view) Tea: 1 (Tea bags = Displeased)