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Published January 13th 2015
Best afternoon tea in the Blue Mountains
My family decided to have an escape from Sydney to the gorgeous Blue Mountains. We stayed at the lovely Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort surrounded by four acres of beautiful gardens. By mid-afternoon, our hearty buffet breakfast was wearing off. We drove the short distance to Leura Mall in pursuit of a delicious afternoon tea. Our search ended at Café Madeleine, a cute eatery that has indoor and outdoor seating.
The other teen ordered the ice cream sundae piled high with swirls of cream. Underneath were scoops of ice cream thickly drizzled with chocolate and a dusting of cocoa. We were impressed and stunned with this amazing dessert.
Next order was the hot chocolate, standard size, for my husband. This drink arrived with a decorative swirl on top and marshmallows for dunking. He was looking forward to a Blue Mountains Devonshire tea. When the scones arrived, there were smiles all round. They were filled with cranberries and Belgian chocolate chips served with cream and jam. He was not disappointed.
Next it was my turn. Our mouths dropped to the floor when the waiter placed my order on the table. I had ordered the 'Hot Chocolate Supreme' with the lot. The hot chocolate was the size of a vase - you know, the ones you stick long pretty roses in. Except this 'vase' was loaded with chocolate, rich velvety cream, swirls of chocolate carefully and artistically placed on top so the mountain of cream doesn't overflow. Four marshmallows were included on the plate as was a long parfait spoon in order for me to twirl the chocolate around at the bottom of this tall receptacle.
This is definitely a place I will return to. We did manage to venture out later that night for dinner at the Alexandra Hotel in Leura and indulged in more delightful desserts but that time, we shared two desserts between four people.