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Published March 29th 2015
Fabulous High Tea Dining Experience
The traffic along Military Road heading towards Mosman was bumper to bumper. It was just before lunchtime and we couldn't understand why there were so many cars on one road and it wasn't peak hour. At least the four of us in one car could catch up on each others' busy lives and look forward with excitement for a very special dining experience.
This was our girls 'break out' occasion, our special time together and enjoy what the next three hours may offer. The staff were friendly and welcoming as we were shown through the gorgeous rooms, past a large white decorative tea pot sitting front and centre on an ornate table in the drawing room. The interior of this heritage listed site was very appealing.
The Boronia Tea Room (formerly Boronia House) was originally built as residences for John and James Kearey in 1885. Mosman Council bought Boronia House in 1952 and it was modified to accommodate Mosman Municipal Library. In 1978 Boronia House was used as offices as well as an art gallery. A beautifully restored Victorian mansion, it now offers High Teas, events and functions seven days a week.
One of the functions that the Boronia Tea Room hosts is the 'Pop Up Wedding' on Fridays each week. They offer couples a professionally designed marriage ceremony conducted by a celebrant. The Boronia Tea Room advertises this service as a fraction of the cost of a normal wedding.
One of my friends ordered Scoopon vouchers for the Sparkling High Tea which is regularly $57 per person. We had the privilege of paying $25 for a voucher. The six of us, who are High Tea aficionados, agreed that this was one of the best High Teas we had indulged in.
The ribbon sandwiches were absolutely delicious. One of my companions does not like seafood but after tasting the salmon sandwich, a huge smile erupted over her face. The chicken sandwich and egg sandwich were so appetising, there were nods all round.
The petit chocolate tarts were exquisite, the macarons delicious, and the creamy chocolate mousse was melt-in-the-mouth. To complete this High Tea were the requisite scones with jam and cream. These scones were not ordinary in flavour or texture – they were superb lemonade scones and the cream that I piled high on my scone was double cream.
As well as these indulgences, we were treated to a selection of T2 teas in colourful cups and saucers. On our table, we each had a different coloured tea set. There was a sense of time-honoured elegance drinking from these tea sets yet also a touch of quirkiness as we surveyed the spread of colour along the white linen table covering. This was no Mad Hatters Tea Party. This was a superb High Tea Party which we all raved about.
The High Tea was special not only for the exquisite food. Nor was it the colourful cups and saucers that set this establishment apart from others. Nor the feeling of being the Lady of the House for a brief moment of escapism. All these elements combined made us feel special and yes, indulged. I felt transported to another era where extravagance, good manners and conforming were acceptable in 19th century high society.