Don't be put off by the slightly loud, and busy downstairs area - high tea is held upstairs in the 'restaurant' and has a much more relaxed feel, with the ability to hear each other across the table.
We were seated at the rear of the restaurant with a stunning view of the harbour - a beautiful setting for fine dining and catching up with friends. The balcony doors were all opened up, so we enjoyed a light ocean breeze.
You have the choice of non-alcoholic, sparkling wine, or champagne, all varying in price - then there is a set high-tea menu. It's the perfect combination of traditional with a slight twist on the classics.
You're greeted with a large pot of your chosen tea, which will last you the entire sitting, plus your water glass is replenished by the welcoming staff, who are just the right level of attentive.
First on the menu is the classic British scone, and these did not disappoint, traditionally topped with clotted cream and homemade jam, they were light, fluffy and although you only got one per guest, they were huge!
Then you were met with three tiers of deliciousness - the bottom included two finger sandwiches, an egg salad and a beef aioli, both tasty and not too fancy - then a chicken and salad wrap, which wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but did the job. I felt that each morsel improved in quality and flavour as you travelled up the stand. The second tier was something a little different. You had an interesting looking avocado cup, packed with flavour, then a croissant with prosciutto and cheese - delicious, and finally a slice off spinach frittata… By this point, you will be loosening your top button and preparing for my favourite - the sweets. It doesn't look like a lot, but you'll certainly be full afterwards! The third tier consisted of a coffee cream profiterole, a raspberry coloured and jam filled macaroon and a zesty, but sweet lemon tart, with a scrumptious biscuit base.
All in all, the location, atmosphere, staff and food made for a perfect relaxed birthday party, it would be a wonderful location to spoil your mum, or any special occasion for that matter. Just beware, there was a big group of us, and we were only able to split the bill two ways, so keep cash to hand. Book your high tea at The Breakwater today!