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Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to High Tea in Paris, a pretty little tea room located in a central position off Main street in Mornington for a 'Mummy and Me High Tea'.
Naturally being a mummy and me high tea I was accompanied by my mother and two of my children ( recommended ages for children are 5 - 15 years).
We booked in for a 10:30 sitting on a Saturday morning and we were lucky enough to secure the last table. On arrival we were warmly greeted by Michelle who is the owner/creator and two of her lovely staff members who ensured we were well taken care of throughout the duration of our high tea.
The decor is very feminine and pretty with a splash of pink wallpaper on one wall with the others being white. A black french inspired mirror reflects the chandelier and black counter with jars of biscuits and treats lining the shiny surface. A mixed array of chairs including the 'pink princess chair' are placed around various sized tables atop of polished concrete floors. The tea room is small and light filled as it sits on a corner position with full glass windows.
On the tables are little vases with beautiful fresh roses, nice cutlery and pretty plates along with a drinks menu that has all the usual suspects as well as an interesting mocktail list. I chose the Paris Blush mocktail with pink grapefruit and lime bubbles, which was sweet and sour at the same time but a really nice combination, whilst the children chose the pink lemonade spider with raspberry lemonade, ice cream and cream with little candy hearts on top. Others included the Alice in Wonderland, Shirley Temple and French kiss.
Not long after our drinks came out we were presented with a three tier stand filled with goodies that made all of us sit up and admire the presentation and the amount of food on offer. The bottom tier had sausage rolls, quiche lorraine and mixed sandwiches whilst the second tier had scones, jam and cream and the most exciting was to be found at the top of the creation with some of the prettiest cakes and sweets I've seen.
The sweets included a beautifully moist velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The combination of these flavors worked perfectly together. Just as nice were the chocolate brownies and although I don't usually like brownies these were a taste sensation. Also on the top tier were white chocolate hearts with strawberry praline, melting moments, and a tart with strawberry slices on top.
The overall standout agreed upon by all us were the fluffy scones with home made raspberry jam and chantilly cream (cream with vanilla bean paste mixed through). Although I didn't eat the cream, the scones and jam were delicious and in fact the jam tasted the same as the jam I make at home with freshly picked berries from my parents farm (Yum!).
Michelle explains that all of the food is cooked fresh on the premises which is fantastic because they know all of the ingredients that go into their food so allergy sufferers can also be catered for if they are advised of allergies in advance.
Mummy and Me high teas are a great addition to High Tea in Paris. The idea behind it comes from Michelle, who is also a mother and wanting to introduce children to high tea with their parents/ grandparents with a menu that is enjoyable for everyone.
Mummy and Me high teas are every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 - 11:45. Cost is $25pp including a drink of your choice. Bookings are essential as the weekends are usually booked out.
During the school holidays they put on a spectacular themed high tea with the theme taken from the movie 'Frozen'. Prices were a reasonable $22pp and are set to stay the same for the following holidays.
If however you don't have children there are are plenty of other options available including tea for two, grand high tea, petite high tea or just coffee and cake or tea and scones. You can find all of the options listed here along with high tea & hot springs packages, catering options, baby showers and so on.