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Published June 9th 2019
Be treated like a VIP at this excellent high tea
Partaking of high tea at NSW Parliament was once a privilege reserved for members of Parliament, visiting dignitaries, consul representatives and members of the Royal family. Today, it is open to you.
The New South Wales Parliament's Strangers Dining Room High Tea offers a chance for you to be treated like a VIP.
This high tea is in one of the oldest and most historic buildings in all of Sydney. The restored historic frontage on Macquarie Street dates back to 1816, when it was the northern wing of Governor Macquarie's 'Rum Hospital'.
To enter there is the slight inconvenience of going through security but a small price to pay indeed for such plush surroundings with views out over the Domain gardens.
And a glass of sparkling wine awaits you in any case. While the surroundings are elegant and restrained the high tea itself is bold and innovative.
Fresh gourmet creations are designed to showcase a wide variety of seasonal produce sourced throughout regional New South Wales. As the menu is seasonal it may be different than the one below but you will get the gist that the food is magical.
For savouries, there's baked black truffle and goats cheese tart topped with an artichoke salsa, smoked blini topped with cream cheese, capers and dill, BBQ baby corn with miso butter dipping sauce, mini Cornish pasties and freshly made chicken and celery finger sandwiches.
The date and nutmeg soda scones with whipped cream and homemade berry jam are a delight.
For the top layer its vanilla pannacotta and raspberry tartlets, homemade macaroons, mini lamingtons, chocolate cup filled with whipped coffee cream and caramelised banana topped with whipped cream and caramel popcorn. A scattering of edible flowers is the perfect finish to the three-tier offering.
To my surprise, NSW Parliament packages are far less than the rising prices in some of the larger hotels. It did cross my mind that perhaps foods is in some ways subsidised being a government body. If so you can take advantage of the following prices.
Sparkling High Tea
$56 per person with a glass of Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Sparkling
Sparkling Rosť High Tea
$60 per person with a glass of Peterson House Brut Rosť Sparkling
Group Packages also available.
High Tea is held every Friday in the Strangers' Restaurant from 12 pm to 3 pm. To book click here.
To complete the experience there are free walking tours that take in NSW Parliament. These are held Monday and Friday but if you book for a Friday it will complete your high tea day. To book these contact the Legislative Assembly on 02 92303444.
Where:Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost:Traditional Afternoon Tea $50 per person Sparkling High Tea $56 per person with a glass of Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Sparkling Sparkling Rosť High Tea $60 per person with a glass of Peterson House Brut Rosť Sparkling