Queen Victoria Building is arguably the most iconic historical building in Sydney CBD. The elaborate Romanesque sandstone building is filled with glorious stained glass windows and intricate architectural design. The finer details such as the arches, floor tiles and original staircase has all been beautifully restored. Inside, it accommodates six levels of upmarket boutiques that will delight all shoppers.
My friend and I decided to indulge a relaxing high tea after a good retail therapy and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.
The QVB Tea Room is located on the very top floor and it offers traditional English afternoon tea. It is highly recommended to reserve a table prior, as the Tea Room's High Tea experience is very popular.
Take the original antique cage elevator located on the north end to reach the Tea Room's private entrance. From this point on, you will feel like you are taking a step back in time
If you have never been to the Tea Room, you will be stunned with the ambiance and interior decorations. The Tea Room is located inside of a grand ballroom and it is tastefully decorated with Baccarat crystal chandeliers to accentuate the beautiful Victorian high ornate ceilings.
The tables are covered with white linen, the plush armchairs look comfortable and the stunning floral arrangements are strategically placed around the ballroom to beautify the whole High Tea experience. The overall atmosphere is refined with an old era charm.
We opted for the Traditional Afternoon Tea at $45.00 per person which included a set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream. Add $5, you can get a glass of sparkling wine.
Tea Room uses authentic British silverware and classic Royal Albert chinaware and these are fashionably old-class.
The Tea Room offers an array of freshly brewed teas and coffees. I selected the Heaven & Earth Herbal Infusions, which was a delicate blend of tart Sencha, Strawberry and Kiwi Fruit. It was truly heavenly. I sighed with happiness with this cup of tea in my hand.
My friend selected the luxurious Earl Grey. It was complemented with milk and it tasted hearty and aromatic.
I wouldn't say that every item of food was great but together with good friends, it was worth it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the high tea experience and happily nibbled away on the miniature delicacies and drank many pots of tea. The service was friendly enough but perhaps it was a busy afternoon, it was slightly difficult to get the staff's attention.