Photog, foodie, travel enthusiast and curious observer who has recently moved to Adelaide.
Published June 26th 2016
High Tea in the QVB
We enter into a grandiose ballroom and it is like stepping back into a time gone by. Chandeliers shimmer like a thousand stars, illuminating the ornate ceilings, table and chairs dance across the space, and with decorative carpet underfoot we are lead, by an impeccably dressed Maitre D, to our table.
We sit by the window and take in our surroundings. They are elegant and stately, reminiscent of the Victorian era. Our table is dressed in a white table cloth, silverware and Royal Albert fine bone china. Tea always tastes better in fine bone china! The high tea service is explained to us and we are left to ponder our decision. There are 35 plus teas to choose from. Quite the selection! We decide on the Traditional Afternoon High Tea accompanied by Jasmine Gold to drink. Our tea arrives in elegant Stirling silver tea ware, hot and steaming, and it is quickly followed by a three tiered caddy filled with luxurious and decadent treats - petit fours, sandwiches, scones and tarts.
Whilst it may seem a little pricey at $45 per head for the Traditional Afternoon Tea, we were not disappointed and we certainly did not leave hungry. We had a two hour sitting, where we were able to enjoy the delicate morsels unhurried high above the hustle and bustle of Market Street and the QVB.
There were people of all ages there - couples, groups, young and old - all there to enjoy the ambience and experience the QVB Tea Room.
The Tea Room High Tea Service is from Monday to Sunday. Prices begin at $35pp and go up to $65pp. Service is done in sittings and starts from 10am. They can cater to dietary requirements and also offer restaurant meals, if high tea is not for you.