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Published October 7th 2017
A Gem not to be missed
Attending a high tea is always a pleasure, as I find it so visually pleasing and it always satisfies my sweet tooth! Some establishments are far better than others and The Watermark Restaurant is one of the better ones. It is little known "gem" and privately owned, which our waitress, Demi explained.
Front entrance to restaurant
Situated in a luxurious hotel on the banks of the stunning Swan River, the whole place is outstanding, and like no other I have seen in Perth - it is more like an Italian castle with marble walls, shiny marble looking floors, and all in the most delightful setting - in fact, I would say it is in one of the best tranquil spots in Perth.
Some of the more unusual, exquisite items
It is situated right on the meandering icon waterway, the Swan River, and it was a fabulous place to be on the day we went there.
Fabulous views and gardens
It was a lovely spring day and although there was no table service outside on the huge deck, inside it was also lovely, and we had a table overlooking the exquisite gardens and River.
I cannot say enough about this grand hotel which I would term as "opulent", and it is hard to believe that I had never heard of it before!
One of the entries to the hotel rooms
The International on the Water Hotel is tucked away on the end of a quiet street and we went there on a "special" offered by an online company, making the high tea a lot cheaper than the ordinary price of $55 for two people, including two glasses of champagne.
Front entrance to the complex
It is surrounded by riverside parklands and walkways, with plenty of outside parking, and a huge reception area.
Beautiful grounds overlooking the River
I was pleased it was high tea as it meant I did not have to agonise about making a decision on what to eat - this is mostly a problem for me, and I tend to hold up the lunches, as I have such a dreadful time deciding!
First of all, Demi brought us the quaintest serviette, with a serviette ring (that in itself is unusual nowadays), and then the most beautiful English cup and saucer which I did not get to use as I drink coffee and not tea.
Serviette and dainty cup and saucer
We waited in anticipation as we could see someone else having the same meal, and from a distance, it looked stunning. It arrived not long after and it was stunning. Set on a high set of plates, there were three different sections with two of each of everything.
Beautifully presented high tea
The bottom plate had the savoury foods and these were:
Pieces of sausage roll
Two triple deck finger sandwiches piled high with filling
A square pastry with a cream cheese filling
The savoury part of high tea
The sausage rolls (which I don't usually eat!) were just a few mouthfuls, and very "melt in your mouth", soft and moist. The sandwiches had a decent amount of filling being ham, chicken, cheese and condiments and these were delightfully presented in two different types of bread. The square pastry was unusual and delicious and presentation could not be faulted.
Then we went to the middle layer which consisted of the sweet things:
A pastry with a mint type of cream with strawberry
Small chocolate mousse with cream
Two macarons each
What can I say! These four were all absolutely delicious, and serving sizes were ideal and not too large.
The middle layer of high tea!
I normally do not eat macarons, however, I tasted these and they were not sickly sweet. The chocolate mousse was very rich and served in a cute tiny cup, topped with a dash of cream. The pastry was filled with a type of cream cheesecake with a mint flavour and an unusual chocolate pastry case. The profiteroles were filled with a not too sweet filling and were also not a large serve. And lastly, on the top layer were the scones with jam and cream!
Delicious mini scones
These were displayed beautifully - simple, yet elegant and enticing. The scones were small, but there were two for each of us, and once again, they were delightful, and the high tea also included tea or coffee.
1 Epsom Avenue, Ascot
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