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High Tea at the Little Darling Diner

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Published July 11th 2013
The best high tea in Sydney?
Not so long ago, we went to Little Darling Diner in Balmain. My mother had never had High Tea before and with her love for cream teas I decided it was high time she sampled one in its most luxuriant form. The 'diner' was incredibly 'darling', with its wallpapered walls and brown leather armchairs. Since it was a lovely sunny afternoon, we were offered a table outside in the courtyard. The waiter brought us chilled champagne and carafes of water (which were constantly refilled).

Tiers of joy
High Tea
Where to start? You have to try them all...


When the High Tea arrived, there were gasps of delight all around- the top tier was filled with macarons, the tier below an array of sweet treats; lemon meringue pies, passionfruit and lemon curd, chocolate and cappuccino tarts, date and coffee cakes; the bottom tier was occupied by sandwiches (with the crusts cut off) and well filled wraps. All the food was incredibly fresh- the waiter told us they bake all their pastries and breads in store, and much of the fruit and vegetables is local produce as well. I started with the bottom tier, my mother with the top. On this occasion, I could scarcely blame her. Our tea arrived in a little clear pot- and along with it a silver plate of giant scones (with even more giant dollops of cream and jam).

Scones with jam and cream
A pot of Earl Grey...


Usually the scones occupy one of the three tiers on the High Tea platter, but at Little Darling Diner they are even more generous, offering two tiers of sweets and cakes (which we were very glad about). The waiters were also extremely helpful and attentive, constantly refilling glasses and stopping to chat in French.

So if you want to pleasantly while away an afternoon lazing in the sun with champagne, tea and scrumptious cakes, while practising your foreign language skills- definitely book a High Tea at Little Darling Diner. The quintessential English High Tea with a French twist is quite possibly the best in Sydney.
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Why? High Tea's all the craze in Sydney. And you can pretend you're in a Jane Austen novel for an afternoon ...
When: Open 7am-4pm for Breakfast and Lunch
Phone: (02) 9810 5255
Where: 485a Darling Street, Balmain
Cost: $37 pp (includes champagne)
Your Comment
How much cream is that!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11953) 1863 days ago
Little Darling Diner is such a gorgeous place (with the world's best chicken sandwich, I say). Thank you for the advice of the morning tea. I'll be trying that, for sure!
by gigin0 (score: 1|15) 1861 days ago
Sounds....del ish.
by Di Verse (score: 1|68) 1861 days ago
Thank u for sharing! Will definitely visit there sometime: ) how much is the high tea per person? I couldnt find it in the menu....
by sonya (score: 0|2) 1854 days ago
Going there tomorrow.
by lkers (score: 0|2) 1058 days ago
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