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Published March 29th 2013
The best High Tea in Australia
'A lesson in decadence' is the thought that comes to mind when I think of enjoying a leisurely High Tea at Tea and Niceties in beautiful Mount Tamborine.
The swish little venue provides a setting fit for a princess complete with pink chiffon- like material tied around the back of the chairs and fastened with a delicate rose. Our table is decked out with silver cutlery, shining silver sugar bowls and delicate crockery as ancient and as beautiful as you can imagine. No cheap imitations here thank you very much. It is all carefully sourced to get pre-loved originals of the highest quality. The arched high double curve of my tea cup may well have served royalty in its past.
The Tea Menu is extensive and provides a selection of new and sensational fresh teas. You don't have to be a tea person to appreciate the range of tea available here. The place is full of women of course, but my friend and I have dragged along our husbands for the pleasure. They may have come kicking and screaming, but as the three tiered silver platters are set down on our table filled with dainty parcels of sweet and savoury deliciousness, the boys are suddenly smiling.
On the bottom tier are fancy heart shaped miniature sandwiches and stacked muffins. Divine looking scones with lashings of jam and cream sit temptingly on the middle tier with sweet delectable tarts beside them. Finally, on the top tier rests pastel pink and yellow little sweet towers of heaven and special chocolate mousses with twirls of chocolate coming out of them and dollops of cream among other treats.
There is one platter for each couple and silence hits the table as our eyes do the talking. This is truly a special treat. The attention to detail is delightful with tiny candied roses adorning each and every sugar cube. I don't normally have sugar in my tea, but today I cannot resist.
The Elegant High Tea at $45 comes with extra desserts as opposed to the Traditional High Tea at $40. The extra pieces were the most delicious of all. There is no need to worry about being able to fit it all in because Tea and Niceties kindly give you a box to take away any unfinished pieces.
I'm glad I wore a dress and heels because although jeans and a T-shirt are welcome, they don't match the decor and ambience. If you want to feel like a princess, then put on a dainty strappy summer dress. It is up the top of a mountain though, so bring a pretty pink wrap or cute girly cardigan and you'll fit right in.
Tea and Niceties is open Thursday to Sunday for morning and afternoon High Teas. Booking before the day is a requirement as the food is prepared for set bookings and numbers are limited.