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High Tea at The Tea Parlour

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by Naomi Shimoda (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer
Published July 11th 2012
Update June 10th 2013
The Tea Parlour has closed down :(

For high tea enthusiasts seeking to indulge in a one of a kind experience that's worth every cent you pay, look no further than Tea Parlour. With an atmosphere that combines quirkiness with girlish delicateness, Tea Parlour is not your average pompous high tea joint with the high price tag to match. At just $20 a head, you'll be treated to scones, cucumber sandwiches and a selection of cakes, topped with bottomless tea. You'll find yourself enthralled by the store's abundance of cute trinkets and antiques which add unrivalled character to the store.

The tiny store seats a limited number of guests, adding to the intimacy of the setting. However, because the place is so small, it's essential to book in advance, as you can be turned away when they occasionally host private tea parties which take up the entire store.

The extensive tea list is full of delicate flavours which perfectly complement the treats. The scones are cooked to perfection and served first. They taste wonderful with a generous serving of jam and lashings of clotted cream.

The cakes are served on a 2 tiered stand, and include passion fruit cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate fudge cake, lemon tart and chocolate cupcakes topped with a dollop of cream and raspberry. The pecan pie was delectable and the lemon tart, which had a sprinkling of frosted popping candy on top, was an absolute delight. Compared to the tiny, bite-sized portions usually served at high end high tea places, the cakes at Tea Parlour are refreshingly decent sized, enough to switch you from being starving to stuffed in one sitting.

The dainty cheese and cucumber sandwiches are a welcome refresher from the sweet flavours tasted before. The sheer quality and quantity of the food left my friend and I in awe of how such a filling, decadent meal cost a measly $20 each.

The service is efficient but friendly, and waiting time is kept to a minimum despite usually having only one staff member assigned to serve customers. A visit to the Tea Parlour is a must for anyone wishing to treat themselves to an utterly unique high tea experience on a budget.
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Why? Quirky high tea experience on a budget
When: 569 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, NSW
Where: Redfern
Cost: $20 per head for high tea
Your Comment
This looks fantastic, I am such a big fan of tea places! All the food looks delicious, and the decor looks really interesting...beautiful photos too :)
by Bec Ninness (score: 2|215) 3022 days ago
Fantastic article and mouth-watering photos! My family want to go there. I'll taste by myself.
by ggaus (score: 0|2) 3028 days ago
any idea how you book for this place? no phone number is recorded anywhere...
by Georgia (score: 0|2) 3026 days ago
Hi Georg. You can contact them on 0414 335 224.
by Naomi Shimoda (score: 1|18) 3025 days ago
Beautiful Pictures! :) Looks yum.
by Petite.Capote.Rouge (score: 1|86) 2632 days ago
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