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The Tea Parlour

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published April 16th 2012
Update November 4th 2013
Please note that this venue is now closed.

Late last year we went on an expedition to The Tea Parlour for a birthday. And what a delightful little spot this is.

It's almost impossible to take a bad photo at the Tea Parlour. With such feminine charm, this tiny tea parlour has got the decor down pat. Everything is mismatched - the glasses, cutlery, plates and furniture. But in a very endearing way.

Fluffy scones with cream and jam are brought out first. I'm tempted to eat more than one, but I know there are still plenty of other delectable dishes to come out, so I decide to save my stomach.

Lemon tart

With a great shortcrust pastry and a refreshing lemon filling, this lemon tart is one of my favourites of the day. I scoff it down with increasing ardour. I love sour desserts, so I'm quite taken by this one.

Pecan pie

Next up is the pecan pie which is deliciously nutty and despite its tiny portion is more than enough. Anything bigger and I think it would have been sickening (in a good way of course). I find it's a little bit too sweet for my liking, but I think the others aren't in agreement.


The babycakes are as aesthetically adorable as they are scrumptious. They make quite the impression when they arrive, perched atop a cupcake holder.

Lemon profiterole

When the profiteroles arrive, I realise I've started to feel quite overwhelmed by all the sugar. But one of the girls tells me that the topping is actually lemon flavoured. So I have a tiny bite of it - the creamy lemon topping is delightful.

Cucumber sandwiches

Finally the long-awaited cucumber sandwiches are brought out. I hungrily scoff two or three down because at this stage I'm pining for something savoury. With a lovely addition of dried herbs, the cucumber sandwich is just how it should be. Soft, white bread with fresh cucumber and a creamy cheese layer. I do wish that these had come out earlier, though, to break apart all the sugary cakes and tarts.

Tea menu

The menu is inserted in an old book, which I love. You'll get a whiff of that old-book smell as you make your tea selection (that sounds a little odd, but it was meant as a positive observation).

Apple Berry Tea

With teas from T2, we can choose any of the pots of tea. The tea that stands out is the Apple Berry as expected, it's sweet and fruity with an undertone of sourness. We also try the Monk Pear, an Earl Grey infusion with (you guessed it) pear flavours and jasmine blossoms.

There's also BYO champagne if you want to class it up a bit. For $20 a head, this high tea is arguably the most reasonably priced high tea in Sydney. And with the pretty decor and the amount of gorgeous dishes you get, this is an experience I highly recommend. I would suggest you make a booking though, as it's a tiny parlour that probably only seats around 20 people.

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Why? Reasonably priced high tea
When: Thursday-Sunday 1pm-8pm
Where: 569 Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Cost: $20 for high tea
Your Comment
I wish I had a nice experience of this place. I have been wanting to go to this place for close to a year now and was super excited to go for my 30th birthday. I didn't worry about not getting a response to my online enquiry, I just texted instead. We agreed on a booking and I gave a number of people saying I'd confirm the exact number in a week. I admit I left it very late to confirm the number but when I did the proprietor could not recall my booking and offered a time two hours later. I accepted the time but expressed that I was frustrated as I had the text reflecting the original booking. To that I was told "don't come at all".
I can understand being busy but how do you run a business if you can't manage bookings? I had no intention of being rude and I don't think I was out of line to simply state that I felt frustrated - I felt genuinely hurt by the response I received.
by mhab. (score: 0|7) 2548 days ago
$20 ++, for high tea, feels a little steep.
by areks (score: 1|17) 2561 days ago
sounds quite British, isn't it?
by inero (score: 2|106) 2563 days ago
The tea you metioned are more suited to the European palate.
by inero (score: 1|19) 2561 days ago
Looks a lovely idea to do with a girlfriend on a rainy day at winter time - will definitely give it a go. Thanx for the tip!
by Sonia T (score: 1|12) 2561 days ago
$20 sounds very reasonable considering places like the QVB tea room charge $37 and other places charge even more. I thought I had heard that this place had closed but perhaps I'm wrong. I'll definitely make a visit if it's still open.
by hanna62 (score: 0|3) 2558 days ago
I took my daughter last weekend and we had a delightful afternoon tea listening to Ella Fitzgerald music. Very relaxing and enjoyable - a charming elecletic cafe worth visiting.
Diane & Hayley
by diane (score: 0|3) 2557 days ago
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