For a random Sunday in September, Woodman Estate's restaurant is busy. I mean busy: there's barely a table free for this high tea session. My server, Rachel, introduces herself as soon as I walk in the door and directs me to the front lounge where I am able to relax and read before entering the dining room.
The menu is a nice mix of savoury and sweet, hot and cold. Finger sandwiches accompany a sausage roll and a pie . The sweets on top are freshly prepared, presumably in the kitchen behind, and the manager is keen to make sure the one person sitting alone is enjoying herself.
To the food: Rachel recommends eating the middle, hot food plate first, and it's a good thing I follow her lead. The food is just at the right temperature on serving and any delay would make it cold. The shepherd's pie is nothing special, despite the thought that's gone into it, but the duck sausage roll is amazing. I wouldn't have thought to flavour a sausage roll with port and pistachios but with a little duck meat woven through some pork mince it is extremely flavoursome.