26 August 2015
While Sydney high teas continue to explore creative new heights, the rest of New South Wales has long proved it is not to be missed when it comes to a morning or afternoon of delectable treats. From quaint country tearooms, to grand old hotels with spectacular views, we’ve tracked down the top ten places in Regional NSW for freshly brewed pots of tea, light-as-a-feather scones and perhaps even a glass of bubbly.
Afternoon tea at Lilianfels is a grand affair. Settle into their charming courtyard with views over the Jamison Valley, or you can sit by the fireplace in their beautifully restored lounge. Three tiers of cakes, scones and finger sandwiches come with your choice of coffee or tea, with the option to add Australian sparkling or French champagne to make the afternoon really special.
Overlooking the breathtaking Megalong Valley, this recently-restored palatial hotel serves high tea in its grand Wintergarden room daily. Take in the panoramic Blue Mountains views as you enjoy a traditional high tea served on a three-tiered silver tray, with your choice of tea or coffee and the option to upgrade to Australian sparkling wine or French champagne.
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum and Tearooms is nestled in the Blue Mountains and has more than 5,500 teapots from all over the world in its collection. Enjoy a decadent high tea served on fine bone china, with plenty of ‘olde-worlde’ charm. You can even bring your own champagne.
Cute and cozy, the Tea Salon in Dirty Jane’s Antiques Emporium boasts a long list of local loose leaf teas to choose from as well as gorgeous little cakes and perfect, melt-in-your-mouth scones. Your choice of tea is presented in a beautiful pot to be served in fine bone china cups and saucers. High tea and Devonshire tea are both served daily.
Held on the last Sunday of the month, this high tea has won awards for New South Wales at the Dilmah Professional High Tea Challenge. It’s easy to see why, with delectable scones, cakes, slices and tarts served in the sophisticated CGrill dining room, overlooking Wollongong Beach.
From local teas to homemade cheese to delicious cakes, the quaint and lovely Schoolhouse in Gerringong is an idyllic spot for high tea. Built in 1862 and relocated from nearby Toolijooa in 1953, this historic building holds cheesemaking workshops, acts as a cafe and tapas bar, harvests its own teas and makes excellent cakes and freshly-baked scones. Bookings are recommended.
This 1893 Colonial Georgian Manor House serves high tea every Sunday afternoon from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Delicious scones, traditional finger sandwiches and mini desserts are served on beautiful china and silverware, accompanied by a range of loose leaf tea or, if you prefer, an espresso-based coffee. Set on three acres of classical gardens, high tea at this South Coast guest house is truly a special occasion.
Settle into a mismatched armchair in this quirky, retro Central Coast teahouse which offers more than 30 different teas to choose from, as well as a great selection of homemade treats. Tea and coffee is served in pretty cups and saucers, and afternoon tea is served daily, with the selection of cakes constantly changing. Hatters Tea House is known for its attentive service and freshly baked scones.
At the beautiful sandstone retreat of Peppers Guest House, you can enjoy decadent high tea in their lovely manicured gardens. Scones are served warm and fresh and you can upgrade your high tea experience to include lavender champagne, an espresso martini, sparkling wine or cocktails. High tea at Peppers Guest House needs to be booked 3 days in advance.
High tea takes place most Sundays in the ballroom of this historic 1870s Scottish-baronial mansion, with rustic homemade cakes and piping hot tea. To make a booking, contact the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre. You can also take a guided tour of this historic landmark which boasts 50 beautiful rooms and lovely grounds.