It’s easy to see why people flock to the heritage-listed Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.
The iconic Victorian building is steeped in a truckload of history that is celebrated to this day with the naming of their restaurant, the Harbour Master, where I sit for their high tea.
Set on a former prison that dates back to the 1800’s, the grand old building offers a range of weekend high tea options, Classic ($38), Sparkling ($48) and Luxe ($54).
I took up the Luxe option and kicked off with a glass of Mumm champagne. Being a hotel there is an extensive “Tipple” list to cater for all tastes. A couple of sips in and the waitress appeared with a very impressive three-tiered tray brimming with sweet and savoury goodies.
I opted to start with the middle tier where the savoury treats resided. The mini sausage roll was not only a welcome introduction but also the savoury of the day as the filling was a beautiful blend of chicken, ricotta and basil encased in an impressive flaky pastry. Next up was the oh-so-cute bite size croissant with prosciutto, sun dried tomato and mozzarella that delivered in spades. It was then time to turn to the three cold savouries that consisted of hot smoked salmon with wasabi mayonnaise on rye, smoked lamb rump, onion jam (that was a big hit!) and spinach on a toasted French baguette and a hummus, roast capsicum and rocket finger sandwich.
With the savouries under my belt it was time to order the all-important hot beverage (which extends to bottomless pots of tea or coffee) for the two tiers of sweet treats that lay ahead. I opted to try something a little different in the Rose with French Vanilla black tea from the Dilmah t-Series. There are other Dilmah black teas, green and infusion teas available. As an aside the crockery was an unusual design that gave the appearance the saucer was floating in mid-air.
I started my sweet journey with the apple crumble tartlet where the soft pastry shell combined well with the apple filling and crumble on top. The mini fruit tart that followed boasted a delicious custard filling, topped with kiwi fruit, strawberry and mandarin encased in a light gelatine. The strawberry cheesecake bite was a welcome addition as was the mini salted caramel macaron. Dessert of the day went to the chocolate mirror dome that looked as good as it tasted. The delicate mousse filling went beautifully with the rich chocolate case. I finished the day on a traditional note with scones, plain and fruit, with strawberry jam and whipped cream.
The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges high tea is the perfect way to while away the hours on a lazy weekend afternoon. The Harbour Master restaurant boasts a great outlook, lots of history and there’s also a fantastic hideaway at the rear called the Calista room that seats up to 27, perfect for your next hens or birthday do. Parking onsite is at a minimum, other than valet (given it is a 4.5-star hotel) so it’s probably easier and cheaper to use street parking but there is plenty in the area.
Fremantle has so much to offer locals and travellers and the Esplanade Hotel is no exception.
Their high tea sticks to the classics but it is done well. What more could you want?!
Esplanade High Tea Menu:
Classic High Tea
- Salted caramel macarons Chocolate mirror dome Mini fruit tarts Strawberry cheesecake bites Apple crumble tartlets
- Chicken, ricotta and basil sausage rolls
- Hot smoked salmon with wasabi mayonnaise on rye
- Mini croissant with prosciutto, sun dried tomato and mozzarella
- Smoked lamb rump, onion jam and spinach on toasted French baguette Hummus, roast capsicum and rocket finger sandwich
- Plain and fruit scones with preserves and whipped cream
- A selection T-Series Dilmah gourmet teas
Sparkling High Tea:
- The Classic High Tea served with a glass of Chandon Brut NV on arrival
Luxe High Tea:
- The Classic High Tea served with a glass of Mumm Brut NV or a Hayman’s Gin-inspired cocktail on arrival