High Tea at Gunners’ Barracks Sydney

Photographer: Cherry Brearley
High Tea at Gunners' Barracks Sydney - supplied image
High Tea at Gunners' Barracks Sydney - supplied image

High Tea at the Gunners' Barracks Sydney offers breathtaking views and nibbles on a breathtaking clifftop location.

The leafy, laterally sprawled Northern suburb of Mosman is one that every well-heeled Sydney-sider holds in high regard, notable not only for it’s fabulous coastal flora & fauna, but also for it’s societal repute. Gunners’ Barracks is a event location that holds it’s own in a town full of flash, and, as it’s idyllically set on a cliff-face, it’s ideal for the many weddings, christenings and corporate functions that are held there. Luckily for its prospective patrons, there needs to be no particularly special occasion to enjoy a visit though… other than to experience a high tea of course, which the Barracks hosts every Sunday on it’s wide, sun bathed terrace.

The sheer size of the uniquely purpose-adapted historical space is the first breathtaking impression that met us from within the twee decorum of the reception room, before our handsomely tailed host saw us to our white-clothed seats. We gazed through the deep gold-tint of our champagnes at the majestic azure-blue-green of the surrounding coastline, and wet our appetites for what was to come.

Tea-trays twirled to our tables shortly after we were seated, beset with generous portions of the most beautiful sweet and savoury miniatures, which, we were reminded, were all refillable should we request them to be. Not content with just offering the standard sandwiches usually found at a high tea, Gunners’ Barracks served specialties including chorizo pinwheels, cheese straws and quiches, as well as a divine egg mayo classic. Warm hummus dip with falafel and crudités was prepared for, and was the favourite of, our vegan guest, who was given a totally vegan-friendly tea-tray all of her own (GF, and Halal trays are also available upon request). Sweet treats, both vegan and non-vegan, we scoffed with aplomb, the best, in our opinions, being the crunch-crumble of the seasonal rhubarb pot, and velvety vegan chocolate truffle.

High Tea at Gunners' Barracks Sydney
High Tea at Gunners’ Barracks Sydney
High Tea at Gunners' Barracks Sydney - supplied image
High Tea at Gunners’ Barracks Sydney – supplied image

We set the bar for standard of high teas on our ‘scone-o-meter’, of course, and the scones on offer at Gunners’ Barracks are really something. They arrive at the table just when you’re ready for them, so they’re piping hot and lovely right when you need them to be – a thoughtful ‘extra touch’ which made all the difference. Considerate, too, was the proffering of pretty white take-away boxes for us to fill with the food we were just too full and happy to quite comfortably finish – our partners at home were very pleased about this fact too after we got home! We polished our meals off imbibing refreshing peppermint, and a very special Irish whiskey-infused tea.

Patting our full tummies, we decided to end our High Tea celebration with a (thankfully, mainly down hill!) forest hike through to Balmoral Beach. As well as being an ideal mode of burning off all that indulgent food, it was a lovely way to continue our group’s meet-up that day, and a unique added benefit of a visit to Gunners Barracks.

This High Tea experience left us feeling equal parts the regal society ladies and intrepid explorers, and we’ll certainly be recommending a return.

 

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Gunners’ Barracks:

End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights NSW 2088

When:

Morning Tea is served Monday to Friday from 10am to midday.
Traditional High Tea is served 7 days a week from 10am daily.
Reservations are highly recommended.

Cost:

Traditional High Tea - a set selection of petit cakes and savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, house baked scones and preserve, with your selection of a Ronnefeldt tea or espresso coffee - $50pp.

Sparkling High Tea – a set selection of petit cakes and savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, house baked scones and preserve, with your selection of a Ronnefeldt tea or espresso coffee. Served with a glass of Australian sparkling wine.- $55pp.

Cocktail High Tea – a set selection of petit cakes and savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, house baked scones and preserve, with your selection of a Ronnefeldt tea or espresso coffee. Served with your choice of a cocktail. - $65pp.

Champagne High Tea - a set selection of petit cakes and savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, house baked scones and preserve, with your selection of a Ronnefeldt tea or espresso coffee. Served with a piccolo of French champagne - $70pp

Children’s High Tea - petit pastries, finger sandwiches, scone, jam and cream, choice of hot chocolate, soft drink or juice - $35pp.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Cherry Brearley

South London born and bred, Cherry lives in Sydney's stylish Inner West with her two friends and their collie. Inclusive of her (very British!) love of High Tea, she works in marketing strategy, writes web content, is a trainee yoga teacher, and loves biking around the city, going on adventures, spending time at the beach, and the odd cheeky cocktail!

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