Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room, QVB Sydney

Photographer: Joshua Pike
The Tea Rooms at QVB
The Tea Rooms at QVB

Everything about this experience is steeped in tradition, and the rest of the food is no exception. Lovely fresh finger sandwiches, some warm savoury pastries and a plate of petit fours.

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room

The Grand Ballroom in the Queen Victoria Building in the heart of Sydney’s CBD has, for the last decade at least, been known as The Tea Room, offering guests an elegant experience in one of Sydney’s most well known historical buildings. Being one of the first venues to offer it, The Tea Room originally made quite a name for itself as Sydney’s best high tea. While we’ve previously reviewed it here at High Tea Society, that was several years ago, so we thought it time we paid another visit.

The opulence of the room upon entry is still spectacular, and it’s clear to see why many a wedding has also been celebrated in this space. Soaring ceilings, arched windows, sparkling chandeliers, the wow factor is breathtaking. The Royal Albert fine bone china is impeccable, and unlike some shabby chic venues, it all matches!

Once seated at our table, the friendly staff waste no time in kicking things off. We have our order taken and the champagne arrives in no time at all – we always choose the champagne option when reviewing! Thankfully we’re left to peruse the tea menu at our leisure, it’s three pages long so it takes a while to decide!

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

A short time later the 3-tier stand arrives. Much to our delight the scones are served nice and warm. Not all venues do this, and it’s a nice touch when some do. Breaking them apart it’s easy to see that they’re some of the best scones we’ve eaten in a long time. A good crunch on the outside, but still perfectly soft on the inside. Of course we slathered them with the clotted cream and house made jam. They were definitely the “dish of the day”.

Everything about this experience is steeped in tradition, and the rest of the food is no exception. Lovely fresh finger sandwiches, some warm savoury pastries and a plate of petit fours. All perfectly delicious examples, but we think it’s here that the ‘best high tea in Sydney’ crown starts to slip a little. Don’t get us wrong, we really enjoyed everything on the 3 tiers, but there’s nothing (apart from the scones) that stood out as ‘the best’. Plenty of other venues we’ve visited are on par with the food here – some of them even surpass it.

Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Room QVB

When it’s all said and done though, high tea at The Tea Room is definitely one to check out. The history of this beautiful venue makes it well worth the visit.

 

Royal Albert fine bone china
Royal Albert fine bone china

The Tea Room, QVB Sydney Afternoon Tea Menus

Morning tea $35 – until 12pm
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Traditional Afternoon Tea $45
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Sparkling Afternoon Tea $50
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and a glass of Australian sparkling wine. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Cocktail Afternoon Tea $60
A selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and served with a cocktail. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

Champagne Afternoon Tea $65
A set selection of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries, scones with preserve and clotted cream, tea or coffee and a piccolo of French champagne. Tea Selection included. Tea for Connoisseurs additional $2.

The Tea Room QVB:

Queen Victoria Building, Level 3, North End, 455 George Street, Sydney.

When:

Served Monday to Sunday, 10am until close

Cost:

range: $35 - $65

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

About
Melanie Pike

Melanie Pike is one of our Sydney contributors. In her life outside of champagne, tiered cake stands and fine bone china, she’s the Production Editor on Fitness First magazine. After a long week of writing about sugar-free diets and the latest gym sessions to get her readers in shape, she sneaks away to sample the delights of some of the best high tea venues in Sydney. She’s covered from Katoomba to Kiama and almost everywhere in between.