This summer, the NGA has partnered with Wedgwood to bring the Wedgwood Tea Room to life in celebration of all things Tom Roberts. Last Saturday, Matt and I spent a leisurely afternoon together at High Tea, enjoying each other’s company but mostly the food.
I’ll recap that for you – High Tea; Wedgwood; National Gallery of Australia; Limited time only.
I’m not quite convinced you would need any more reasons to try the High Tea at the Wedgwood Tea Room, but here I am with some pretty pictures and a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss out.
5. The view
If you haven’t been to the Members’ Lounge at the NGA before, then this is the time to go. They’ve transformed the space into an elegant tea room, with plush blue velvet seating and classic white tablecloths.
The floor to ceiling windows are the best thing about this room though. With views out over the Sculpture Garden and glimpses of Lake Burley Griffin through the trees, it’s pretty special.
4. The fine china
It’s Wedgwood. Enough said.
And you might even get to drink tea from this teapot, which, in my opinion, has come straight out of the Queen of Heart’s collection. Am I right? Any Lewis Carroll fans?
3. The tea selection
We all know that I enjoy a good coffee above all else, but when drinking from Wedgwood china it’s not that simple. Plus when it’s High Tea, you have to drink tea, right? Lucky I do enjoy a good tea, especially when there’s a healthy selection to choose from.
Matt tried the Wedgwood Original, which, as promised, had a delicious caramel flavour to it. For me, it was the French Earl Grey. I’m a big fan of all Grey teas – Lady’s, Earl’s (both French and otherwise, I’m not fussy) – and this one from T2 was absolutely delicious.
2. The champagne
It wouldn’t be High Tea without a little bubbly. If you’re feeling real fancy, you could go for a glass (or bottle?) of the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV ($19 a glass, $95 a bottle). However, I’ve been enjoying my pink wines this summer, so we opted for a glass each of the Domaine Chandon Brut Rose ($12 a glass, $54 a bottle).
1. The jam drops
These just aren’t any jam drops, either – these are jam drop shortbread tarts with lavender sugar – I repeat, lavender sugar. And they are delicious.
But if jam drops aren’t your thing, I’m sure somewhere between the buttermilk scones with jam and cream and the soft mini brioche with cured salmon, dill creme and mustard leaves, you’ll find a new favourite.
The Tom Roberts exhibition and the Wedgwood Tea Room is only open for another few weeks. It unfortunately all wraps up on 28 March. However, the High Tea is available from 11am to 4.30pm every day until then, it’s $43 per person and includes savoury and sweet items plus your choice of tea or coffee.
This is a High Tea experience that I can definitely recommend. Those jam drops seriously had me swooning for days.
– Bec x
Note: I was invited to enjoy High Tea as a guest of the NGA. As always, all opinions are my own.