How was it?
A couple of weeks ago I attended a Christmas in July themed high tea at The Loft, with a bunch of food bloggers - Helen, Karen, Lisa, Lorraine, Steph and Suze. I loved the theme and when I discovered that The Loft served cocktails in teapots with their high teas, I was so in!
The deal was, $45 for 'Christmas High Tea with a Twist', including savoury and sweet items, a teapot cocktail and your choice of tea/coffee at the end.
Sencha Quince Fizz, Silent Night, Santa's Little Helper, Rudolph's Nose
How cute are the teapots? I loved the floral pink one :) So pretty....
(Thanks to Steph for the pouring action!)
I liked the strong passionfruit flavour of the Sencha Quince Fizz cocktail, but my favourite was Rudolph's Nose. It was a mix of rhubarb, cherries, vodka and turkish apple tea - it was lovely and sweet and not too strong. Silent Night was a chocolate liqueur, combined with espresso and peppermint tea. It wasn't too bad, it just tasted like coffee with a slight twist! The one that didn't exactly please the crowd was Santa's Little Helper. It was a mixture of crushed berries, bourbon and mixed fruit tea - sounds odd, and indeed tasted odd. It was very strong and it was funny to watch people's reactions after taking a sip i.e. not pretty!
Sandwiches, Chicken & Pistachio Galantine, Ham & Roast Onion Frittata, Baby Red Peppers stuffed with Goats Cheese
Sandwiches: Turkey & Cranberry, Baby Prawn Mayo with Sprouts, Honey Roasted Leg Ham with Mustard Pickle
I was pleasantly surprised by the stuffed baby pepper and the frittata from the savoury tier. I'm not a huge goat's cheese fan, but I quite enjoyed the little pop in my mouth of the cheese. I remember seeing Suze guiltily and slowly savouring her stuffed baby red pepper!
The scones here were soft and fluffy, even though they kind of looked more like a bun to me! But they were very enjoyable especially lathered in cream and jam. But, nothing compares to the scones at The Tea Room - definitely the best scones I've had!
The selection of sweets was just the right amount to cap off the afternoon. I had never tried a macadamia brownie before, and I loved it. The tarts were also delicious with their buttery short crusts. How could anyone resist such miniature treats?!
We ordered a selection of teas to finish off. We sipped our teas, chatted, lazed on the comfy couches and listened to the lovely jazz as the sun shone on us. A lovely afternoon with some lovely ladies (check out their blogs for more details and pics)!
The service is not exactly the drawcard, but The Loft is in a great location, and definitely worth looking into if you're looking for something a little bit different. It's a great place to lounge about and catch up with girlfriends.
3 Lime St, King St Wharf,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9299 4770
High Tea only available on weekends
Traditional High Tea - $35
High Tea with a twist - $45 (including a teapot cocktail/glass of sparkling wine)