High tea or more correctly, afternoon tea is one of my most favourite leisurely activities. During the month of June, Sheraton On The Park will be serving a special royal edition to celebrate Queen’s Birthday!
You don’t have to be obsessed with the British royal family to get excited about this royal high tea experience. Set in the lobby of one of Sydney’s best five star hotels, the Royal Tea Stand is inspired by Her Majesty’s favourite treats. Embracing her love of simple and classic, delights such as jam ring cookies and baked ham and English mustard sandwiches grace the three-tiered platter.
The bottom tier includes plump juicy strawberries, freshly baked plain and raisin scones with a mini jar of Beerenberg jam, a pot of cream and some slabs of butter. The butter goes unused but we make the most of the cream and jam, lathering on mountains of each.
The savoury tier features sandwiches – with their crust off of course – in delectable fillings such as roast beef and horseradish, cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, as well as baked ham and English mustard. I love sandwiches this way, especially the dainty smoked salmon sandwich wheels.
We save the sweets tier for the end. There are Benedicks bittermints, shortbreads decorated in the shape of a crown, mini Victoria sponge cake, battenburg petit fours, chocolate biscuit cakes and jam ring cookies. They’re a little basic, but I guess the Queen likes her classics! In my opinion, it’s just like a visit to my grandma’s – overly sweet but leaves you feeling humble and content 😉
The Royal Tea Stand also includes tea or coffee for two. Choices are aplenty; I have the Lady Grey from the Twinings Fine Leaf Tea range, a fragrant, bright & light black tea scented with bergamont, orange and lemon. My new husband (yes, we’ve finally tied the knot!!! #jenandzenwedding) has the Summer Delight by Penelope Sach Herbal Teas, a lemon & mint sensation, scented with spearmint, lemongrass, calendula & lemon thyme.
Afternoon tea is such a lovely tradition. I’m not sure how often Her Majesty indulges like this, but we certainly had a relaxing and enjoyable ‘royal’ afternoon!
The Royal Tea Stand is $58 for two
Add $22 for two glasses of Domain Chandon Brut or $40 for two glasses of Taittinger
Available throughout June from 11:30am to 5:00pm
Sheraton On The Park
161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9286 6000
JENIUS dined as guests of Sheraton On The Park