Time Out says
Treat yourself to classy dining in a historic setting
Just because you can’t afford the membership fees to the exclusive clubs of Sydney’s elite, it doesn’t mean you can’t spend an afternoon in the lap of luxury. Grab a friend and drop $55 each on high tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms for a little taste of how the other half lives. Perhaps a tour of the historic estate is what brought you out here, or a paddle in the harbour, but you should conclude your visit out under the umbrellas and ancient fig trees that shelter the tables out on the stone terrace of the tearooms. Three-tiers of sweets, savouries and scones, plus tea, coffee and sparkling wine is a lot to fit in so the key here is to clear out your schedule and graze slowly. Start with chicken sandwiches and move onto little Italian doughnuts, then back to a crisp cone filled with salmon and cream cheese (it’s like a tiny Cornetto) before turning your full attention to the scones. It is our opinion that it’s the scones that make or break a high tea, and here they are fresh, short and crumbly with a crisp outer shell – top marks. Crack them open and don’t hold back on the three-berry jam (blueberry, strawberry and raspberry) and a vanilla clotted cream. Don’t hurry your tea – it’s the flavourful, loose leaf variety here, to be drunk slowly from blue and white china cups – and if you find you’re not ready to leave when the pot is empty, perhaps more wine is in order.
Vaucluse House Tearooms
|Transport:||Nearby stations: 325, Buses: 325|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat-Sun 8am-4.30pm|