On an unexpectedly warm morning towards the end of winter, KT and I arrived at the Queen Victoria Building’s Tea Room QVB for lovely Nadia’s birthday party. After meeting Nadia, her sister and a few of her other friends at the entrance and weighing her down with gifts, we wandered into the elegant Tea Room. The spacious room (or floor, rather) has a beautifully decorated Victorian ceiling, glittering crystal chandeliers and walls adorned with pretty antique mirrors and wallpaper.
We were seated at a large round table towards the back of the room, which was already set with elegant Royal Albert china. As soon as all of Nadia’s guests arrived, the waiters and waitresses checked our order, which had been placed by Nadia a few days earlier when she booked. Soon after they returned with large plates of scones, and cheese and spinach rolls, two large bowls of clotted cream and jam, three tiered trays bearing finger sandwiches and petit fours, and a few large pots of tea.
The sandwiches included the traditional cucumber and cream cheese, salmon and cream cheese, ham and rocket, egg and mayonnaise and chicken and walnut. They were freshly made, tasty and very filling.
I only tried one petit fours because I wasn’t in the mood for anything too sweet. Nadia (the birthday girl, of course) tried a few and said they were rich and flavoursome (and also took this amazing close-up of her fave sweet treat).
We ordered a few pots of tea including peppermint, chamomile and Earl Grey. Nadia’s sister wanted something cooler because of the hot weather and asked the waitress if beer available. We were all surprised when the waitress said beer was indeed a menu item, and brought a whole drinks menu filled with beer and wine. Nadia’s sis enjoyed a few bottles of Corona with lime, which she claimed was best paired with the spinach and cheese rolls.
The Tea Room QVB is simply stunning and the service, tea and food was excellent. It’s a great place for catching up with the girls or family, or to take overseas or interstate friends. Remember to book early though because it’s a very popular tourist and local thing to do.