If you’re hosting a high tea in Perth at your home (or at work for that matter) High Tea In A Box is a wonderful concept and a real lifesaver too!
I hosted my Sister In Law, Kristie’s Baby Shower on a sunny Autumn afternoon. Chef, Little Chef and I are absolutely giddy with excitement about having a new baby niece or nephew. Just a few more days until we find out 🙂
Kristie is another Chef’s Wife in our family. She is married to Chef’s little brother “The Pastry Chef” who himself has made high teas at the Ritz in London, desserts for Marco Pierre White, as well as lots of sweet goodies around Perth. He was a bit too busy at work to bake for us, though he did manage to knock up some delicious mini eclairs! Whoops, I’m getting distracted by food… back to the high tea set up…
Anyone who hosts an event at their home knows what a mammoth job it can be. As well as organising all the details for the event itself, you also want your house to be clean and tidy for all the guests. Not having to set up the table was such a time saver for me and Mary Jane from High Tea in A Box did an absolutely beautiful job. I simply left her the clean tables under my pergola and she set to work prettying them up!
High tea is one of my favourite indulgences. Previously I have enjoyed high tea at Maddison Cottage but I haven’t really had it anywhere else, other than at friend’s houses. One Saturday, we had a family afternoon tea at the Cottage Tea Rooms in the Swan Valley. I’d driven past it on West Swan Road before, but never realised it was there! The family run tea rooms are decorated in a shabby chic way and is a nice spot for coffee and cake or a light lunch. There was a large group of us, about 15 people, so we took up an entire room (2 tables). There is tea and plunger coffee available, though as the waitress said – “this isn’t called High Coffee!” Exactly! I enjoyed copious cups of tea – all with my pinky finger sticking out! I like to pretend I’m a bit posh lol First, we tucked into a plate full of homemade savouries;
- Creamy mushroom quiche
- Spinach & ricotta puffs
- Asparagus & spring onion frittata
- Sausage rolls
- Corn cheese bites
Then the three tiered china platter arrived, which was absolutely brimming with sweet and savoury treats. The bottom tier offered a very tasty selection of sandwiches – served traditionally with crusts cut off, of course!
- Curried egg and baby spinach
- Cucumber & cream cheese
- Ham & sweet mustard
I absolutely loved the pear cupcakes with a sweet and creamy honey vanilla buttercream – on the top tier. Our scrumptious selection of sweets were;
- Pear cupcakes with honey vanilla buttercream
- Lemon meringue tart
- Ginger Slice
There’s also some freshly baked scones – still warm from the oven, with strawberry jam and cream. The high tea is $40, which needs to be booked in advance. I thought that the food is really tasty and so fresh. Its a pet hate of mine when you are served sandwiches that you know have been made well in advance, as the bread goes dry. At the Cottage Tea Room everything is made fresh and everything is made in-house, except for the macaroons, if I remember rightly. The High Tea endless tea and the sitting takes about 2 hours. The staff are very welcoming at the Cottage Tea Rooms. It’s a fantastic little place for a girly catch up and I just love their shabby chic crockery – it’s all in the detail. Looking forward to the next high tea! What’s your favourite High Tea spot in Perth?
A few months back, Chef and I visited a few vineyards in the Perth Hills, for the Bickley Harvest Festival. I’d made a mental note to return to Fairbrossen as it looked like a wonderful spot for a Sunday afternoon with my mum. The cellar door and café overlook the boutique vineyard and wishing well. We were lucky to get a table in the cafe, I’d defiantly recommend booking, as it was very busy.
We were there for some afternoon tea. Mum had a Devonshire tea, two super fresh scones with home-made jam and cream. I had a deliciously moist cake made from Carnarvon bananas. We shared a pot of tea for two.
If you’re after something a bit more substantial they also have steak sandwiches, homemade pies and humongous share platters on the menu. A share platter full of all sorts of delicious morsels was on the next table – I had a really bad case of food envy after spotting that!
The Fairbrossen café caters well for the little ones too. As well as children’s options on the menu – there’s a corner full of toys and books. Little Chef was very happy with that and he made some new mates whist we had a pester-free chat.
Next time I’ll have to head back to the cellar door – there is some very nice wine at Fairbrossen, to suit all tastes. From sparkling, rose, shiraz, tempranillo etc etc The family run winery also has a vineyard in Margaret River where they have cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay vines.
“I’m fair Brosen” means “full to bursting” and we certainly were after sweets and copious amounts of tea! Fairbrossen is a lovely spot in the Perth Hills. From the warm welcome, to the home-style food, to the freshly picked flowers on each table – it’s a taste of the country just 25 minutes from the city.
One of my lovely friends had a baby this month. It’s so exciting and it was lovely to see the new mamma and to have a cuddle with her beautiful bub – I love that new baby smell!!
Mrs H isn’t one for a lot of fuss. She didn’t want a baby shower, but Miss S and I just couldn’t let the occasion of her first baby go by without doing anything for her. So we organised a high tea for three at the lovely Madison Cottage in Guildford. It was fitting as the mum to be was the person who first introduced me to this gorgeous little café.
The first time we visited Maddy’s we were there for coffee and cake. We soon found out their specialty is high teas and made a promise to go back to try that. We sat in the quaint little cottage, surrounded by a whole manner of vintage items. We had;
The three tiered china platter was absolutely brimming with sweet and savoury treats. The savouries were a selection of vol au vounts, finger sandwiches (like dill and cucumber) and mini savoury tarts. Our scrumptious selection of sweets were; scones with jam and cream, fruit tarts, cake, meringue and a chocolate truffle.
The tea and coffee available at Maddy’s is excellent quality. They serve T2 and Yahava respectively. I had a pot of a refreshing sweet fruity tea and then I tried a pot of chai (my fave).
There is also giftware for sale; girly, shabby chic and French inspired home wares. The back room is a perfect room for a private high tea, for a group. The high tea is $32, which includes endless tea and coffee and the sitting takes about 2 hours.
The staff are very welcoming. “Maddy’s” is a fantastic place for a girly catch up, it has a lovely atmosphere and I just love their miss-match shabby chic crockery – it’s all in the detail. I’ve said it before, but you really can tell a lot of love has been put into this super cute café.