Ok this is going to sound a bit wanky but here goes… I’ve been to high tea pretty much everywhere on the Gold Coast*, sometimes more than once. So now I’ve admitted it, there’s one place that I think is consistently a cut above the rest and that’s why I’m blogging about it – The Sheraton.
I’ve been for high tea at The Sheraton about 4 or 5 times now and each time the quality and quantity of food is very good, the location and pool / ocean view is lovely and the service is of a high standard. Not sure I’d try a coffee there, but their tea is good and the package that includes the champers is also definitely worth trying.
The price – $32.50 for high tea, or $37.50 for high tea including champagne. I say if you’re having high tea, have the champers too! So we did – I think it was Domain Chandon, very nice indeed.
Middle tier – On the day we visited our sandwiches included a rye bread roll with prosciutto and salad and a slice of baguette with prawn, asparagus and dill mayo. Both were fresh and tasty. We also had a mini quiche (?) which I think had some melted gruyere on it, delish. Lastly some cheddar cheese with crackers and quince paste, also tasty.
Bottom tier – the scones (2 each) are usually slightly warm and come with either raspberry or strawberry jam and cream. I have been to another notable 5 (6?) star hotel that serves high tea only to have to ask for more jam and cream… thankfully the Sheraton provides just enough.
Top tier – contained some blueberry tartlets which were quite nice, coconut and pineapple sponge which was lovely, and some macarons. I have to say, not a major fan of macarons, although maybe I haven’t had an exceptional one yet? Recommendations welcome!
We finished up with a tea each, loose leaf and served in a pot with a strainer (take note other venues – tea bags are not on for high tea!). If I was to be super picky, I’d say they should offer some more tea options like French Earl Grey or creative herbal blends.
So as I said in the beginning of this post, the reason you are reading this is because I recommend you visit and enjoy high tea at The Sheraton. Tip – ask for the seat closest to the window for a lovely view, but make sure you book early to get it!
*There is one place I’d like to try for high tea – Videre at Royal Pines. Trouble is, they’re only open on weekends and that’s when I have baby duty… taking 5 month old twins to high tea isn’t really on is it? (Is it!?… kidding, it isn’t).
Loo review: as a 5 star hotel the loos are kept immaculately clean but they look a bit down at heel, and I think that’s after a recent refurb… 7/10
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