high tea | the house of herbs and roses, dural

Another high tea! And this one very different from the Japanese style one at Azuma – mainly because it was a bit more traditional. So from the name, this location sounds like a really hippy dippy sort of place – where they’d sell vegan food and herbal teas. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the eating area was lovely – with a classic interior – dark wooden furniture, prints on the walls, and large mirrors to give the illusion of more space.

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Since we were there for a birthday, they set up a table in a small function room – already arrayed with cutlery and china. The china is really pretty as well – makes you feel fancy.

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There is an extensive selection of tea – ranging from fruit infused to the more traditional. They have quite fun names as well ‘congo bongo’, ‘cha cha chai’ and ‘once upon a time’ – to name a few. As there is a large number of teas, and a good eight of us – they bring the teas your interested in out to smell. Also, the service was incredibly friendly, and made the whole experience enjoyable – the lady who served us was chatty, happy to answer questions and take photos. You also get one refill of your teapot over the course of the high tea.

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And here are the tiers – the top was scones, middle was sweets, and the bottom was sandwiches.

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The scones were fluffy, and not sweet – which I prefer. They came with small dishes of cream and strawberry jam – though I think we could have done with more, especially considering the number of scones and people – I’m pretty sure we were scraping the dishes by the last couple of scones.

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The lemon tart which had a crisp shortcrust base, with a lovely lemon curd filling – but was a little sweet for my tastes.
The mini cheesecake was really lovely – I think it was a gelatine based cheesecake – with a buttery base and a raspberry filling which was a nice surprise – the filling balanced the richness of the cheesecake.
There were also chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes. I only tried the vanilla one – which had buttercream icing, and was nice and light.IMG_6695

The best sandwich in my opinion was a avocado, ham and pesto mayo on wholewheat – it was full of flavour, and very moist.There was also a wholegrain mustard with mayo, tuna and cucumber – which was also good, but lacked a bit of flavour.Finally, a salmon, caper and chive mayonnaise sandwich, which I didn’t try – the raw salmon thing. Also, it’s better to eat sandwiches earlier rather than later – otherwise the outside becomes crusty.There’s enough of everything so that you can try each item at least once, with chances of seconds. Needless to say, we were nicely full by the end of it.

High tea is a $35 affair – and it’s a good idea to call ahead because they have to prepare all the items in advance.

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A very cute gift shop is attached to the dining area – selling a range of items – skin care, seeds, (really adorable) tea cosies, books, and everything in between. The cafe is also open for lunch – not just high tea, and is lovely to visit on a sunny day.

It’s a lovely destination, especially if you live locally – and you might leave with a full stomach and some plants (I wish I had bought some mint).

The House of Herbs and Roses
745 Old Northern Road
Dural, NSW 2158
Opening hours: Tues – Sun | 9.30am – 5.30pm
Ph: 02 9651 1027
Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-House-Of-Herbs-And-Roses/118814088211991

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