One month left for high tea at the National Gallery of Australia

The stars aligned for a day last week. Early in January, I was invited by the National Gallery of Australia to partake in high tea at their temporary Wedgwood Tea Room, which is being held in conjunction with the current Tom Roberts Exhibition. I was interested, as I’d been wanting to get to the NGA for a while – but we were away and couldn’t go. A few weeks later I was delighted to find the invitation had been extended. Last week, my husband and I were able to enjoy the experience on my husband’s birthday, kid-free!

The birthday boy eating high tea

The birthday boy (my husband) looking super awkward because I was taking a photo of him 🙂

I don’t write ‘restaurant reviews’ as such – it’s not really my area, and there are already a number of Canberra food bloggers who do a wonderful job at reviewing the Canberra food scene. But I did have such a nice experience at the NGA, I wanted to support this excellent national institution. In fact, I’m planning to go back with my mum for lunch, before it closes towards the end of March.

Wedgwood Tea Blend, on Wedgwood crockery

‘Wedgwood Original’ Tea Blend, on Wedgwood crockery. There is also a range of T2 blends available.

The Wedgwood Tea Room is temporarily being hosted in part of the members’ lounge (although membership is not required), on the fourth floor of the NGA, overlooking the gardens adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin. We were seated next to the bright floor to ceiling windows in cosy chairs, and our table piled with tea, champagne, savoury goods and perfectly sized sweet treats (see below for details). Scones too, of course. I’m looking forward to going back for the Bushman’s Plate lunch or Farmhouse Board.

High Tea Menu ($43 per person):

  • Savoury: Mini brioche with cured salmon, dill creme and mustard leaves; citrus poached chicken and herb mayonnaise ribbon sandwich; cucumber, lime sour cream and mint ribbon sandwich; mini asparagus, leek and melted gruyere tart
  • Sweet: Dame Nellie Melba’s sublime opera cake; lemon and yoghurt curd tart with toasted meringue; petite peach melba cake with white peach buttercream; jam drop shortbread tarts with lavender sugar
  • Plus 2 buttermilk scones each, with berry preserve and double cream; and loose-leaf tea or coffee
Savoury and Sweet Service at High Tea

Savoury and Sweet Service at High Tea

Although it was a little more sugar than I’m used to, this is generally how I ‘take’ my sugar: deliberately (as opposed to accidentally, via ‘hidden’ sugars), mindfully, in good company, and on special occasions. During the meal, my husband mused that back in ‘the old days’ this is exactly how people would have had their sugar – as the occasional treat.

I’d definitely recommend checking out the Wedgwood Tea Room before it closes on 28 March. Those looking for a cheaper option than high tea might prefer the lunch options, at $25 for the Bushman’s Plate, and $32 for the Farmhouse Board.

The details:

The Wedgwood Tea Room is open until 28 March 2016, from 10am – 4:30pm every day. Lunch is served from 12 – 2pm. Packages can be booked when purchasing tickets to the Tom Roberts exhibition via Ticketek; or can be booked without a Tom Roberts ticket, by emailing or calling (02) 6240 6711.

MAN HANDS - on scones with jam and cream

MAN HANDS – on scones with jam and cream



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