How was it?
Food: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Value: $$$

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Christmas in July themed high tea at The Loft, with a bunch of food bloggers – Helen, Karen, Lisa, Lorraine, Steph and Suze. I loved the theme and when I discovered that The Loft served cocktails in teapots with their high teas, I was so in!

The deal was, $45 for ‘Christmas High Tea with a Twist’, including savoury and sweet items, a teapot cocktail and your choice of tea/coffee at the end.

Pretty teapots!
Clockwise (L-R):
Sencha Quince Fizz, Silent Night, Santa’s Little Helper, Rudolph’s Nose
How cute are the teapots? I loved the floral pink one :) So pretty….

Sencha Quince Fizz

Silent Night

(Thanks to Steph for the pouring action!)

L-R: Rudolph’s Nose, Silent Night, Santa’s Little Helper

I liked the strong passionfruit flavour of the Sencha Quince Fizz cocktail, but my favourite was Rudolph’s Nose. It was a mix of rhubarb, cherries, vodka and turkish apple tea – it was lovely and sweet and not too strong. Silent Night was a chocolate liqueur, combined with espresso and peppermint tea. It wasn’t too bad, it just tasted like coffee with a slight twist! The one that didn’t exactly please the crowd was Santa’s Little Helper. It was a mixture of crushed berries, bourbon and mixed fruit tea – sounds odd, and indeed tasted odd. It was very strong and it was funny to watch people’s reactions after taking a sip i.e. not pretty!

Tiers of Christmas goodies arrive!

And foodbloggers attack!

Sandwiches, Chicken & Pistachio Galantine, Ham & Roast Onion Frittata, Baby Red Peppers stuffed with Goats Cheese

Sandwiches: Turkey & Cranberry, Baby Prawn Mayo with Sprouts, Honey Roasted Leg Ham with Mustard Pickle

I was pleasantly surprised by the stuffed baby pepper and the frittata from the savoury tier. I’m not a huge goat’s cheese fan, but I quite enjoyed the little pop in my mouth of the cheese. I remember seeing Suze guiltily and slowly savouring her stuffed baby red pepper!

Scones

Scones, White Christmas Rum Ball Truffles

The scones here were soft and fluffy, even though they kind of looked more like a bun to me! But they were very enjoyable especially lathered in cream and jam. But, nothing compares to the scones at The Tea Room – definitely the best scones I’ve had!

Macadamia Nut Brownie

Sour Cherry Custard Tart, Fruit Mince Tart

The selection of sweets was just the right amount to cap off the afternoon. I had never tried a macadamia brownie before, and I loved it. The tarts were also delicious with their buttery short crusts. How could anyone resist such miniature treats?!

Tea Selection

We ordered a selection of teas to finish off. We sipped our teas, chatted, lazed on the comfy couches and listened to the lovely jazz as the sun shone on us. A lovely afternoon with some lovely ladies (check out their blogs for more details and pics)!


Overall:
The service is not exactly the drawcard, but The Loft is in a great location, and definitely worth looking into if you’re looking for something a little bit different. It’s a great place to lounge about and catch up with girlfriends.

The Loft
3 Lime St, King St Wharf,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9299 4770

High Tea only available on weekends
Traditional High Tea – $35
High Tea with a twist – $45 (including a teapot cocktail/glass of sparkling wine)
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