Peninsula Tea Gardens, Maylands


Peninsula Tea Gardens tea room is located next to the Tranby House, the only surviving 19th century farmhouse in Perth (having been built in 1839).  The tea room serves breakfast, lunch and the latest fad of which I am beginning to get very fond of – afternoon tea, termed ‘high tea’.  I have been hearing great reviews about this place and their scrumptious offer of scones and tea.  Having been recommended to me left, right and centre, my curiosity and tastebuds were aroused and it became the top place in my list of ‘must visit’.  The chance came when my ex-colleague decided to have her hen’s celebration there – yay, perfect!

The tea room is set by the Swan River and has an absolutely delightful tranquil atmosphere, sun pouring gently over the tables, light breeze across the face and with an exquisite setting of chandelier, trinketries, white linen, silvers and finebone china, you almost feel like you have been transported back to the Elizabethan era.  It was lovely and very peaceful.

Outdoor setting   

We were there for the Parisian Afternoon Tea which costs us $38 each ($33 on a weekday).  Bookings are recommended as they do get quite fully booked on the weekends.  For the tech-savvy out there, online booking is also available.

Before we get to the contents of the afternoon tea, let’s have a read of what the Peninsula Tea Gardens have to say about it…

Afternoon Tea was introduced by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting (1783 – 1857).  She was said to have experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ mid afternoon, hence ‘Parisian Afternoon Tea’ soon become a fashionable, social repast amongst ladies of ‘High Society’. 

And now to the menu…what do you get with a Parisian Afternoon Tea?

  • Tea Sandwiches – Cucumber & cream cheese, Roast beef and horseradish, Smoked salmon & salmon mousse, Leg ham & Dijon mustard
  • Cream Scone (yay!) served with strawberry preserve and whipped cream
  • Assortment of French style cakes & Petit fours

All these presented on a stunning three-tiered curate stand together with finebone china and silverware and served with a Pot of tea of your choice (Tea leaves include English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Kenilworth, Buddha’s Tears) or Coffee.  For this occasion, we also had some Champagne!


And now to the three-tiered goodies…

Close up of the three-tiers…


Awesome high tea!  I was so full at the end of it and the tiny little cupcakes were delish with their smooth and creamy icing! Yum Yum!  Service was great and friendly that afternoon – I had a great time.  This is a must try for those looking out for high tea spots!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Peninsula Tea Gardens
: 08 9272 8894
Address: Tranby House, Johnson Road, Maylands

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18 thoughts on “Peninsula Tea Gardens, Maylands

  1. Great post, NL. I enjoyed high tea at Peninsula Tea Gardens about 3 weeks ago and it was utterly delightful. The only problem: not enough cucumber sandwiches!

    H :)

    • Thanks Hannah! I loved their scones and cupcakes! I know what you mean..I wanted more..they should make bigger servings!

  2. Everything looks better when served in tiers. I love all the servingware, makes me want to go op-shopping to look for such hidden treasures! Obviously this post also makes me hungry for afternoon tea :)

    Thank goodness you weren’t actually transported back to the Elizabethan era. Those dresses are so bosomified I’d be too scared to lean over for some sandwiches in case of a wardrobe malfunction.

      • Thanks Conor! I crave for them scones and cupcakes everytime I look at the photos! Wish I could have some now too for dessert haha must go try’s awesome!

  3. Hi Natasha, your post has now made me hungry again!

    I’ve read so much about this place – now I can see why this place is popular. $38 is about the average price for a high tea and for what you get, it looks like it is worth it!

    Those tea cups are really cute! I feel so girly right now, but they are! Also there’s nothing wrong with extending your pinky finger whilst sipping hot tea! :)

    • Hi Devan, thanks for your comments..your comment cracked me up! You should try it and let me know what you think! =)

  4. I’m so glad someone has finally reviewed the High Tea there…I’ve only had the most disastrous experiences with high tea in Perth so am terribly excited to schedule a visit to Peninsula! Is it possible to survive solely on a diet of miniature cakes?

    • Hello! If you are after something more, try the Buffet Hi-Tea at the Conservatory in the Hyatt hotel..that’s the best! It’s $45 (with champagne) and you can eat as much as you want! I’ll post a review on that soon..I love hi-tea there especially their famous sticky date pudding!

  5. I just went today with my mum. The scones are soooo yum!!! The scones were moist and soft and with the cream and jam… Match made in heaven. The sandwiches were also yum… Liked the ham and relish ones the best.
    The cakes were only so so. Had a passionfruit cheesecake and pineapple cake.
    We had green and white tea with our peninsula tea (we didn’t get a chance to pre-order the parisian one).
    We should go together one of these days… Or better still find a spot in Sydney that does hi-tea :)

    • Yay glad you liked it! I know, let’s research where is the best place to have hi-tea in Sydney! I think the place where we are going for Jen’s bday will be good though. Can’t wait!

  6. Wow! It’s like we went to two different places for high tea :( I know management has changed at the Peninsula but people seem to still think it’s great. Can’t help but think we went on a bad day or if mid-week services is no-frills…
    Love to hear from people who have been very recently and got served exactly what your pics showed. That was exactly what we were hoping for but we got a less stunning stand of food :(

    • hi Monica,
      the photos were taken just about a year ago and I haven’t tried the high tea since then. However i’d went back for the scones and they are still good! I’ll let you know if I hear anything about the food and whether they have changed recently! Sorry to hear about the downgrade in stand of food.

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