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.
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
Telephone: 08 9272 8894
Address: Tranby House, Johnson Road, Maylands