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High Tea at Sir Stamford, Circular Quay

“Let’s have high tea,” F suddenly suggested one day. I looked at him amused and wondered how many guys would voluntarily ask that, but booked us into Sir Stamford at Circular Quay at a respectable brunch time. So it came to a surprise that on the actual day, he pleaded with me to call it off because it was one of those horrible wet weekends.

“I’ll make you those finger sandwiches, scones and even those little desserts!” he wheedled. Unreasonably upset, I stubbornly refused (hard-hearted as I am) and there may or may not have been some pouting.

In the end, he caved (thanks for humouring me, F).

Too early for some sparkling? Never!

Too early for some sparkling? Never!

We decided to go with the Traditional High Tea at $49 per person, which includes a glass of sparkling wine (we had Curvee).

I mentally debated if it was too early for some sparkling, but quickly decided that it would never be too early for the gently sweet wine.

Finger Sandwiches

Finger Sandwiches

I’m a crust-lover; I love eating bread crusts, pizza crusts… the crunchier the better! But there is something about the finger sandwiches that makes me feel like it’s a special occasion (maybe because they’re crust-less haha). We were served four different kinds of sandwiches: roast chicken, cucumber with rocket, salmon dill, and ham with what tasted like horseradish and mustard seeds. Deliciously fancy.

Scones, Jam, and Cream

Scones, Jam, and Cream

It’s kind of funny how much F adores scones; he practically salivates every time he sees this picture. But I don’t blame him: warm, slightly crusty scones with sweet jam and delectable cream is just bliss.

What could be better than warm scones with strawberry jam and cream?



Oh wait, mini desserts that’s what!

There were actually macarons on the plate, but we kind of ate it before I took this photo (sorry). We learnt that the chef kind of decides on the day what desserts to put out and this time we got also got: Lemon tart, Glazed Peach and Mascarpone Tart, Coconut and Lychee Brulee with Pineapple and Mint, and Strawberry Mousse with White Chocolate (or at least I think he said mousse).

The coconut and lychee brulee was our favourite, hands down, though the order of the rest of the desserts were debatable. F really enjoyed the strawberry mousse and white chocolate because it tasted like strawberries and cream, while I thought the peach tart was better with its buttery tart, sweet peach, and custard hiding underneath.

Scones must be had with tea

Scones must be had with tea

Although we’ve been to quite a few high teas, I was a bit surprised when the tier came out before taking our tea choices. Our waiter explained that normally the sandwiches would be eaten first, followed by the scones (where it is when we order our tea) and the tea is served when we reach the dessert tier. Of course, he added, we could have the tea now if we wanted. Interesting! We opted to go with the flow, just to see if it worked better.

We decided that tea must be had with scones and so tried to hold off from polishing off the scones too quickly (it was most difficult, fluffy as they were). F opted for the full-bodied St James English Breakfast and I went with the Wild Cherry. Holy moly, I want to know where they get this tea! It smelt wonderfully like a sweet-sour dark red cherry, but the flavour’s quite subtle when you drink it. It hardly needed any sugar, though it did get quite bitterly strong near the end.

F was quite envious of my choice and ended up finishing it without meaning to haha.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

High tea at The Bar in Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is a cozy affair with huge armchairs you can sink into, great food and decent selection of teas.

And in the end, F was rather glad he did get *ahem* persuaded to go though I think it was the scones that cinched it for him hehe.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Ph: (02) 9252 4600 (for High Tea bookings)


    • We did quite enjoy it, but to be honest my preference is still having high tea at Tea Gunners’ Barracks and the Victoria Room.

      I went to a chocolate-themed high tea recent and that was probably one of the best time I had having high tea (I’m sorry I’m so slow, but that post is coming soon-ish… promise!)

  1. I really like the high tea at the Stamford! They said the same thing re having tea with dessert but I always ask for it at the start because I like to refill it throughout :-)

    • Haha I think I’d be doing that too next time – I think I’m too used to (and love having) tea with everything during high tea!

  2. I don’t think I’d ever be able to convince my boy to go to high tea with me, it’s way too ‘girly’ for his liking though I know he probably secretly likes all those little sweet treats. Love the Sir Stamford and it’s old world charm, wish I could live there and high tea everyday 😉

  3. That’s too cute! Jason is pretty fond of high tea too though he wouldn’t admit it with his mates lol but still a bonus for me as he’ll occasionally suggest a high tea session is needed :) I’m a crusty person too! But high tea sandwiches are my fav, they are quite special

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