The Terrace Hotel, 237 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Phone 9214 4444.
High tea … A family gathering at the Terrace Hotel for their famous high tea was perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon. The hotel is gorgeous, built in 1892 and formerly called Bishop’s Grove, then St George House. The hotel is dwarfed by the office towers around it but it warmed my heart to know it’s still there, Perth has lost so many great buildings. They have 15 guest rooms and suites, as well as the restaurant and bar.
The high tea is expensive at $58.00 a person, which included a glass of Pommery Champagne. But special family occasions are worth celebrating. We were welcomed with a friendly smile and shown to our table, with water following soon after. And, a while later, the food arrived.
There were tempting treats on a three tier stand but for some reason the assortment didn’t excite me. There were the obligatory scones, jam and cream which were tasty. A passionfruit tart, a lemon meringue tart and a chocolate coffee torte. All very rich. With the stand out being the passionfruit.
And, on the savoury side, sandwiches and mini quiches. For me, the savoury items were a bit of a let down. The dark rye bread was a little stale but the other sandwiches were a lot nicer. The quiches were a bit bland, except for the mushroom one, which was exceptional.
Tea was included and a “tea menu” was offered with pots of brew soon delivered. The green tea with jasmine pearls was really special. I would return just to have it again. Over all, it was a very pleasant time with family but the food could have been a little more exciting. When I think of high tea versus a buffet, pretty sure my preference would run to a buffet, so I could choose my favourites.
Situated on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Mount Street in the ‘West End’ of Perth’s CBD, The Terrace Hotel encompasses the heritage listed St George’s House.