Sunday, November 8, 2009

High Tea in Kingsgrove

The petits fours after we had tucked in.

Blackamoor Confectioner and Tea Rooms on Kingsway, Kingsgrove was mentioned in the Herald a few weeks ago as a hidden gem. My husband surprised me with booking high tea there for my birthday this week.

The place is amazing! Like a portal into another world, completely at odds with the surrounding post WW2 suburb. It occupies one of Kingsgrove's few terrace houses and is a series of little rooms decorated in broadly French provincial style but incorporating china, mirrors, books, prints and clocks from the 19th, 20th and 21st century as well as some Dali references. The main room is festooned with swathes of orange and aquamarine chiffon.

We were the only patrons.

High tea started with champagne then we were brought a two tier stand of mouth watering savouries and sandwiches (including the obligatory cucumber). There was a short interval and we had a pot of Russian Caravan tea and more tiny sweet pastries & confections (including fresh raspberries and cream and tiny lemon meringue tarts). Everything was freshly made on the premises and completely delicious. There was much more than we could eat. When my husband sheepishly asked for a 'doggy bag' we were assured that no-one has ever been able to finish the spread!

At $47 a head our high tea was as expensive as a meal out but worth it for the experience and the ambience of Blackamoor's. A cheaper delight can be had by purchasing their exquisite hand made chocolates!

1 comment:

Senji said...

Kingsgrove eh? Might be worth a visit.