When you live in the city, a day trip to the country is a glorious thing. However, once you’ve marvelled at the clean air, squinted at a few birds and photographed a few pretty plants, if you don’t want to trek, you can rapidly run out of things to do. So, not only is high-tea is a welcome addition to the to-do list, at the Hydro Majestic it becomes a gloriously indulgent way to spend the afternoon.
The Hydro Majestic is a building with history. Originally opened as a Hydropathic Establishment in 1904, the hotel has emerged from its multi-million dollar refurbishment as an opulent landmark in the Blue Mountains with its mix of architectural styles including Art Deco and Edwardian.
High tea is served in the Wintergarden. With its high ceilings, white tablecloths and wing-tipped chairs, it is the perfect setting for afternoon tea. The room has floor to ceiling windows which flood the room with light and take maximum advantage of the view. Perched on top of a valley, the view is spectacular and booking a table by the window is recommended.
Practical things aside, the high tea itself with its mix of sandwiches, scones and sweet things is more much more indulgent than that sounds. The sandwiches included a paper-thin sliced roast beef, rocket and cottage cheese sandwiches as well as a delicious egg and mayonnaise sandwich.
But to me, for any high team the true test of quality is the scones. You get two – one plain and one fruit version – and they are served warm which makes it easy to slather on the jam and clotted cream.
For afternoon’s like this, I might be spending a lot more time in the country.
Address: Great Western Hwy, Mellow Bath | Web: hydromajestic.com.au