June 8th, 2021High tea at Daylesford Bowling Club
THERE has never been a better time to indulge in a high tea – designed to take you away from reality and into a more pleasant era where people took time to sit back and indulge in decadent food and gentle conversation.
And if that sounds like you, then you can’t go past the high tea on offer at the Daylesford Bowling Club. We headed there last Friday and were seated by the friendly Jo Best at a table graced with beautiful, vintage crockery and then poured a lovely glass of bubbles.
Along with the sparkling wine, there is also a selection of T2 teas including a Melbourne breakfast tea, Earl Grey, pomegranate, chamomile and peppermint. Something for everyone, but as Jo explained, if coffee is more your thing, just ask.
After a couple of sips, bubbles for me, tea for Kyle, chef Lee Littlepage, the person behind this great idea, served our high tea. And just OMG!
For starters there are two giant scones with plenty of jam and cream. And then there are the other sweets – caramel mousse in a tiny cup, salted caramel macarons, Danish pastries, tiny chocolate eclairs, cute little chocolate and jelly slices.
But wait, there’s more. Over on the tiered peacock-design plates were smoked salmon and avocado sandwiches, egg and lettuce sandwiches, a brioche bun with ham and parmesan cheese, pea, mint and haloumi fritters with minted yoghurt, spinach and fetta filo parcels and beef empanadas. Oh, did I mention extra servings of jam and cream?
Everything was perfect. The scones were light and fluffy, the sandwich fillings delicious, the savoury fritters and parcels were flavour hits and then there were those amazingly good sweet offerings. Kyle dipped into his caramel mousse and nearly swooned. “A cup of heaven,” he declared. I loved the chocolate eclairs, my favourite “sometimes” food, and small enough to devour in one bite and feel no guilt. All up, a lovely way to spend an hour or so – with one of the best views in town.
High tea is on offer at the Daylesford Bowling Club on the weekend – but can also happen during the week on request. You must book at least 24 hours in advance and they can cater for any number of people, restrictions permitting of course. Lee changes the menu from time to time but it’s always going to be brilliant! The cost is $49 per person which includes a glass of bubbles and tea/coffee, which is really good value for some refined time out of this crazy world.
Daylesford Bowling Club is at 8 Camp St, Daylesford. Phone: 5348 2130.