It was up to me to organise our Father's Day celebration this year. Normally I'd organise a pub lunch or somewhere that the blokes could get their chops around a big steak, but I decided to do something a bit different. I went all posh, and booked a High Tea at the stunning Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountains.
My theory was that not many people would take their Dads for a High Tea on Fathers Day, so I thought the place would be quiet. But boy was I wrong - the Wintergarden at the Hydro Majestic was pumping full of Dads! The Wintergarden is the stunning room where you take High Tea, and apparently it is packed every weekend. So make sure you book a your High Tea in advance - and if you need a high chair, ask for one when you are making your booking. Or advise them that you will have a pram, so that they place you at a table near the door where it will be easier to manoeuver it.
However, if you do end up sitting near the door, you will miss out on the wonderful view. The Wintergarden has sweeping views over the Megalong Valley, which is what makes the Hydro Majestic so special - that and the gorgeous luxe furnishings.
I was worried how our lads would cope being in a posh joint - we don't do posh too often with them. But they were absolutely fine - because I made sure I took along loads of entertainment for them (tablets and activity books). This is not the sort of place where you can let your kids wander around, so make sure you take entertainment with you as well, as there's no point paying all of this money for a decadent high tea if you have to scoff it down quickly because your kids are causing grief to other diners.
Unlike some hotels, the Hydro Majestic produce a High Tea stand just for little people. The Children's High tea includes pikelets with jam and cream, assorted soldier sandwiches, and a selection of sweet treats. The pikelets were a big hit, as were the sweets (on this occasion they were macarons in the shape of a lady bug, petite honey joys, chocolate mousse and a caramel slice). What didn't go down so well were the soldier sandwiches, as quite a few of them had marmalade as a filling. And as my boys don't share the same love for marmalade as Paddington Bear does, they were left uneaten. I'm thinking honey or strawberry jam may have been a better option.
The Children's High Tea costs $35.00 and includes a tea or hot choclate. Just to let you know, we asked for a soft drink instead of the hot drink for the boys, and we were charged for it on top of the $35.00 price tag!
There are 4 different High Tea choices for adults (and they also can provide a gluten free option):
Our High Tea stand was both decadent and delicious. The scones were perfectly baked (although a tad more cream would have been appreciated), the sandwiches were fresh and very tasty, and the warm savoury items were full of flavour. The top layer was my favourite, as there were tiny lemon meringue tarts and choux pastries, a rich chocolate slice and the creamy chocolate mousse topped with fairy floss and cream was just heavenly.
After our High Tea experience, we had a wander around the grounds of the Hydro Majestic - the views are spectacular, and we also discovered a charming gift shop as well. The Boiler House Cafe is also on site, and it looks like a good place to take kids too for a casual lunch. If you are lucky enough to be staying at the Hydro Majestic, they do provide children's meals in the Wintergarden of an evening ($30.00 for 2 courses).
So tell me parents, do you do posh with the kids? If so, where do you go?
Great Western Highway, Medlowbath NSW
02 4782 6885
Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm
Sat-Sun: 10.30am - 3pm