Foodies

High tea anyone?

You might just spot a dolphin from these tea rooms in Port Fairy.

A few minutes out of the the historic seaside town of Port Fairy, you’ll find Time and Tide High Tea in an unassuming contemporary style pavilion perched right on over the water with views of the Southern Ocean.

Dolphins are known to swim around the beach at the front and, in winter, there’s a good chance of seeing a whale.

You could be forgiven for mistaking the property for a high end spa, but I guarantee the sensory delights that await you are just as good as any facial or massage.

Time & Tide tea rooms offer a spectacular champagne High Tea experience with a towering assortment of cakes and savouries all with a magnificent view.

The traditional tea room concept has been given a modern twist with the cheerful decor that still manages to feel very elegant. Touches of whimsy like 3D butterfly wallpaper and deconstructed lampshades, ensure there is no hint of stuffiness. I’d describe the style as ‘Alice in Wonderland grows up’.

Our experience

We were seated next to one of the many picture window which perfectly framed the ocean view, I loved watching the waves crash over the shore as I sipped my tea, it was very meditative.

After being seated we were presented with a glass of pink bubbles (Emma was offered a sparkling apple juice) and the tea menu. I love anywhere that has a large offering of teas, and I selected a delicate Darjeeling, while the Mr chose a robustly flavoured Russian Caravan. Espresso coffee is also on offer if tea isn’t your thing.

And then the tower of treats arrived, four tiers overflowing with a spectacular selection of hot and cold savouries, cakes, scones, tarts, brownies, mousses and the most amazingly pretty cream filled meringues I’ve ever laid eyes on!

The food

Everything is homemade on premises, and I can assure you it all tasted as good as it looks. The serving sizes were very generous and we actually had a few leftovers which the host was happy to wrap up for us to enjoy on the drive home back to Melbourne.

Although I do enjoy sweets, my afternoon tea preferences always skew savoury, which was extremely well catered for. I especially enjoyed the delicate finger sandwiches and home made sausage rolls.

On the other hand, my dining companions only had eyes for the sweets, and poor Emma had an almost unbearable wait while I took all the photos required.

Did I mention the meringues? So good! Emma still talks about them and we all can’t wait to go back.

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Cintia Gonzalez-Pell

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Melbourne based Cintia is a passionate traveller, with an incurable case of wanderlust. She also loves exploring closer to home.

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