The Art of Tea and Scones.
Last weekend in Canberra, the Lodge and Government House had their Open Day organised by the Australiana Fund which acquires artistic and historical works for the Prime Minister and Governor General’s residences. On such a lovely, sunny day the queues were rather long so we decided to return another time, making sure we arrived much earlier in the day. Now it was time for a light lunch at the popular cafe at the National Gallery of Australia and the Fred William’s Exhibition. The NGA has an excellent preview of his works here where you can check out the exhibition ‘rooms’. I prefered the later landscapes under Sea Change and Later Works, see what you think.
Our days’ highlight was at Adore Tea, Gold Creek where it’s best to book beforehand. We were rather fortunate to have the cosy lounges right by the fire, and enjoyed our first Sconquest DIY Tea by the Keep Calm Poster. Adore’s High Tea was booked out again but our DIY Tea is much more flexible, personalised and much cheaper! We were able to book a time that suited us, choose a variety of delights from the menu which we shared, together with our choice of teas or coffee. On Sundays, there’s even a Jazz Band which ads to the atmosphere without being too invasive. The staff are extremely helpful with the menu and teas and make sure they are brewed correctly. Of course we had to have the Adore scones with boutique jams, and after much consideration decided on Dutch Proffertjes and Raspberry Dacquoise which was plenty and thoroughly delightful. Our Teas included Devonshire Cream, Imperial Spice and Chai.
What I pity my memory card was still in the computer! Next time there’s a Sconquest DIY Tea we must have Adore Scones and Dutch Profftjes again, with possibly the Citrus Tart, Chocolate Brownies, Pear and Raspberry Cake or perhaps the Apple Pie and try some different teas or even the Hot Chocolate with a cinnamon scroll or chilli. More Keep Calm Posters here.
Here’s Adore’s tips for making perfect tea but it depends on the type of tea your brewing. Let me know if you give a DIY Tea a go!