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High tea at Sheraton on the Park: a review

Travelling around Australia for the last fifty plus years, Jan T Baillie can tell you of some of her favourite places to visit.


Afternoon tea is a forgotten indulgence

Do you love to relax and be waited on in luxurious surroundings? Is tea served with a sense of old time elegance what you like?

Afternoon tea at Sheraton on the Park in Sydney is an occasion. We recently stayed at the hotel, and enjoyed the delights of the Gallery Tea Lounge, not once but twice during our stay.

Delicious treats and thoughtful service, let me tell you about it.

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Comfort and luxury

and wonderful service

Recently we had to go to Sydney to participate in a legal conference in our lawyers' rooms, so we decided to go the day before so we were rested and fresh for the meeting.

We found a hotel very close the law firm's offices (one block away) and booked our stay at Sheraton the Park in Elizabeth Street.

After our two hour trip, we decided to have a coffee and went down to the foyer to see where we might do that.

The Gallery Tea Lounge caught our eye, so...


Photograph courtesy Sheraton on the Park


A charming waitress seated us

and proffered a menu

Sinking into the comfort of the tub chairs, we browsed the menu, while the lass brought cutlery and linen serviettes to us, along with water to sip.

The view across to Hyde Park was attractive, as was the interior of the lounge.

There were tea stands and individual menu items.

It was very hard to decide, but in the end Bob had a selection of freshly baked scones with jam and King Island (Tasmania) cream, while I chose scrumptious tiramisu.

The presentation was absolutely artistic, and the taste divine.

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What the Sheraton says

Quote from the website:

"Experience 'high tea' in timeless surroundings at The Gallery Tea Lounge, located on Lobby level. Create your own contemporary or traditional high tea stand with your choice of Vittoria espresso coffees, fragrant Twinings fine leaf teas or rich Max Brenner drinking chocolate. There is also an afternoon tea buffet available on weekends."

Taste the delights from a tea stand - for two or more


Photograph courtesy Sheraton on the Park


Plates were whisked away

as soon as we finished with one

Swiftly and silently, the used plates disappeared, and more selections were offered to us.

We felt pampered and indulged.

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Make your own heavenly treats - from Amazon

Reading nook for you

Read the paper, or browse among the books while you sip your tea or hot chocolate.

Photograph courtesy Sheraton on the Park website

When can you enjoy the delights?

From the website:


Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Atmosphere: Chic eatery

Setting: Lobby Level

Phone: (61)(2) 9286 6650

Do you have to be hotel guest to visit?

Of course not, but it IS a lovely place to stay.

You can sample all the treats on offer at The Gallery Tea Lounge in Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, whenever you come to our great city.

Stay at Sheraton on the Park - You'll love it!


Where is Sheraton on the Park? - In Sydney

Visit Sheraton on the Park - website

Book your stay, take advantage of special offers...

Luxury accommodation

at the Sheraton

This is how our room looked. Tastefully decorated and a sumptuous special bed, that Sheraton is very proud of. Sweet dreams indeed.

Photograph courtesy Sheraton on the Park website

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Some historical facts - about afternoon and high tea

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Enjoyed a Sheraton high tea yet? - You must!

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 04, 2009:

[in reply to annetteghallowell] Will afternoon tea ever be the same again?

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 04, 2009:

[in reply to bdkz] Thank you for saying that.

Annette Geiger on July 04, 2009:

I haven't had a Sheraton High Tea, but we just had High Tea at the Keswick Inn near Charlottesville. It was fun....but really expensive!

bdkz on July 03, 2009:


Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 02, 2009:

[in reply to LakeMom] I'm so pleased you think so. Thanks.

LakeMom on July 02, 2009:

Jan - wonderful lens!

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 02, 2009:

[in reply to EverythingMouse] Yes. Can't wait to go there again!

AlisonMeacham on July 02, 2009:

This looks lovely!

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 02, 2009:

[in reply to rms] It was such fun to eat at there.

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 02, 2009:

[in reply to CreativeArtist] Spoiled for choice aren't you, with that lovely selection?

Robin S from USA on July 02, 2009:

Now this is my cup of tea! Nice work!

CherylsArt on July 02, 2009:

The tea stand looks superb; it all looks very good. : )

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 02, 2009:

[in reply to BevsPaper] You're too kind,Bev. Thanks.

anonymous on July 02, 2009:

Lovely lens Jan!

Jan T Urquhart Baillie (author) from Australia on July 01, 2009:

[in reply to Heather426] It's so elegant isn't it? Thanks for the *s

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on July 01, 2009:

Great lens, I have enjoyed high tea in San Francisco and on Coronado Island near San Deigo, and love the idea and tradition. 5*

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