I can’t think of anything more poetic than combining a love for food with a love of art. Two weeks ago I wrote about the Tom Robert’s exhibit that is on until the 28th March at the National Gallery of Australia. You can imagine my delight when I received an email inviting me to try out their high tea and visit the exhibit again. Those of you who know me well, know that I love high tea. My mum has been taking me out for high tea ever since I can remember. Indeed it has become our ‘thing’. So as soon as I received the invite, I immediately checked if mum could come down from Sydney and be my date. 


Wedgwood have partnered with the gallery for this event. Everything on the menu was inspired by the Tom Robert’s exhibit, transporting you back in time to the era when he painted his paintings – but, of course, with a modern twist. The cake tiers contained a variety of tiny cakes and sandwiches. There was your traditional ribbon sandwiches such as chicken and mayonnaise, which had been made a little more fancy as it was ‘citrus poached chicken’, and cucumber sandwiches which had the refreshing addition of lime and sour cream.


My favourites of the cakes were the Petite Peach Melba cake with white peach buttercream and the jam drop shortbread tarts with lavender sugar. They must’ve whipped the buttercream because it was like eating air with a subtle peach flavour.


The beautiful Melba Peach Cakes with a sweet little daisy on top.

And the shortbread – oh my! The best shortbread I’ve ever tasted. It had a light sugar crust and the jam had been pushed all the way down through the center so you had a little bit of jam with every bite.

TomRoberts_HighTea_Shortbread A close up to see the jam has been pushed through the middle

A close up of the center of the shortbread so I can prove my point.

The star of the high tea was definitely the scones. They were light, and while they achieved the perfect short consistency, they weren’t crumbly either. I’m seriously contemplating asking for the recipe but I have this feeling they won’t be parting with their recipe any time soon.


The Wedgwood Tea Room is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm on Level 2 Mezzanine at the National Gallery of Australia. You can make a booking through ticketek, when you make your booking for the Tom Roberts exhibit, or alternatively you can email cafes@nga.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6711. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go to the Tom Roberts exhibit to experience high tea, and they also offer a lunch menu!


Such a peaceful setting for lingering over the delightful treats on offer.

Written by Nadia


Jo @ You had us at hello

Stoppit!!!! This looks divine and right up my ally!! Having said that I’ve not been to many. Harrods a few times and a bar in Perth for a hen’s party. I bet it tasted as good as it looks xx

Anna @ shenANNAgans

Hands down, one of the best foodie experiences I have ever done, those chicken sandwiches and the scones. Drool. So much deliciousness. And the tea, it tasted so much better when consumed from those pretty little cups. I have been twice now, and had hoped to get back 1 last time before the exhibition closes.


You are so right about combining food and art!! What a wonderful high tea experience…and for the second time. That’s great. The view and the little bites look delicious. I’m sure you had a wonderful time.

Janice Taggart

What a delightful experience … for both the eyes and the palate!


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