The Art of High Tea

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At Archer & Hobb, high tea is elevated to a fine dining experience. By Julie Miller. 

 The ritual of High Tea is a time-honoured tradition in the Blue Mountains, with the indulgent brunch activity as much a part of our landscape as dramatic cliffs and misty valleys. 

The newest High Tea offering in Katoomba – served at Archer and Hobb Fine Tea Merchants in Katoomba Street – elevates the experience further by presenting a high-end dining experience with exemplary service and the world’s best teas.

At Archer and Hobb, the emphasis is on creating a unique experience, with a premium standard of service. The belief of chef Hugh Jones and his Managing Director wife Leah is that High Tea is not merely tea and cake, but a chance to indulge in fine food and civility.

“We noticed in the Blue Mountains that many venues opt for a low-key service and relaxed dining,” explains Leah Jones. “Very few venues have tried to offer a premium dining experience in an environment where you can relax and enjoy being waited on.

“At Archer and Hobb, we are not trying to be 'all things to all people'. We offer a premium dining experience for those guests who want a more traditional approach to enjoying either a brunch or high tea, in an elegant atmosphere,” Leah says.

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A stand-out feature of Archer and Hobb is the use of TWG teas. TWG teas are usually only available in the finest five-star hotels around Australia, but Archer and Hobb have been fortunate to be the first non-hotel brand to secure the rights to sell TWG teas and products in Australia.

“TWG tea is the most awarded tea company in the world and have an offering of over 800 teas,” Leah says. “Whilst we carry a limited selection of these teas, we are constantly bringing in new flavours and blends and offering guests a chance to try a different blend than they may have been used to.”

Customers at Archer and Hobb are encouraged to dress to the nines and enjoy the luxury. The signature experience is the Champagne High Tea offering guests four tiers of cuisine, a flute of Pol Roger champagne and a pot of TWG premium loose leaf tea.

They also offer a brunch service with favourites like all day bacon and eggs, pancakes and Caesar salad for those guests who want to experience a more formal dining atmosphere to enjoy a late breakfast or lunch. They are also fully licensed with a wide variety of drinks on offer from beautiful local wines to elegant cocktails.

The brunch service is available from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday. High Tea is from 11.30am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Bookings are essential for this service.

1/11 Katoomba St, Katoomba. T: (02) 4782 9538;




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