Rochelle Adonis High Tea, Highgate

Rochelle Adonis is a tea room and shop. You can buy various gifts and also a very tempting array of savoury but mostly sweet delights, including her famous nougat.

Rochelle Adonis made our wedding cake in 2006 and it was one of the best cakes we have ever tasted so I have been hanging out to try her high tea for ages! I used the excuse of my 40th birthday to finally go along.

Booking is essential for high tea. There are 2 dining rooms and you sit on communal tables. However, as I wanted to take a group of friends I decided to book out one of the rooms so that we could have our own space.

For the 2pm sittings you can be looking at booking months in advance if you want exclusive use of one of the rooms. I was lucky as I think they must have had a cancellation and got a room at about a month’s notice so it is worth a try.

Tea is served Tuesday – Friday 12 noon and 2pm and costs $49 per person. At weekends there are more sittings – 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm and costs $55 per person. Tea lasts about 1hr 45mins. Children are welcome but they pay the same price as adults and you would want to be confident they would be careful with the china!

I wanted a couple of hours of civilisation so on this occasion we left the kiddies at home. One friend brought her new baby but that was fine and they even had a private room with a sofa for her to feed in.

The exact menu for high tea changes depending on seasonal produce, etc. You do not make any choices other than for special diets (pregnancy, gluten free, vegetarian, etc). If you do have a special diet, you need to check in advance that they can cater for you but all of the above were fine for my party.

All the food is beautifully presented. Tea comes in 2 courses, one savoury, one sweet. There were 5 elements in each course all of which were lovely. When we went they were doing a breast cancer fund raising month so each element of the dessert was pink.

There is a choice of teas and each guest gets a tea menu. You can choose one for the first course and another for the second course. If you prefer you can also pay a little extra for rose lemonade or another soft drink from the list.

We had a really lovely afternoon at Rochelle Adonis and all the food was outstanding. The whole afternoon was beautifully done and every little detail was truly gorgeous from the vintage mis-matched china and accessories to the stunning fresh roses. I would certainly go again and I would love to take my daughter as a special treat when she is a little older.

Note: part of the tea rooms are set up with bar stool height chairs so if this would not suit you then you would need to discuss at the time of booking.


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