Being an affecionado of High Tea and the Artisan biscuit and confection maker for Delovely Delectables, I was delighted to find an establishment with such perfection, in fact I have never had a High Tea of the standard offered by Antiquteas. After a relaxing drive up to Hahndorf through the beautiful autumn splendour of the Adelaide Hills, we reached our destination. Upon entering we were greeted and seen to our table in a very welcoming manner. After settling into our chairs we were offered a sparkling drink to begin our experience as we perused the descriptive menu of the teas on offer to accompany our food. THE FOOD:Our heart shaped tiered platter arrived with a delicious selection of home baked treats. Everything was so fresh & flavourful, the pastries delicate (the quiches were freshly baked and still warm from the oven). The sandwiches had the best fillings and were so fresh, the chocolate on the chocolate strawberry was of very good quality, the scones were featherlight, the strawberry eclairs were amazing ( the Pattisiere Cream filling was so light) and the raspberry tartlets were mouthwatering with a perfect blend of sweetness and tart berries. The quantities were perfect for a High Tea. THE SERVICE: Service was excellent and I particularly noticed the sensitivity of our hostess in the timing of her attention which was perfect, the wait for our tea and food was not too long and on the other hand, we certainly did not feel rushed. THE SETTING: Antiquteas has a decided French feel and is very elegantly and tastefully decorated. It is also very comfortable, the tables are not crowded together and the seating very comfortable.I also really appreciated the music selections being played which perfectly suited the environment and the occasion as well as creating a lovely ambience in the room. There were several other patrons there at the time I visited but there was none of the noisy cafe environment I have experienced at other venues. We were also served our tea in a beautiful silver pot, the china provided was authentic English Bone China and our drinking glasses were French style footed glasses.THE EXPERIENCE: Firstly it was an EXPERIENCE, a very special one..Secondly I was very impressed that even though our first visit to Antiquteas was in response to a Scoopon, we did not feel that our experience was in any way less than if we had paid full price (an important point having had previous experiences in other establishments where discrimination because of a Scoopon purchase has been very evident) FINALLY: Visiting Antiquteas was like finding a hidden treasure. Establishments of this quality with such attention to detail in every respect are very rare. I have a handful of business cards in my handbag to hand on as recommendations to friends and family and as for myself, well....when can I go again! One thing to take into account, book early especially for weekends as High tea & Dessert Bar at this establshment is getting to be very much in demand and will probably become more so as it becomes better known.
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