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HOT: Tea Room, NGV International, Melbourne

If you've been following the blog for a while you'll know that I LOVE high tea. In fact, I'm renowned amongst my friends for having bottomless legs when it comes to sweets!

Lady AB has definitely caught the afternoon tea bug so now we enjoy jolly mummy-daughter dates road-testing children's high teas around Melbourne.

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As a family, we are regular visitors of National Gallery of Victoria but I confess that we rarely eat there. So our first time to the Tea Room on the first level of the gallery is for high tea.

The Tea Room is an elegant space, though it lacks natural light. The best tables in my view are actually the bar seating overlooking the entry foyer and the water wall. However, families are more likely to want to sit at a table and there's pram access in some of the outer tables and high chairs available.

Every day between 10-5pm the Tea Room offers a Sparkling high tea for $75, a non-alcoholic version of the high tea for $65 and a French high tea with a glass of Moet and Chandon for $85. For kids up to 12 years old there is a $25 children's high tea.

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Both high teas come with a drink of choice (a pot of tea for me, a hot chocolate for Lady AB) and a three-tier stand of savouries and sweets. The children's stand has about half the quantity of the food as the adult's version.

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The crustless finger sandwiches are fresh and generously stuffed with various fillings from curried egg to poached chicken and walnut. In fact, I'm full after just the sandwiches! Out of the savouries the sausage roll, with its wagyu filling and flaky butter pastry, is a standout.


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The sweets are not that exciting, to be honest, and the glass cabinet of delicacies looks better. Having said that, Lady AB is thrilled with her vanilla cupcake and chocolate lollipop.

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The large scones break open to reveal a fluffy interior perfect with clotted cream and jam.

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I take advantage of my NGV membership to get 10% off the bill and we leave full and happy. During busy periods such as weekends and school holidays its best to book your table so you don't miss out.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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