Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Getting high on tea

The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

So, last weekend (just to clarify, not the one that's just been but the one before that!) I decided to treat Mum to a special afternoon tea at the Heritage Hotel...any excuse to try their vegan high tea!! It was a pretty miserable day which meant our plans for a walk were dashed so we took the bus into town early and spent way too much money on shopping...although Mother and daughter shopping these days is more to the likes of
Macpac (I know some of the ladies on the homepage - just a little shout out to the Macpac Girls On Top!!) and Bivouac!

Anyway, after all that shopping it was time for food especially since I hadn't eaten lunch (I had a late breakfast in preparation!). I had called ahead so when we arrived it only took them a few minutes before we had this placed in front of us...

First up you've got to have sandwiches.

We've got wholemeal sandwichs with avocado, hummus and cucumber and white bread sandwiches with tomato, basil and vegan cashew cheese

Next up, we all need some sweet treats in our life.

We've got brownie bites, fruit tartlets, vanilla macaroons and chocolate dipper apricots.

But for the main event, and probably the thing I was most looking forward to, scones.

Cranberry, orange and ginger scones to be more precise, served with strawberry jam and soy cream!

Oh, and there was tea...because what is High Tea without, well, tea?!! It came in a teapot. No photos. Use your imagination.

Basically I think the photos pretty much speak for themselves. Mum loved it and I thought it was totally awesome although I did leave on a bit of a sugar high. My favourite was definitely the scones with cream and jam. Definitely a combination worth repeating. And it has inspired me to go out and buy some more soy cream and do "stuff" with it...what kind of stuff I don't know yet but I'm sure I'll come up with something!


  1. ZOMG WHERE IS THIS?!?! can you give me details? heritage hotel where? I hope this is in Auckland or Wellington as I'm going to be in both at the end of the month

  2. hey I found the details lower down THANKS! cant wait its SO EXCITING!

  3. Hi, I can't find anything about this on their site! Can you tell me when this is available and how much it would cost? Thanks, Amanda

  4. Wow, that looks amazing!
    Brisbane really needs to get it together on the vegan scene.

  5. Wowiewowiewow, I really need to get myself to a vegan high tea.

  6. Vegan high tea, is so so great, when I first saw the pics I thought maybe you were no longer vegan. That will teach me to try to skim through the post in google reader :-)

  7. Dearest, how wonderful! I'm so happy that you had not only a lovely, lovely selection of treats to enjoy but a pleasant day with your mum :)

    I'm so sorry for my lack of contact lately - it's been a bit of an adjustment, the full-time work thing, plus I only have limited internet and home and have had a bit of resurgence of carpal tunnel. But I want you to know that I think of you often and am hoping to steal my parents' mobile internet thingy soon so that I can hover on skype at night hoping to catch you :) xoxo

  8. Hi Carla and Amanda. It's in the Lobby Bar at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland city (which is just in the front area of the entrance lounge). It costs $21 per person and is only available between 2:30 and 4:30pm. You need to let them know in advance that you're coming so they can have it all prepared. More info here on the menu (scroll down about halfway).