Wellington: High Tea at James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

During our trip to Wellington, my friends and I had a lovely spa ritual at James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and we opted to have their high tea afterwards for $22.50. A decently priced meal which includes unlimited coffee and a good selection of herbal teas.

Bottom Tier – Meat Savories and Mini Sandwiches with Olives (egg salad, vegetarian, salmon)

Middle Tier – Lemon Tart, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Brownie and Cheesecake

Top Tier – Chocolate-dipped Strawberries, Raisin Scones (with whipped butter & jam) and Shortbread

The egg and salmon sandwiches were nice and the mini mince pies were superb. The warm scones were soft and was delicious with the pulpy jam. The chocolate-dipped strawberries were mouth-watering but they only gave us two instead of three. We didn’t really enjoy the selection of desserts in the middle tier. The chocolate mousse was on the dry side and the small slices tasted ‘like fridge/refrigerated’ as described by my friends and you can tell as there was some condensation on them. The best part of the high tea would have to be the tea. The way they served the tea was rather extravagant but the variety was fantastic and can be brewed to your liking.

A very pleasant high tea experience. Inexpensive and cheaper than what is offered in Auckland. Granted, the desserts could have been better but it is still miles ahead of the high tea offered at Cin Cin on Quay. I would gladly come back next time when I’m in Wellington.

Date: Sunday 23rd October, 2011 | Location: 147 The Terrace, Wellington CBD | Food: High Tea

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