For the gluten free amongst us, it’s an absolute treat – you don’t have to miss out on anything.
Behold the tri-level cake stand for morning tea, (apparently the same as the afternoon tea) – everything you see here is gluten free. The menu outlines that the gluten free option consists of finger sandwiches, petit fours, sweet and savoury pastries made with buckwheat, quinoa, chickpea flour and that ubiquitous gf cake ingredient, almond meal.
The bread at the Tea Room is one of the best gluten free breads I’ve tasted, it holds it’s texture well, not crumbling to pieces like a lot of gf breads.
The few stray watercress were forgiveable…
These are the ‘savoury pastries’, spinach and cheese muffins and a scone – all gf of course.
The muffins were lovely and the scone, like the bread, held together well, with a smooth, springy texture. I have really missed scones with jam and cream in my gluten free life – there were no toppings for the scone here (they did offer to bring jam when asked) but it really didn’t need any, it was delicious on its own.
The little brown cupcake here is a mini-brownie, with a distinctive almond meal texture, very fudgey and chocolatey. The glass was a mini vanilla bean panna cotta with berries and the macaron was a delicate crispy perfect mango flavoured mouthful.
The top tier was a lemon cupcake, a jam cake and a coffee/chocolate layered number that I saved for last. Exquisite. It’s a sea of Royal Albert china with the clientele dominated by discerning ladies who love to lunch, including one or two solo adventurers dressed to the nines in their finery.
Packed on weekends, bookings essential.
The Tea Room
455 George Street
The Tea Room also has a sister tea venue on the Mosman headlands – The Gunners Barracks – also worth a visit.