Whether you want to have a tête-à-tête or are celebrating in a group, the afternoon tea buffet in the heritage listed Tea Lounge at Hyatt Hotel Canberra with its sumptuous decor, comfy sofas and chairs is an established Canberra institution (and for good reason).
I always love coming to the Hyatt Hotel Canberra! The beautifully manicured front entrance, spacious lobby, filled with the hotel’s signature scent (stop and see if you can pick the fragrance next time you step inside) combined with the art deco architecture strikes just the right ambiance for me.
When I was recently invited there to experience an afternoon of luxury indulgence at FashionxHyatt – an event featuring fashion, high tea and champagne – I knew it was going to be a fabulous day!
I walked in and the Tea Lounge was filled with people clinking glasses and filling their plates from the array of savouries, finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and the selection of tempting sweet treats on offer at the afternoon tea buffet. There was an immediate feeling of tranquil luxury & indulgence. The tea buffet looked like a refined combination of Willy Wonka meets Mad Hatter’s tea party – full of beautiful desserts on one side and savouries on the other.
I got to meet some of the masterminds behind the iconic spread, Nitin Kumar, Director of Culinary & Gerold Astrein, Executive Pastry Chef. They said even regulars to the buffet will find something new every week, as they rotate the items available and experiment with new flavours. Some items always remain on the menu though (hello cucumber sandwiches & scones).
As I was ogling the buffet, the fashion portion of the afternoon was about to start. At this collaboration between Hyatt Hotel Canberra and Fashfest, Canberra designers Zilpah Tart, Sovata, Karen Lee and Braddon Tailors showcased some of their catwalk looks for 2016. Good things always happen when local creatives get together and this was no exception. The hallowed halls of the hotel made a perfect backdrop to the fashion.
I ended the afternoon indulging in some afternoon tea myself. We were set up in a cosy corner in the newly refurbished John Howard Room eating all the delicious food the chefs had imagined and created.
What you need to know:
Afternoon Tea buffet
Friday 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Afternoon Tea Monday to Thursday – select from the cake cabinet or family style for group bookings
Reservations Are Essential – to book call 6269 8810
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra
*Sophia enjoyed the day as a guest of Hyatt Hotel Canberra