Tranby House is a historic old homestead on the banks of the river, hidden away in Maylands. When you step onto the gravel path, you are not only transported back in time, but you feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of the city mere kilometres away.
A serving for four adults
The Peninsula Tearooms are located just metres across an expanse of lawn from Tranby House. The view across the lawn is a steep drop to the river, then across to an island covered with bush. It’s all very Australian – until the fine china is brought out.
High Tea at the Peninsula Tearooms has two major things going for it: at $38 it is about half the price of many of the high teas available in Perth ($33 on weekdays) and it is available all day, every day seven days a week.
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You have to book in advance with a $10 deposit and on weekends there are set times, but if you turn up on the spur on the moment, there is a still a full menu of scones, cakes and petit fours available.
The other lovely thing about the High Tea experience is that children have their very own ‘Tea Party’ option for $12.50 which includes a cupcake, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and a choice of drink (juice, milkshake, babychino). A note on the babychino – it comes served in a full sized coffee cup, making it the best value babychino I’ve seen in Perth.
The Children's Tea Party
Adults High Tea come served on the traditional silver tiered stand with finger sandwiches, fresh scones, and petit fours (brownie, macarons, shortbread, cupcakes). I would have preferred more savoury and less sweet, but there is no complaining about the quantity. Luckily they provide cute little boxes to take your leftovers home if you can’t finish.
Unlike some other High Tea, you have two drinks options during service – and the variety is enormous including loose leaf teas, all the coffees, iced teas, iced coffees and hot chocolate. You are welcome to BYO champagne or wine for a cost of $2.50 per person.
The tearooms are part of Peninsula Farm – one of the first farms built in Perth, and considering this old lady is now 176 years old, you should be forgiving of her gently crumbling edges. The fine china from England may have seen better days, and the silver tea service has years of experience, but this only adds to the shabby chic feel. This is not sparkling new, mirrored, deluxe, nouveau dining – this is genteel, comfortable and welcoming, from the large umbrellas shading the white wicker tables and chairs, to the friendly one-footed magpie who has adopted the tea room staff as her new family.
Children are welcomed and catered for – they have their own menu and there are plenty of high chairs available. But they are not entertained. There is no toy corner or colouring in –nor should there be. There is a big expanse of lawn (don’t let them go too near the edge) and that’s pretty much it.
While busy on weekends, weekdays are much quieter (especially at the beginning of the week). It would even make an easy (and delightful) little birthday party for three or four year olds who are not yet at school.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Peninsula Tearooms at Tranby House, 2A Johnson Road, Maylands.
Open Monday to Sunday 8am-5pm, including public holidays.
Phone: (08) 9272 8894