Built in 1885, the grand Boronia House was originally one of two almost identical mansions built on four acres of land. These days, only one of the mansions remain, and after being used for varying purposes over the last 150 years, was refurbished in 2012 by Mosman Council, preserving a slice of Mosman heritage for the people. Boronia Tea Rooms is the latest reincarnation, and to this the property is well suited. Set in the beautifully and well-maintained Reservoir Park, the rooms are adorned with chandeliers and is bright and airy with polished floors and French doors opening onto alfresco dining on the wrap around verandah. Although the outdoor area is lovely, still there are only about 30 metres of lawn separating you from hectic Military Road and your scones. Although not on the website, scones, jam and cream with a bottomless pot of tea is available. Mosman Catering are the latest outfit in charge (different to when I first visited in 2012), and the ‘Devonshire Tea’ on the menu, seems to be a mini High Tea. If it’s just the scones you are after, don’t hesitate to ask. A friend passing by the property alerted me to the fact they offer a $10 scone special. In saying that, don’t go in hungry. The scones, although fresh and crispy, are literally bite size. The jam is average, neither good nor bad, but this property is deserving of better. The cream is thick and chilled, and far surpasses the jam in quality. The vibe, decor and Cristina Re teacups are a standout.
Tea: An arms long list of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot with refills.
Overall: The historical property and gardens are a perfect location to take tea.
Location: 624 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 Ph: 02 9968 3311 boroniatearoom.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2016