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Historic, heritage-listed Boronia House has stood proud on Military Road since 1885. A fine example of Sydney’s Victorian architecture, the building was first a private residence, then the Mosman Council library, and now, thankfully, it is open to the public as a restaurant and function centre. The focus here is on refined high teas in the British tradition, served seven days a week, and on lavish private functions and dining events. There are various rooms available for private hire, with the option of full venue hire for big, bold weddings and receptions. Dress code: dressy.
The food and service was excellent, there was no rush. The house, garden and interior decor amazing. The whole atmosphere was calming, spacious and elegant.
This is delightful retreat from the noise and concrete of Military Road and nearby shopping district. We sat on the verandah and were attended by efficient staff that kept chat to a courteous minimum. The high tea was what one should expect at the price paid. Champagne was a lovely addition, but knowing the price of wholesale at Dan Murphys or similar, it is expensive with a big margin built in. The tea selection was broad and catered for all our tastes. Overall, though an expensive indulgence, it was as effective as an hour's massage in providing a delightful recovery and relaxation from a busy week!
I was a bit disappointed about our visit. The food was nice, but did not blow us away, considering the steep price of $75 per person for high tea, including one alcoholic drink. The service was not very friendly and tea was served 40 minutes late. We will not go back and can't recommend it, sorry!
With the arrival of the Australian spring, Boronia House really blossoms – and we’re not just talking the verdant grounds that surround this historic former residence along Mosman’s Military Road. The interior of the House is a warren of luxuriously appointed rooms capable of accommodating parties of all sizes. However, there’s nothing better than sitting down on Boronia House’s wraparound verandah, complete with Victorian ironwork filigree, for a high tea on a sunny Sydney afternoon. Complete with a glass of sparkling Australian white wine, executive chef Emmanuel Herrera and pastry chef Tim Egan have awed thousands of guests with their creations.
Stepping up to Boronia House’s front door is like stepping into another time, a time when Britain, the Commonwealth and Australia were much more closely linked in the national psyche. The proprietors of one of Sydney’s most sought after function venues like to encourage their guests to dress up for a visit, whether the occasion is one of the restaurant’s popular British-style high teas or you’re a guest at a private party. Boronia House’s advice regarding the dress code is not intended to ratify some stereotypical Mosman, Sydney snobbery – not at all, my dears. It’s simply to reinforce the pleasure of that most Victorian of pastimes, taking high tea in the grounds of a stately home. Dressing up befits the ceremony. Here, guests who play along are treated to delights like mini creme brulee, English trifle, orange cakes and a passion fruit marshmallow domes. Special occasions like the Queen’s Birthday puts the kitchen and scullery into overdrive as they whip up lashings of classic Pimms cocktails to accompany the long weekend spread.