Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Searoad Ferries.
If you're looking for something a little different from the regular high tea offerings around town, Searoad Ferries offers a decadent and picturesque experience on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
The High Tea on the High Seas package is $40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience. Served in the Portsea Lounge, we indulged in an Afternoon Tea of exquisite cakes, desserts, scones and lovely sandwiches over barista made coffee.
We loved the elegant setting; white tablecloths, china and 180 degrees of unadulterated views.
The sandwiches were pleasant to eat and were kept deliberately simple.
The top tier was filled with delicious sweet treats which looked as good as they tasted. We especially adored the cheesecake. The rich cheesecake was beautifully made. Creamy, decadent with a crumbly buttery base. It was beautiful.
A key component to a successful high tea is good scones. These scones were delightfully light and buttery in flavour. The accompanying jam was delicious.
We were very pleased with the quality and standard of the offerings.
There are two vessels which operate from Queenscliff to Sorrento. The twin hull vessels are specially designed to operate in all weather conditions ensuring consistency of service for our customers. Each vessel holds approximately 80 vehicles and 700 passengers.
On both vessels, wide panoramic windows and numerous external observation decks highlight the natural beauty and man-made features of Southern Port Phillip.
During the crossing passengers enjoy views of lighthouses, historic fortifications, cliff top mansions, beacons and marine life such as dolphins, seabirds and occasionally whales.
The service has become one of Victoria’s major tourism experiences as well as a key section of Victoria’s road network.
The Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry offers a commendable and very well-priced High Tea option for Melbournians with a difference.
Upcoming Event: Special High Tea - Bubbles on The Bay
As part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry is offering Bubbles on the Bay which features a flight of local ‘bubbles’ accompanied by delicious treats created from regional produce. This special high tea ($50 per person) will be served in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge. Find out more here.