So we Humans of the Brochure were thrilled to be invited to our very own High Tea at the Hyatt as our last official Discovery event organized by Visit Canberra.
Walking down the staircase into the Atrium, the feast began for our eyes. What a first impression!
Long tables were piled high with flaky pastries, savory hors d’oevres, delicate pastel-hued slices of multi-textured cakes, miniature creme brûlées with the crunchiest caramel tops. So many choices.
The barrister made a cracker cup of coffee to order and Lerida Estate Wines was there partnering the high tea with their wine. Lerida Estate has been crafting wines of a high caliber for 17 years. Their winery was designed by top architect Glenn Murcutt to blend in with the stunning Lake George region. Lerida Estate ebraces the Canberra Region Truffle Festival which is on now. There are planty of events they are holding and the most exciting that they are part of in my opinion, is the Truffle Degustion Dinner for which they are providing matching wines.
As part of the Poachers Way, Lerida Estate have a full calendar of events for the Fireside Festival ( http://thepoachersway.com.au/fireside-festival/ ) kicking off on the 3 of August with lunch at Lerida Cafe and live music. Visit their site here to find out more. http://www.leridaestate.com.au/
And now, back to the Hyatt. As part of our visit, we were taken to rarely seen areas. We were given a tour of the Presidential Suite. It goes alright. Ok- let’s be honest. It was amazing. It is bigger than my house.
The bathroom! The design was all symmetry and tricks of the eye. There was a shower, a spa bath and a sauna in there.
I felt a little powerful sitting at the desk in the office where powerful political decision makers have sat.
Our charming guide happily took us through the kitchens and what struck me there was the camaraderie and well-being that the Hyatt Hotel fosters amongst its emplyess. On the pinboard was a little list of upcoming activites for staff. I didn’t photograph it, but made me happy.
Speaking of making me happy, Stuart, who will have been the piano man at the Hyatt a whole quarter of a century by the end of 2014, is a delightful character. He brings such personality to the tea room and he was friendly and interactive, looking to find songs we could all sing along to. We especially came alive to Piano Man! He knows lots of the repeat guests and can greet them by name which I thought was awesome!
While you may not be able to book the Presidential Suite, I highly recommend the High Tea which you can book here: http://www.canberra.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/TheTeaLounge.html .
If breakfast is more your thing, the Hyatt’s buffet breakfast has a vast range of savoury and sweet brekky options.