Whitby’s High Tea – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor – REVIEW

Recently I had the pleasure of booking a high tea at the Whitby’s restaurant & bar with two of my lovely friends Rachel & Anna. There is absolutely nothing better than sitting inside on a cold, windy (it’s Wellington after all) and miserable day eating cake, pastries and delicious mango creme brûlée.
The Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar is located on the 17th floor of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor which sits on the terrace, the restaurant itself has a wall of windows which overlooks Wellington in all it’s glory (harbour views!)  The ambiance of the Whitby’s Restaurant leaves a little to be desired but it is mainly used as a restaurant for the guests of the James Cook Hotel, it has a  kind of conference vibe about it but overall it’s spacious and does the trick!

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A few days before I booked online through their website – it was incredibly easy and I highly recommend doing so if you’re not super keen on calling. The James Cook Chancellor Hotel is an easy find on the Lambton Quay stretch – there an alleyway/street called the James Cook Arcade and there is a lift located in there which will take you straight up into the reception floor. All you need to do is go up another elevator to reach the restaurant – again, fairly simple.

Offers & Prices:

  • Classic High Tea – $28.50 per person
  • High Tea with Bubbles – $36.50 per person
  • Kids High Tea – $17.00 per child

Whitby’s High Tea Menu – Classic High Tea

Bottom Tier:
Sandwiches (Egg & Cucumber – Smoked Salmon) , Tempura Prawns, Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Middle Tier:
Black Forest Gateau Cheesecake, Mango Creme Brûlée, Jasmine infused Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tea Cake, Hibiscus Strawberry Macaroon

Top Tier:
Blueberry Scones w/ cream and strawberry jam, Earl Grey Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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Bottom Tier Thoughts:
The bottom tier was fairly decent; I am vegetarian so I couldn’t eat two of the pieces (Salmon sandwiches & Tempura Prawn) but my two friends loved both especially the tempura prawns and I must say they did look pretty delicious! My favourite HAD to be the vegetarian sausage roll; on first inspection I did have to ask a staff member if they were vegetarian as they looked like real meat! I have never seen a vegetarian sausage roll with the colouring of meat – it was a lovely treat. The puff pastry was flaky, buttery and moreish, the meat inside was evenly spiced and was truly delicious.

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Middle Tier Thoughts:
The middle tier was my favourite – It was filled with all kinds of cakes and sweet treats. I thoroughly enjoyed the mango creme brûlée, it was like eating a creamy mango ice cream although it did lack that crunchy sugar layer that all creme brûlée should have. The black forest gateau cheesecake in theory sounded like an amazing idea but I found it to be a little lack luster; the cheesecake mixture itself was delicious and tangy but the cherries scattered in the mix tasted very odd, were they maraschino or glace – who knows? And there definitely wasn’t enough chocolate for my liking.

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Top Tier Thoughts:
By the top tier I was getting SERIOUSLY full; too much cake and not enough movement! I didn’t eat as much on of the top tier but thankfully I had company and they seriously loved the blueberry & white chocolate scones; I love the fact that they came with cream and strawberry jam if I wasn’t too full I would of had one! I only managed to eat one thing but I am so glad I did and that was the Earl Grey shortbread. It was perfection and probably my favourite piece of the High Tea; it was short, buttery and just melted in the mouth! Chocolate strawberries are just chocolate strawberries to me – they are lovely but nothing crazy exciting.

I don’t drink hot drinks (yes I am one of THOSE people) but my lovely friends did enjoy the unlimited supply of hot drinks – teas, coffee and hot chocolate. And I must say the staff were very attentive and talked us through all of our options which was the perfect amount of service for a high tea.

Here is the full menu for the High Tea

Overall thoughts:
Overall I think the Whitby’s High Tea was definitely good value for money – a classic high tea for one person values at $28.50 and for the service, food & unlimited supply of hot drinks; it was definitely a deal. This is my second high tea there and both times I enjoyed the overall experience and I also enjoyed the fact they have changed the menu since then first visit – it’s super important to improve menus especially over time.
I would give the Whitby’s High Tea seven scones with clotted cream and jam out of ten and I’ll definitely be back!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little review. After seeing Miss Charlotte Cake’s fantastic High Tea reviews I thought I would give it a go –  Check out Miss Charlotte Cake’s High Tea reviews here!
Let me know if you would like to see more reviews below.

AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017

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Well I’m not going to pretend like I’m some car aficionado but I do try to make it to the American Vehicle day every year even if it’s just to “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty cars. This year I went with my boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it and as I blogged it last year I thought I would blog it this year just to keep the tradition alive! When you live in Karori getting to Trentham is quite the mission ESPECIALLY if you don’t own a car so in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (10.30) we took our first form of public transport for the day – the first of many. After the first bus we set out on our journey – the Upper Hutt line (train) it was a forty + minute ride but it was pretty stunning, the first half of the trip overlooked the Wellington harbour and on a sunny day it looks incredible (by chance it was sunny for the first time this summer). Continue reading “AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017”

Wishlist Wednesday #2

Here we go again with the wishlist Wednesday! I am so pleased with how the last post went down, I loved hearing all of your wishlist items and might have bookmarked a few!
This weeks wishlist is heavily focused on spring – flowers, gingham and pink! My questions this week is: What are some of your fashion favourites for this month? And will you be dressing for the festive season? I haven’t added many of my festive wishlist items this week but starting December I will have A LOT!

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Outfit of the day + A little catch up!

First off I want to apologize for the lack of posts on here. I’ve been struggling to find balance with work and life stuff; being an adult is surprisingly difficult sometimes!  But here I am trying to get my blog back on track with a small and silly outfit of the day post.
I finished work around 4.30 so the boyfriend and I decided to head to the Botanical Gardens to take some photos, it was super windy and cold but the flowers were phenomenal. I reviewed this lazybones dress awhile ago and it has got to be one of my favourite dresses; it’s super comfortable and the print just screams vintage. And now that it’s officially Spring my signature bumper bang and floppy hat is back and I’m so ready to rock it (if the Wellington wind permits it)! Pro tip: if you ever struggle with vintage hair sets just whack a floppy hat on and it solves everything!
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WHITTAKER’S K-BAR CAFE

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After finishing up at work for the day last Friday I checked my phone only to see at least five different notifications about a pop up 10 day K-Bar Cafe. The K-Bar Cafe has been created in honour of the new Whittaker’s K-bar chocolate  that are available in three flavours; raspberry, pineapple and lime. If you don’t know what a K-Bar is – it’s a kiwi classic created by Whittaker’s, most of us growing up in New Zealand would buy them from local dairies or the local ice cream truck (Mr. Whippy) they were affordable and sweet – all you could want when you’re ten. They’re essentially a toffee bar in fruit flavours – they aren’t something you can eat in one sitting (in fact I don’t think I’ve eaten a full one)! I love Whittaker’s especially since I grew up around the corner from the factory and can still remember the smell of when they were making their famous peanut slabs (you could smell it for miles).  Continue reading “WHITTAKER’S K-BAR CAFE”

A DAY IN THE LIFE 16/07/2016

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Last Saturday Sam (the boyf) and I headed out to Wellington in search of the NZ wide Pokemon GO event so I thought I would photograph it. I’ve been wanting to do a sort of day in the life/vlog but in photographs (almost like a diary) for a long time! We headed into Wellington around 12.30, the meeting place was at Waitangi park on the cusp of Oriental Bay and on approach all we could see was a wave of red. Sam and I first thoughts were “Team Valor (red team) are really organised!” Then it hit me, all the people were ladies and were dressed in red dresses with a flowers in their hair – not a normal thing in Wellington. It was of course ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’ a global event with thousands of women, men & children participating in a Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush video reenactment.
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OOTD -25/4/2016 – PINK AND BLUE

Saturdays are one of my favourite days of the week; I get to spend the day with my boyfriend, go food shopping, laze around and last Saturday was no exception! I’ve been dying to wear an amazing hair scarf that I had won in a pinnylicious giveaway but I felt that all my of my dresses weren’t the right shade of blue. That is until I realized I had the perfect dress in my wardrobe all along; a turquoise dress with pale pink flowers  that matched the turquoise and pink of the hair scarf perfectly – as soon as it clicked I knew I had to pair them together.

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OOTD – 21/3/2016 – WELLINGTON BOTANIC GARDENS

I don’t think I have ever taken this much of a break here on Miss Flossypots but with the move and lack of internet (over a month now – thanks Slingshot for being rubbish) I haven’t had a chance! I’m still without internet so I’m not back to my regular schedule just yet but here’s a post to get your through. Without internet I have had to venture outdoors (into the real world – oh god) and find my entertainment elsewhere so on a boring Sunday Sam (the boyf) and I dragged ourselves down to the gorgeous Wellington Botanic Gardens to soak up the sun and get some OOTD photos with a glorious backdrop.

I have set myself a challenge this year to go out of comfort zone and wearing a dress without sleeves is in another galaxy to my usual sleeved comfort zone. So I had to document this momentous occasion and guess what? It wasn’t that bad, I didn’t get weird looks from strangers (other than the fact I dress like I’m in the 1950’s and I’m used to that) and no one died, so it went pretty darn well. Anyway – enough with words here are some photos from the day. Thanks to my gorgeous boyfriend Sam for taking most of these.

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