Hills Lodge: Tasty treats to tempt hungry palates

IF YOU'RE looking for an afternoon tea with a more refined feel, the Hills Lodge's Nobles restaurant may have the perfect treat for you.

The eatery has introduced a high tea two days a week with a mouth-watering selection of sweet and savoury treats, which can be enjoyed with a chilled glass of champagne or a warming cup of tea.

On offer are a selection of cakes and tarts, dark chocolate covered strawberries, scones served with strawberry jam and double cream, bite-sized sandwiches and warm savoury pastries.

When the tiered tray, lined with tantalising treats was placed on our table it was tough to choose which morsel to try first.

Eventually we settled on the smoked salmon, cream cheese and snow pea sprout sandwiches, which were light and delicious.

Next, we bit into a Dijon, ham, cheese and tomato sandwich, which packed quite a flavour hit.

The light and fluffy scones were our third choice, topped with tantalising jam and double cream they brought back fond memories of morning teas with grandparents.

Rebecca Floor, the food and beverage manager, said the high tea introduced two weeks ago had proven to be a hit.

"It's just the right mix of savoury and sweet," Ms Floor said.

The Hills Lodge is also introducing a new menu this week.

"We're making a seasonal change; it will be full of good, warming winter dishes."

She says the new modern Australian menu includes a variety of dishes, and believes the seared scallops with cauliflower puree and raspberry vinaigrette will prove to be a popular menu addition.

"The lamb duo main, also on the new menu, with braised lamb with celeriac puree, Dutch carrots and roasted pumpkin, is sure to be another standout."

Reporter Anne Tarasov and photographer Gene Ramirez ate courtesy of Nobles Restaurant.

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