High Tea At Boronia House
Set in the perfectly maintained grounds of Reservoir Park, Boronia House is the perfect locale for relaxed elegant entertaining. With it’s classic light interiors, high ceilings and chandeliers the setting is perfect for a memorable high tea experience. Graze on a selection of sophisticated savoury bites and freshly cut ribbon sandwiches while you sip on Moet and Chandon. Choose from our extensive range of looseleaf T2 teas to complement your basket of freshly baked scones and then indulge in the sweet tastes and textures of our mini desserts of the day created by master pastry chef Remi Bataille.
Boronia House is fully licensed and has a selection of wines, sparkling wines, champagne and cocktails to complement your high tea experience.
High tea at Boronia House is open seven days a week with service commencing at 11.00am and last seating at 3.00pm.
Bookings are essential on weekends and on busy days tables may be required to be relinquished after two hours.
We advise that although we have disabled parking and disabled access to the restaurant our bathrooms are located on the first floor and are only accessible by stairs. Full disabled washroom facilities are thoughtfully made available to patrons of Boronia House by our very good neighbours Hotel Mosman.
A Brief History
Boronia House was built in 1885. The site of Boronia was originally part of a Crown Grant of 4 acres of land to Vinzenz Zahel. Bridget Zahel, Vinzenz’s widow sold the land to James and John Kearey for £1,700 pounds in 1885.
Boronia House was originally, one of two almost identical neighbouring mansions built in the Victorian Filigree style of that era more commonly found in the terraces of Paddington and Balmain. Now one of the few freestanding examples of this style of architecture in Sydney Boronia House is heritage listed of state significance.
The construction of the buildings coincided with the growing fortunes of John and James Kearney and the expansion of their coach building business in Redfern. The two houses were designed as grand villas with extensive gardens that originally ran from Military Road north towards Ourimbah Road.
It is understood the Kearny brothers intention was to build exemplary grand villas in order to attract a certain class and inspire a standard of living in early colonial Sydney.
In 1952 Mosman Council purchased Boronia House for £15,750 and whilst still keeping its wonderful aura and timeless heritage style, modified the house for use as a Library until 1978.
Mosman Council then leased the House from 1978- 1985 to an advertising firm for use as an Art Gallery on the ground floor and office space above.
In 2012 Mosman Council completed a major refurbishment ready for a new era of entertaining generations of guests as the premier function centre on the lower North Shore.