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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Tea Room Gunners' Barracks, Mosman

the tea room

Doesn't every girl love a wedding?

There's that palpable sense of romance in the air, a rare chance to get all dolled up and shamelessly girly, and a tear or two shed as you celebrate two fantastic friends pledging a life together.

The reception and wedding took place at the Tea Room at Gunners' Barracks on the former military base overlooking Chowder Bay. Gun emplacements were originally set up here in the 1870s, an ideal defence site with incredible clifftop views across the harbour.

sydney harbour

The Tea Room is housed in a charming sandstone building that dates from 1873--originally officers' quarters as its name indicates. The wedding ceremony was held on the building's verandah, panoramic views providing a picturesque backdrop, and after a simple but moving ceremony we nibbled on a neverending procession of delicate canapes, all beautifully presented and tasty to boot.

Mushroom tarts with goats cheese

salmon on chick peas
Flaked salmon with chick peas

pumpkin ravioli
Pumpkin ravioli

cheese with pesto
Deep-fried camembert with pesto


A visit from a passing kookaburra only added to the sense we were tucked away in a natural oasis of peace.

wedding cake
Wedding cake with bridal bouquet

bridal bouquet
Bridal bouquet with blackberries and baby cabbages

The bride, a devoted foodie with effortless class, had the most gorgeous and befitting bouquet: its clusters of baby cabbages and young blackberries were ingeniously original to say the least.

reception tables
Reception table settings

One of the things I usually look forward to is, of course, the food. I've always loved Chinese wedding reception banquets, ten- or twelve-course spectaculars that involve abalone, lobster, a whole steamed fish and more. "Western" receptions on the other hand, usually tended to involve an alternate drop of disappointingly dry chicken or bland fillet of fish in a creamy sauce.

Suffice to say I experienced a revelation at The Tea Room, where the meals were delicate in taste, plated with style, and cooked to mouthwatering perfection. Sending a hundred meals out simultaneously is no feat, and I was incredibly impressed that each meal did taste as if it had been ordered a la carte.

ravioli on beef
Seared steak topped with beef cheek ravioli

Seared steak topped with beef cheek ravioli

Pan-fried jewfish with seafood foam

Congratulations to two of my finest friends. Long may you share good food and days of laughter.

wedding cake parcels

The Tea Room at Gunners’ Barracks
Suakin Drive, Georges Heights, Sydney
(off Middle Head Road, Mosman)
Tel: +61 (02) 8962 5900
10 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 8/14/2006 11:34:00 pm


  • At 8/14/2006 11:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow - what a reception at such a beautiful location! The bride's bouquet is definetely unique and simply stunning!

  • At 8/15/2006 9:00 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    i'm going to a wedding here in March next yr can't wait!

  • At 8/15/2006 2:18 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    What a lovely wedding. Such a pleasure to hear of weddings like this (and of such yummy food!).

  • At 8/15/2006 3:35 pm, Blogger Myy said…

    Everything looks perfect. The wedding cake is funny and I never have seen such a bouquet before. :)

  • At 11/19/2006 2:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What an amazing venue!
    What an amazing couple to choose such a brilliant location!
    And the food too ...it also looks delectable!
    Must have just been the best wedding ever!

  • At 9/09/2008 9:21 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm an aussie living in Canada at the moment. My partner and I are returning to get married at the Gunnery, Mosman, next April. My family booked the venue (which my partner or I haven't seen in real life yet), glad to hear all the positive reports...we can't wait!

  • At 9/09/2008 3:12 pm, Blogger einna said…

    My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Tea Room at the QVB last year and the food was equally stunning! Also had the pleasure of attending a wedding at the gunners last month and was not disappointed. Easily the best food at a wedding I've had.

    Nice to see your food blogging extend to weddings!! Great photos again!

  • At 9/14/2008 2:11 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Congrats on your impending nuptials and best wishes for the big day :) The views are very scenic and the sense of quiet and solitude is also quite romantic :)

    Hi Einna - The camera makes an appearance at any meal out (well, most of the time), and I agree, good wedding food is hard to find and hence always memorable!

  • At 11/15/2008 8:38 am, Blogger Lisa said…

    we are getting married at the Gunners' Barracks Mosman next Novemebr and are very excited.
    We have not been in person to view it yet. Does anyone have any wedding photos at the venue that they wouldn't mind sharing so that we can visualise how our day might go?

    Thanks and kind regards,

  • At 11/17/2008 11:34 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lisa - The wedding I went to was held on the balcony with views overlooking the water. I'm sure the Gunners' Barracks would have sample photos they could send you? Ohterwise congratulations and happy nuptials. I'm sure it'll be a glorious and very memorable day!


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