Voyager Estate – Margaret River WA
Review and Photos by Valerie Fowler
A MOTHERS DAY AFFAIR.
My Mother and I went on an adventure for Mother’s Day, to Margaret River, for a lovely High Tea at Voyager’s Estate and in the words of my mother “Oh my word this is amazing”
This venue is special. The food, the service, the ambience; the overall experience could have me waxing lyrical all day.
From the first point of contact the reservation team are very clear and concise with the booking. The High Tea had to be paid in advance, as the food is made fresh to order. Twenty Four (24) hours prior to the booking, you receive an email to confirm you are still arriving, which is a nice friendly reminder and shows that they take the food preparation seriously!
Upon entering Voyager Estate, the first thing that strikes me is space, lots and lots of space, which gives a real feeling of opulence; and lots of roses. Yes roses, I say this because as you may know growing a healthy rose bush takes a high level of care, time and nurturing; and I get a sense that Voyager employs this ethos in all their endeavours, hence why they are an award winning establishment.
The generously sized table was set with gorgeous, colourful, modern yet still classic trios, and little 24 carat gold plated vintage fork and spoons. The tableware was perfect for the venue, and you could see every piece had been hand selected and everything that was carried on it was delivered with 5 star service.
As soon as we were seated, the menu and bubbles had arrived. The sandwiches also came out promptly which was well received as we had a long drive to Margaret River and were we both peckish. Lashings of Smoked Salmon and cream cheese; Egg and Watercress; on fresh bread, both on a mixture of white and brown. It was nice to have the sandwiches on a separate plate first and then the more decadent treats on a tier to follow. This also worked well with the champagne and then leading into a pot of tea during the next course.
The next course being the tier, OHHHH the tier.
It was just so dainty and pretty, to be totally honest I had chef / tier envy. Every single thing was so well presented and tasted fabulous. It was that inviting, I nearly forgot to take a photo first. Needless to say that is not a one off occurrence for me, that does happen often!
On the bottom tier was the lamb croquette , this was a little crumbed ball of pulled lamb in parsnip puree, and was yum! Slow cooked and seasoned to perfection. A king prawn was placed lovingly on a bed of pumpkin puree and was also yummy. My mum had a morsel of slow roasted pork, as substitute for prawn and was thoroughly impressed.
On the middle tier, there was dark chocolate mousse with turkish delight. A great combination, the tart sharpness of the dark silky chocolate mixed with sweet chewy turkish delight, a winner. The passionfruit tart was topped with meringue and had a wonderful aroma, this tasted equally as nice. All this washed down with a delicate herbal tea. The selection was simple but all classic and well loved teas such as, peppermint, green and english breakfast.
On the top tier, there were raspberry macarons. Perfect little macarons. I got to wondering whether they were made in-house, I think they were. The scones came pre layered with homemade strawberry jam and cream. I personally like lots of jam and cream, so would prefer myself; to top the scone with lashing of the aforementioned. Traditionally this would have been the case and I am a big fan of this self regulating process.
By this stage, we have finished a glass of bubbles, one: two (2) cup pot of tea and we are now looking at the Yavaha Coffee that is included in the cost. I love Yavaha coffee, it is made locally in Margaret River, so love the idea of tasting locally produce and linking this in on the menu. My mum was given a Mother’s Day gift of three macarons and a take home bag of her tea selection. Really nice touch and extremely generous.
In Summary, WOW this is an experience and takes you away from the world around you, if only for 2 hours. You walk out content, blissful and much happier for the experience.
Cost: $39 High Tea, $49 Sparkling High Tea, $55 Flight of Fancy High Tea; which has wine pairing.
*Prices correct at time of publishing, but are subject to change. If you would like to contact the venue, please see listing in our directory.