British India Trading Co

I just had to pull myself out of bed this afternoon, even with a neck sprain… because an idea is being born and there is nothing more invigorating!

So with the smell of anti-inflammatory gel wafting through the air in a trail behind me, I headed to Newtown Park to sample a medley of decadent high tea delights by the new British India Trading Co.

Inspired by Matt (a Michelin trained Chef)  and his journeys through the Indian subcontinent, he and his lovely lady Alana have created an amazing new concept that marries the vibrance, spice and heady chaos of India with the more formal sensibilities and traditions of colonial Britain. The combination of the two is a truly an innovative concept and it leaves wondering why the it is so under-represented in the culinary world.

Alana and Matt: British India for IconParkPhoto courtesy of

They have been given an amazing opportunity through Iconpark – a brand new hospitality crowdfunding venture. Two investors have bought the building at 78 Stanley St in Darlinghurst in Sydney and are in the process of turning it into a three level venue. They asked people to submit ideas for a restaurant/bar concept to open there and have created a competitive crowdfunding venture out of it.

The top 6 teams will exhibit at Taste of Sydney next weekend and will also need to compete to raise the most money via their crowdfunding platform. After 3 weeks of crowdfunding the winner will get to
open their concept in the venue for 3 months. British India Trading Co was announced last week as one of the 6 finalists and deservedly so!

British India Trading Co: High Tea Sampler

Which brings us to this decadent afternoon tea – a showcase of some of their sumptuous selection, incorporating Indian and British twists on classic high tea pastries. This was their menu for the ocassion, isn’t it simply drool-worthy?

British India Trading Co: High Tea Sampler

Take a look at some of my favourites from the menu (so….everything).

More about Iconpark:
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Facebook & Instagram: @BritishIndiaTradingCo #BritishIndiaForIconPark
Taste of Sydney –
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The other finalists look great, so with no disrespect to them… I urge you to support this inspired pair at British India Trading Co along with the rest of the H&D family. I may see some of you at Taste of Sydney next weekend (foodie heaven) so make sure you stop by their stall.

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