Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms
With the new tearooms finished, we have started unpacking boxes of teapots - many have never been on display before!
posted: 11:50am 07 Jan 2015
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Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms is nestled in the picturesque village of Leura within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and houses the world’s largest private collection of teapots. There are more than 5,500 teapots in the collection, spanning five centuries and including teapots from all over the world, mostly collected within Australia.
Enjoy our selection of teas and partake of lunch or light refreshments served with ‘olde-worlde’ charm on fine bone china.
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms
The teapot collection came into existence in 1974, when Ronald Hooper, a previous joint owner of Bygone Beautys came across a geisha girl teapot which was made in England in the 19th Century. Like any piece of decorative art, this teapot sat proudly on Ronald’s dresser and before long was accompanied by many more teapots.
In 1992, Ronald Hooper and Maurice Cooper OAM, the current proprietor, joined forces to create Bygone Beautys. Maurice quickly matched Ronald’s collection to give equality to the partnership.
The Treasured Teapot Museum reflects and preserves the diversity of Australian tea drinking culture. Everywhere you look you will see teapots, old and new, rare or common, English, Oriental (Asian), Australian, German, Russian, and from elsewhere in the World. Teapots are made in a range of materials and are all on display including china, silver, silver plate, pottery, fine porcelain, cast iron, Bakelite, decoupage and textiles.
Bygone Beautys is often referred to as an emporium or “Aladdin’s Cave” as it is stocked floor to ceiling with antiques and collectables, jewellery and unique contemporary gifts and cards. Waiting to be discovered is that perfect gift for a friend or family member.
Please note: Bygone Beautys is currently undergoing major renovations and extensions and continue to open 7 days a week throughout this process. The new look Bygone Beautys is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015 and will fulfil the long-held vision of Maurice Cooper OAM to display all 5,500 teapots, the world’s largest private collection, and to create a unique drawcard for the Blue Mountains region – preserving Australia’s history of tea-drinking within a genuine tourist attraction. For prosperity and safety, many of the teapots have been packed away as they are worthy of protecting. A few hundred teapots have already made their return. As it becomes safe to do so, the entire teapot collection will be unpacked and put back on display.
Devonshire Tea is our specialty and makes for an ideal morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy two homemade scones with freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam, served with your choice of house tea or coffee.
Traditional High Tea
Reminiscent of decades past, the waiter in a top hat and tails will serve this decadent delight on fine bone china with quality cotton afternoon tea serviettes. Presented on a three-tier cake stand, this indulgent culinary interlude features finely rolled sandwiches (as done at the Ritz Hotel London), an assortment of home-made cakes and biscuits, topped off with homemade baby scones, freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam.
Your choice of house tea or coffee is served in shimmering silver pots, which is delivered to your table on an afternoon tea tray-mobile with a degree of pomp and circumstance. An experience reminiscent of times passed when life was more leisurely. The Traditional High Tea does make for a light luncheon and is a delightful experience to share with family or friends.
Self Contained Accommodation
Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Bygone Beautys Cottages offer a range of fully self contained overnight cottages at Wentworth Falls and Bullaburra. Perfect for a romantic weekend in the Blue Mountains, a family or any group looking for a great holiday.
On arrival, burning log fires are set, beds are already made up complete with electric blankets. The cottages have a basket of fresh fruit, flowers and chocolates awaiting your arrival. The kitchen is stocked with a traditional country style breakfast platter. The bathrooms have an ample supply of fluffy towels and bath toiletries. During your stay in the Blue Mountains, Bygone Beautys Tearooms will serve you a delicious complimentary Devonshire Tea.
How To Get Here..
Bygone Beautys is a short 6 minute walk from Leura Train Station. If driving up the Mountains from Sydney, turn left off the Great Western Highway into Leura Mall. Go past the train station, turn left into Railway Parade at the roundabout, then turn right into Grose Street. Continue straight ahead to the end of the street and on your left you will find Bygone Beautys.
Bygone Beautys is also a designated bus stop on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and the Blue Mountains Trolley Tours.
Open 7 days a week, 10.00am - 5.30pm. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Last tearoom orders are taken at 5.00pm with the last sitting for Traditional High Tea at 4.30pm.
To ensure a fabulous experience, please book in advance for Traditional High Tea or for groups of 6 or more guests.
RENOVATION SALE - 20% OFF ALL STOCK
Bygone Beautys is currently undergoing major renovations, during which visitors can take advantage of 20% off the price of all stock items including China (Fine Bone and Porcelain), Royal Doulton, Crown Derby, Coalport, Wedgwood, Linen, Tablecloths, Napkins, Doyleys, Runners, Cushions, Crystal and Glassware, Jewellery (old and new, Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies - the lot!!!), Watches, Figurines, Lamps, Clothing, Hats, Boas, Furs, Vases, Teapots and Tea.
- 50% OFF a selection of Toby jugs
- 60% OFF a selection of salt and pepper shakers
Valid: 11 Sep 2013 to 31 Mar 2015
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