Best Brisbane High Tea Places
There is something about putting on a very lady-like frock, slipping on some heels and heading out during the day for the promise of something fancy. Add to that a glass or two of bubbly, some insanely tiny sandwiches, a few delightfully mouth-watering treats and an atmosphere of decadence and you’ve swayed even the most dubious of people.
What exactly can you expect from a Brisbane high tea?
Originally enjoyed in the evening at the “high” or kitchen table, hence its name, the well-loved high tea has been around since the 1700s and after a recent resurgence is still going strong. As is the desire to put aside coffee-stained mugs and fast-paced lifestyles for two hours so we can delight in this quiet and refined ritual. Perhaps it is the aroma of said teas drifting from delicate china cups in the decadent surroundings that bring forth in us a primitive desire to eat only crust-free squares of cucumber bites and clasp each delicately decorated sugar cube between the teeth of miniature tongs. Whatever it is, the high tea experience is lovely and definitely a great way to spend any time out you may have with your friends.
If you haven’t experienced the delight of a high tea party yet, then please, let us entice you and invite you to do so. There are many fantastic places locally that specialise in or cater for the high tea experience, and all welcome kids along too (just replace the bubbly with some pink lemonade). Prices range from about $30 – $55, depending on the menu, and bookings are essential.
From the hundreds of high tea places to choose from, here are some that come highly recommended:
Bacchus, South Bank
Presenting exquisite high tea served on William Edwards fine bone china and with traditional attentive service, Bacchus is the perfect location for a special occasion high tea celebration such as mother’s day. Priced from $30 per person for the English Cream Tea, $36 for the Quintessential High Tea, $49 for the Champagne High Tea and $79 for the Dom Perignon and with gluten-free options available, high tea at Bacchus doesn’t get much more special. High Tea sittings available every Tuesday to Sunday afternoon. Bookings required. http://www.bacchussouthbank.com.au/MENU:/High_Tea.html
Belle Epoque, Emporium Hotel, Southpoint
The Belle Epoque patisserie at Emporium Hotel is the setting for this stunning high tea. Priced from $55 per person for the Alice in Wonderland High Tea, high teas at Emporium are served on a three-tier stand and can include champagne and cocktails (additional cost may be involved). Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-free and Gluten-free menu options are also available. https://www.emporiumhotels.com.au/eat-and-drink.html
Cream Patisserie Boulangerie, Coorparoo
Served daily in the Coorparoo store, Cream’s high tea starts at only $35 per person and includes three tiers of decadence plus juice and tea or coffee. Bookings are required, with a minimum of 24 hours notice given. http://www.creamstyle.com.au/coorparoo/hightea.php?page=hightea
Forget Me Not Café, Graceville
This friendly family run café offers a delicious high tea of delicate pastries, tea sandwiches and scones in a relaxed setting. Indulge in the popular Forget Me Not High Tea for $35 per person. Gluten-free options are available. Bookings are encouraged. https://www.facebook.com/forgetmenotcafeandflorist/
French & Mor – High Tea and Desserts, Albany Creek
With a modern French twist on the traditional high tea, French & Mor offers a selection of 20 T2 teas, tea sandwiches, pastries and gateaux at their sittings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Priced from $38 per person, a reduced price specially tailored children’s high tea can also be arranged. Bookings are essential. http://www.frenchandmor.com.au/hightea.html
Full Cream Cafe @ Pine Lodge Equestrian Park, Thornlands
Set in a unique country setting and specialising in functions, the Full Cream Cafe offers three levels of high tea, including Queen Victoria, Royal Ascot and Royal Windsor. High Tea at Full Cream Cafe is served on fine china with lovely crisp linens and is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. http://www.fullcreamcafe.com.au/
High Tea at Tiffany’s, North Lakes
You’re spoilt for choice at High Tea at Tiffany’s with 6 scrumptious high teas offered including a special high tea for children 5 – 10 years old. The mouth-watering menu includes a Chocolatiers High Tea for chocolate lovers. High tea is served on Tuesday to Sunday at 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Prices start at $12.50 for the Devonshire Cream Tea and go up to $49 per person for Tiffany’s High Tea. Bookings are essential http://www.highteaattiffany.com.au/menu/
Keri Craig Emporium, Brisbane City
Located in the basement of the Brisbane Arcade, Keri Craig Emporium features a coffee lounge and store selling ladies fashion, gifts and homewares. Traditional High Tea starts from $39.95 or $42.50 to include French champagne or juice. The Children’s Fantasy ($17.95) is petite-sized for kids and includes kid’s sandwiches, ice cream and a drink. http://www.kericraig.com.au/coffee-lounge.html
Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, Eagle Street Pier
Enjoy in a traditional high tea as you leisurely cruise the Brisbane River. Take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a selection of delicate sweet and savoury treats, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and live music. Cruises run on Saturdays from 3.00pm to 5.30pm and cost $58 per person, $25 for children 4-12 years old. Bookings are essential. http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/brisbane-river-cruises/brisbane-high-tea-cruise/
Motion Bar & Grill @ the Brisbane Marriott, Brisbane City
The Brisbane Marriott goes above and beyond to provide an indulgent high tea experience. Priced from $40 per person and including Australian sparkling wine, the Marriott high tea features a selection of freshly made goodies including warm scones with jam and cream, petit cakes and pastries and delicious sandwiches. Freshly brewed tea and coffee or orange juice are included. Gluten-free and other dietary requirements can also be catered to. The Motion High Tea is available from 11am to 4:30pm daily and is located on the lobby level, or poolside, at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel in Queen Street in the CBD. www.marriott.com.au/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/bnedt-brisbane-marriott-hotel/
Passiontree Velvet, Carindale
Passiontree Velvet in Carindale is dedicated to supplying a quality High Tea product at an affordable price and sees itself as a blend between an English tea house, a Parisian patisserie and a Belgian chocolatier. Behind their colourful counter lies their secret weapon – full-time French-trained, internationally experienced Chocolatier, Jay Shin and his skills, once you start tasting, become immediately apparent. See our full Passiontree Velvet review, or visit their website at https://passiontreevelvet.com.au/high-tea.
Redlands RSL, Cleveland
Offering high tea sittings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at either 9am – 10:30am or 2:30pm – 4pm, the Redlands RSL presents great value for money. Priced from $16.90 for members to $22.90 for non-members with special dietary requirements, they can cater for all group sizes. http://www.redlandsrsl.com/high-tea/
Room With Roses, Brisbane City
Located in the top of the Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a long-standing member of the Brisbane high tea scene. Their Deluxe High Tea, priced from $42 (in normal operating hours) is made fresh on premises and includes ten delicate high tea treats per person. With notice, gluten-free and vegetarian diets can be catered for. Group bookings welcome. http://roomwithroses.com.au/
Shingle Inn Child-Friendly high tea, various locations
Served daily with no need to book (Brisbane City Hall location is the exception to this), the Shingle Inn has been serving up high tea in Brisbane for almost 80 years. Priced from $27.50 per person (minimum two people) the Shingle Inn High Tea includes ribbon sandwiches, sweets and a Shingle Inn Lime Mint Julep or champagne (at licensed venues), as well as a selection of teas and coffee. The awesome Kids High Tea is great value and perfect for birthday parties at only $10.50 per person and including a ribbon ham sandwich, a famous kids’ patty cake, a clown biscuit and a kid’s shake or babyccino. http://www.shingleinn.com/
Sofitel, Brisbane City
A long-standing tradition at Sofitel, the Magnifique High Tea is served daily from 1-3pm in the hotel’s exclusive Club Sofitel on the 30th floor or 2 -4pm in Cuvee Lounge Bar. Priced from $50, this decadent high tea includes high tea classics along with contemporary addition created in the hotel’s own French patisserie twist. Bookings are essential. http://www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au/en/high-tea.html
Stamford Plaza, Brisbane City
The Stamford Plaza, offering both a Traditional High Tea during the week and a Chocolate Buffet High Tea on the weekends, serves more than 400 high teas a week. Each school holidays they offer a surreal twist on their traditional high tea by introducing the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to the lobby. Bookings are essential so to make sure you don’t miss out check out all the details here: https://www.stamford.com.au/spb/restaurant–bar/brisbane-high-tea.
Tea and Niceties, Eagle Heights
Nestled in a one-acre rainforest setting, this traditional-style tea house boasts the elegance of a fine, European tea room. Perfect for special occasions they offer two 2 hour sittings a day with a choice of the Traditional Tea ($45), Elegant Tea ($50) and even Gluten Free ($55). There’s also a Children’s High Tea ($30) option. A definite favourite. Open Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 4pm. https://www.teaandniceties.com.au/high-tea
The Chef’s Manor, Anstead
The Chef’s Manor is a favourite amongst Brisbane high tea aficionados. They are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for three high tea sittings per day. The cost is $35.00 per person for a two-hour sitting, with gluten-free options available. https://www.facebook.com/thechefsmanoranstead/
The Dawn Tea Rooms, Chermside
The historic Dawn Theatre provides a unique setting for this premium teahouse that serves up a delectable high tea. Feast on dainty sandwiches, delicious savouries, scones and petit four sweet treats. The Dawn Classic High Tea is available all day for $45 per person. Gluten free High Tea is available as well as an Intermission High Tea for children under 12 for $18. Bookings are essential http://dawntearooms.wix.com/dawn-tea-rooms
Whisky Business, Capalaba
Whisky Business serves up a tasty high tea that includes a selection of ribbon sandwiches, savoury tarts, macarons and other sweet treats. The high tea is available all day Wednesday and from 2.00pm on Saturday. Costs $35 per person or $20 for children under 12 years old. Bookings are essential. https://www.whiskybusinesscafe.com/
So, if you are looking for some wind-down time with the girls or a new dining experience with the family, treat yourself to the high tea experience if possible. You won’t regret it!
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