When it comes to afternoon or ‘high’ tea, we’ve upgraded this tradition a fair bit from its humble beginnings—thank you hangry aristocrat, the seventh Duchess of Bedford!
High tea in Brisbane is a much more glamorous affair; think delicate finger sandwiches, savoury delights, decadent desserts and petite pastries covered in a dollop of cream all washed down with a pot of tea or glass (or two!) of bubbly. How very quaint!
If all this talk of high tea has got you craving a freshly made scone topped with lemon curd, book yourself a table at one of Brisbane's best high teas.
Treasury Hotel Brisbane
Embrace your inner English aristocrat with an elegant Brisbane high tea experience, featuring bottomless La Maison Du Thé French tea (the Holy Grail of leaves for tea lovers) in the luxurious surrounds of the Treasury Hotel's, The Lab. Executive Chef Steven Jones perfected the high tea during his years working at 5-star establishments in London and is now setting a new benchmark for the high tea scene in Brisbane. If you’re enjoying tea for two, upgrade to the Premium Pairs Package which includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon. La di da.
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Indulge in the wondrous creations of Spicers Balfour Kitchen’s pastry chef while sipping from their range of specialty teas and enjoying the lush serenity of the frangipani-filled courtyard. On the menu, you'll find sweet and savoury treats including Armenian nutmeg cake, yuzu slice, Fraser Isle spanner crab roll and pork croquettes. Bonus, if you book for six or more, you'll receive a free bottle of Veuve Cliquot. Gather the girls and make an afternoon of it.
Got something to celebrate? Maybe you just have a taste for the high life. Whatever your justification for high tea in Brisbane make it the Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House. Complete with art deco high tea stands and elegant handcrafted petite desserts, high tea at this heritage-listed icon is served on the restaurant terrace—which just happens to have the most fantastic views of the the Story Bridge.
Darling & Co
Ladies about town know that high tea isn’t just about English breakfast tea and a couple of jam-drenched fruit scones anymore, heck no! One such Brisbane high tea has upped the ante serving G&Ts with their finger fancies! At Darling & Co, gin lovers can sample speciality matched Tanqueray cocktails and iced teas, all the better to wash down citrus melting moments, finger sandwiches and other traditional high-tea trimmings. It’s a modern masterpiece.
Sofitel Brisbane Central
High tea may have originated in England, but don’t discount the French when you’re looking to treat yourself. Settle into Sofitel Brisbane Central’s luxurious Cuvée Lounge Bar and say ‘Oui!’ to the Le Goûter High Tea with its raspberry pantone macarons, rocky road waffle cones, sugared almonds and, of course, their iconic French Nutella.
The Bacchus high tea is fit for a Queen! Quite literally, it’s served on William Edwards bone china from England, the same crockery used at The Goring, where the late Queen Mother enjoyed taking high tea. Indulge in freshly baked scones, Bonne Maman French raspberry preserve, raspberry white chocolate mousse, passionfruit tartlet and pistachio macarons, along with their ever-changing gourmet savoury selection.
Let these words sink in: weekend chocolate high tea buffet. You’re welcome chocoholics. The traditional high tea spread comes with a decadent twist at Stamford Plaza; what's not pure chocolate is chocolatey, or goes so well with chocolate that it might as well be chocolate. Served alfresco on The Brasserie's river view terrace, you may need to take a stroll through the Brisbane Botanic Gardens afterwards to burn off some of those calories.
CBD, Indooroopilly and Carindale
With the catchphrase ‘edible luxury’, Passiontree Velvet’s decadent high tea is seriously decadent. It includes an array of ribbon sandwiches, freshly baked scones, French macarons, cakes and a tempting array of eclairs and tarts ripe for the feasting.
Sazerac Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Things are looking up, literally, for Brisbane high tea lovers. Perched 30 storeys up, Sazerac offers sweeping views of the Story Bridge, Botanic Gardens, city skyline and beyond, oh, and a gorgeous traditional high tea. Snack on mini smoked salmon sandwiches, vol au vents, freshly baked scones with strawberry and champagne jam and Chantilly cream, and delectable Opera cake–layers of almond sponge, coffee scented butter cream and dark chocolate ganache.
Rediscover the decadence of high tea in Brisbane at the Brisbane Marriott. Enjoy a sumptuous selection of freshly baked scones, petit desserts like salted caramel sticky date, green tea sponge and petit plum crumble as well as traditional finger sandwiches complemented with a glass of bubbles and a selection of Ronnefeldt tea.
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