Sneaking an extra meal into your day is always a great idea, especially when it involves an afternoon high tea of elegantly prepared scones, petit fours and sandwiches to guarantee your appetite doesn’t go astray between the lunch and dinner break.
If we had our way, we’d make daily high tea mandatory, but until that happens here’s where you can enjoy the best high tea on the Sunshine Coast, for those days when the linner gap deserves a little special attention.
Setting the standard for high tea on the Sunshine Coast, Aimee Provence in Buderim provides a traditional service of loose-leaf English teas, petit fours, savoury ribbon sandwiches and the most scrumptious scones topped with homemade jam and lashings of clotted cream. And, with ocean views, Aimee Provence is an absolute dream location to consider when celebrating your next birthday, baby shower or bridal event.
Proving they’re no stranger to throwing a hinterland high tea on the Sunshine Coast, Flaxton Gardens pulls all the moves within the grounds of their award-winning estate, where you’re granted the choice of a charming terrace or lush garden atmosphere. There will be no signs of FOMO as your party is treated to champagne on arrival followed by tea and an arrangement of mini sweets and savouries. The Flaxton Garden’s menu is a modern adaption of the British classic, featuring savoury brioche, pumpkin and feta arancini, berry-infused donuts, triple chocolate tartlets and jam-drenched homemade scones.
Elements At Montville
Ideal for a special occasion or a sporadic treat, Elements At Montville is the perfect place to spend an afternoon sipping on loose-leaf infusions, nibbling on cucumber sandwiches and swooning over lush Kondalilla valley views. A three-tiered stand at the centre of your table provides joy through its offering of freshly baked scones, cucumber sandwiches, and mouth-watering cakes and tarts. There’s no denying this vintage-styled gathering is one of the best places to experience high tea on the Sunshine Coast.
Chocolate 2 Chilli
When you’re looking for a Sunshine Coast high tea experience with a difference, Chocolate 2 Chilli go above and beyond to deliver high tea to you; simply choose your location and leave the tea, food and table setting to them. It’s like Uber Eats, high tea-style, except the food looks almost too good to eat. Not to get you drooling in your seat, but we’re talking about the chicken, tarragon and almond sandwiches, cupcakes with buttercream icing, and dessert jars of raspberry and cream meringue. Now this is a cool spin on a traditional classic, and is easily one of the best high tea deals around.
The Silva Spoon
Whether it’s black, green, white, herbal, oolong or rooibos you’re craving, your tea desires will be satisfied at The Silva Spoon in Cotton Tree, where you’ll be treated to one of the Sunshine Coast’s most extensive selections of tea. The peckish will be peckish no more with the usual sweet and savoury fare served on a three-tiered stand, plus a homemade walnut-rolled cheese ball served with mini homemade bread that’s all kinds of yum.
Maison De Provence
Maison de Provence is that little slice of southern France in Cooroy, where edible high tea creations are freshly made onsite to accentuate the European flavours so many of us often leave the country in pursuit of—think: miniature key lime meringue, fruit tart, eclairs and macarons. We think you’ll agree, Maison de Provence perfects the art of your lunch-to-dinner tie over, earning a solid “oui oui” in our books.
Secrets On The Lake
Get the squad together for a Sunshine Coast event like no other at Montville’s Secrets on the Lake, where high tea is accompanied by stunning views across Lake Baroon. An occasion for your stretchiest elastic pants, Secrets on the Lake’s pastry chef creates a three-tiered high tea masterpiece of petit fours, finger sandwiches, vol-au-vents and mini quiches paired with your choice of tea, coffee or champagne.
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