Tea Time | Sydney’s Best High Teas

By Emma McNamara
23rd Jul 2014

Dahhhlings, if nothing sounds better than some tea and finger sandwiches (and champagne and cake!), look no further—we're bringing you our picks for the best high tea in Sydney.

Throughout British history, High Tea was considered a very important event on the social calendar of Ladies and Gentleman and we can understand why—who could say no to scones with jam and fresh clotted cream, mini-sandwiches, sweets, and tea? Today we're sipping tea (remember to crook that pinky finger), and paying homage to the Fourth Earl of Sandwich who had the brilliant and unfathomable idea of placing meat and other fillings between two slices of bread (absolute genius!).
Keep scrolling down for the best places to high tea in Sydney.

Food Society | Darlinghurst 

Food Society in Darlinghurst offers a refreshing twist on the traditional high tea. Yep, this means swapping your good old cuppa for a mini vodka cocktail or vodka sipper while munching on handmade savoury and sweet canapés. This little hidden gem oozes old world charm and is ideal for an afternoon gathering or even a hen's party. Offered every Saturday and Sunday, bookings are an absolute must if you want to indulge in a high tea in Sydney.

Laduree | CBD 

Our French friends over at Ladurée have added their magnifique touch to traditional high tea in Sydney and created an array of irresistible, scrumptious delights (Oh la la!).  We're oh-so grateful they've decided to set up shop in the land down under and bring us a little bit of (bite-sized) Paris. The Ladurée High Tea consists of little French cakes and, of course, their famous macarons. We love them all, but don't miss the rose-petal, salted caramel, and raspberry, if you know what's good for you!

The Tea Room | CBD 

Step into another epoch and into one of Sydney's most beautiful dining establishments at The Tea Room, located on the upper levels of the Queen Victoria Building. Slip into a big, comfy, velvet armchair while nibbling on savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, home-made scones (with jam and cream, obvs) and hand-made sweet cakes off of three tiered silver stands. We could get used to feeling fancy sipping on our tea and coffee from the divine Royal Albert China.

The Victoria Room | Darlinghurst 

A revival of all things traditionally British, The Victoria Room is a swathe of blue velvet sofas and arm chairs and monogrammed pillows, and is surrounded by dark paneling and oak wood finishes.  The bar exudes prohibition-era charm, and the weekend high tea is simply divine with a delicious assortment of all the usual faves, plus a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Follow the de rigueur of the VR and nibble, sip, and crook that pinkie!

Burnt Orange | Mosman 

Located in a gorgeous sandstone mansion in Mosman, with views spilling out over our heavenly Sydney Harbour, High Tea at Burnt Orange will tantalise your senses as it serves up one of the best high teas in Sydney. Taste a selection of succulent savoury and sweet treats while you sip on tea, coffee, or sparkling and watch the world go by on the water.

Vaucluse House Tearooms | Vaucluse 

Overlooking the serene Vaucluse House Gardens, the Tearooms offer the perfect location to enjoy your high tea with friends. Escape the city's hustle and bustle and enter an oasis housed within a sandstone mansion dating back to the 1830s and located on 10 hectares of gardens tumbling down onto the water's edge. Luxurious, no?

Gunners Barracks | George's Heights 

As a sister location to The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building, this Tea Room at Gunners Barracks is far removed from the jostle of the city and is instead nestled into the greenery, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Offering a similar selection of high tea delicacies, in a remote and relaxing environment, Gunner's Barracks is the perfect spot for an afternoon treat.

Have we missed your favourite spot for high tea in Sydney? Let us know!

Image credit: Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering

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