Best High Tea in Brisbane: 2015 Edit

Best High Tea in Brisbane: 2015 Edit

Looking for the best High Tea in Brisbane? From cucumber sandwiches to chocolate fountains and free-flowing Champagne, here's our guide to Brisbane's best.

By Amber Lowther | 13th January 2015

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Put on your A-line dresses and dainty jewellery, here are the spots for ladies to enjoy the best High Tea in Brisbane – according to Style.

Stamford Plaza

Spend your afternoon in the luxurious Stamford Plaza while enjoying a traditional Brisbane High Tea. Overlook the Brisbane River and nibble on dainty treats with your girlfriends. Whether you’re after the Chocolate High Tea Buffet, the Lobby Afternoon High Tea or the Traditional Brisbane Morning Tea, you will be within one of the finest Brisbane destinations at an affordable cost.

Price range: $35 - $49 per person
Cnr Margaret & Edward Streets, City

Bacchus

If assortments of sweet delights are your cup of tea, look no further than Bacchus. Become a part of a royal affair with an English High Tea experience served on William Edwards fine bone china. Choose from indulging in an English Cream Tea with a choice of plain or fruit scones, the Quintessential High Tea served with delights such as macarons and chocolate éclairs, a Champagne High Tea or a Dom Perignon High Tea. A Gluten-Free High Tea menu is available upon request.

Price range: $30 - $89 per person
Podium Level, Rydges South Bank

Customs House

If sophisticated and elegant affairs define you to a T, look no further than Customs House Tea. Overlook the Story Bridge and Brisbane River as you consume an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, scones, macarons and an array of handcrafted petite desserts. Compliment your taste buds with a chilled fresh orange juice or take the traditional meaning literally with an English breakfast tea or perhaps you’d rather a hit of caffeine with a freshly brewed coffee.

Price range: $45 or $68 per person
399 Queen St, City

Shingle Inn

Established in this very city in 1936, Shingle Inn is undoubtedly an iconic English style teahouse and restaurant. Immerse yourself in the history of Shingle Inn and indulge yourself to a memorable high tea, perfect for the whole family. Shingle Inn serves their High Tea daily and while there are many Shingle Inn locations across Brisbane, it is also serves in their historic store, located in Brisbane City Hall.

Price range: $40 per person ($27.50 per person at other stores)
Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, City

Hotel Jen

Experience high tea with an Asian Pacific twist at Nest Brisbane. Nest’s high tea includes freshly baked pastries, exotic tea and Perrier Jouet Champagne and is available Monday to Saturday.

Price range: $49 per person
159 Roma Street, City

Room with Roses

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD inside the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses specialises in High Tea. Voted “5 of the best High Teas in Australia” By Vogue Living in 2012, Room with Roses sure knows how to please on the High Tea scale. Choose from an array of High Teas including their Deluxe High Tea menu, Chocolate High Tea and their Ultimate Chocolate Fondue High Tea. With an array of sweet and savoury options, this is a premier spot for an unforgettable experience.

Price range: From $42 per person
Gallery Level, Brisbane Arcade, City

Motion Bar & Grill

This is another city high tea that won't disappoint. On the menu, you'll find two options - one offering served with Australian bubbly, the other with a glass of French Champagne. You'll also find freshly baked scones (plain and sultana), house-made petit cakes and pastries and a range of delicious sandwiches. You'll also get to sip on tea, coffee and orange juice, and menus can be altered to suit gluten intolerances and dietary requirements.

Prices: $40 with  a glass of Australian bubbly and $50 with glass of French Champagne
Marriott Brisbane, 515 Queen st, Brisbane CBD

Passiontree Velvet

Hidden just upstairs from the renovated Glasshouse lies a patisserie, which not only houses one of the largest selection of macaron flavours, but one of the best high teas in the city. With four to choose from, the Chocolatiers High Tea is the obvious choice, including all the normal high tea fair, its also loaded with an array of chocolate bonbons, truffles, macarons and more divine chocolate… Not for the faint hearted!

Price range: From $9.95 per person
Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale

Vintaged Bar and Grill

With some of the best sandwich fillings a high tea has ever seen, Vintaged Bar and Grill deserves a place on this list. From spanner crab and smoked salmon to herbed corn-fed chicken, mustard mayonnaise and fine herb, as well as their mix of traditional and modern flavoured sweets, this high tea will satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Price range: From $35 per person
Level Six, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane CBD

Spring

This paddock to plate style establishment brings farm-grown produce to its city restaurant, and their high tea is no exception. Only served on Saturdays the menu comprises of finger sandwiches with organic fillings, house-made scones and preserves, and a chef’s selection of sweets that changes weekly according to what’s in season. Spring also hosts a range of cooking classed with cupcake, chocolate and macaron classes coming up soon, head to their website to book.

Price range: $50 per person
26 Felix Street, Brisbane CBD

Emporium Hotel

One of the most luxurious hotels in the city also hosts one of the best high teas. With traditional the traditional option including a selection of mini quiches, cucumber finger sandwiches, and smoked salmon and crème fraiche mini bagels alongside the usual scones and petit fours, the Everything Chocolate High Tea comprises of just desserts, and a Valrhona Gold Martini on arrival. Pure chocolately decadence.

Price range: $40 - $45 per person
1000 Ann Street, The Valley

Have we missed one that should be on the list? Let us know!

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Article by Amber Lowther

Amber is a former contributor at Style Magazines. She runs her own fashion and beauty blog and has an obsession with Batman. When she’s not stuffing her face with Italian food, she’s adding new shoes to her wardrobe and dreaming of NYC.

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