Brisbane’s Best High Tea: 2016 Edit

Brisbane’s Best High Tea: 2016 Edit

From traditional elegance to a modern twist, here are our top picks for where to get fancy with Brisbane’s best high tea in 2016.

By Hannah Doody | 8th April 2016

We've tasted more high teas and have a NEW 2018 Edition of Brisbane’s Best High Tea, CLICK HERE to view it.

There’s nothing better than an excuse to slip on your frilliest frock, don your prettiest jewellery and get together with your best gal pals for an afternoon of indulging in the finer things in life. With bone china, three-tiered cake stands, flowing champagne and crust-free cucumber sandwiches, there’s no wonder this British tradition from the 1700s is still going strong.

So ladies (and gents, if you’re so inclined!), get ready to sip your Earl Grey (pinkies raised, of course) and nibble on delicate petit fours with our 2016 edit of Brisbane’s best high tea.

Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra

Fans of this longstanding north side favourite will be pleased to know Dandelion & Driftwood, in addition to serving up delicious breakfast and coffee, is the place to go for a gorgeous traditional high tea. Opt for the sweet high tea (featuring scones with jam and cream, a mini lemon curd tart, mini caramel cupcake, macarons and mini chocolate flourless cake) or the sweet/savoury take (which also includes tiny blue ribbon sandwiches).

Price range: From $25 per person.
Available: Monday-Friday until 3.30pm.

The Lab Restaurant and Bar at Treasury Heritage Hotel, Brisbane CBD

Executive Chef Steven Jones perfected the art of high tea during his years working at 5-star London restaurants. Treat yourself to a decadent sweet and savoury selection served in the sunlit surrounds of The Lab Restaurant and Bar and Restaurant with your choice of bottomless La Maison du Thé French handcrafted teas.

Price range: $45 per person.
Available: Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-3pm.

The Racing Café, Hendra

High tea at The Racing Cafe, Hendra

High tea at The Racing Cafe, Hendra

This cute café tucked away in Brisbane’s north side is a little-known location perfect for indulging in a spot of high tea. Catering only for large groups (10 or more), The Racing Café’s high tea is ideal for work functions or hens’ parties. Savoury offerings include a salmon poppy seed pikelet, cheese and corn muffin and caramelised onion and feta tartlet, while sweet offerings include lemon meringue tart and a chocolate caramel slice. All their treats are homemade daily.

Price range: From $25 per person.
Available: Daily.

Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane CBD

Just above Brisbane’s Central Station you’ll find a wide variety of high teas - the signature, sparkling, cocktail and “magical”. Sofitel even caters for intolerances with a gluten-free option available. With an in-house French pâtissière, expect to be treated to the finest French pastries such as a cherry mousse cone, chocolate and pistachio Sachertorte, flourless chocolate and orange slice topped with a poached fig, and ribbon sandwiches including roast beef with pickles and tomato relish.

Price range: From $46 per person.
Available: Daily from 1pm-3pm in the Club lounge and from 2pm- 4pm in Cuvée Lounge Bar.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Brisbane CBD

Offering a chocolate buffet high tea in The Brasserie on weekends and a traditional high tea during the week in the Lobby, the Stamford Plaza Brisbane serves more than 400 high teas each week. When the Queen visited Brisbane a few years ago, the Stamford was even invited to prepare morning tea for her! Experience your high tea with a live string soundtrack, three-tiered stands and loose leaf tea from Dilmah’s premium range.

Price range: From $35 per person.
Available: Traditional high tea: Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm. Chocolate high tea: Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-5pm.

The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm

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One of our Stylers trialled The Balfour Kitchen's high tea and she still won't stop raving about it. Every bite on the plate is said to be divine, from the chocolate-dipped seasonal fruit to the yuzu slice. The Earl Grey ganache tartlets might just change your life. Complete with a glass of bubbly and a tea of your choosing, The Balfour Kitchen's two high tea options (traditional and signature) have to be tasted to be believed.

Price range: From $55 per person.
Available: 11am-4pm daily; bookings must be made 48 hours in advance.

Room with Roses, Brisbane CBD

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD inside the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses specialises in the art of high tea. Named one of the five best high teas in Australia by Vogue Living in 2012, Room with Roses is a consistent favourite among Brisbanites. Choose from a wide variety including Deluxe High Tea, Chocolate High Tea and 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.
Available: Daily.

Parliament House, Brisbane CBD

The heritage-listed Strangers’ Dining Room in Parliament house plays host to a Traditional High Tea, offering mini sandwiches, savoury quiches, cakes, scones and strawberries dipped in chocolate. The Special High Tea includes all this, plus a classical string duo and a glass of sparkling wine for each guest. Following the meal, guests also have the option to experience a special guided tour of Parliament House. Only held about once a month, booking in advance is recommended to avoid missing out!

Price range: From $41 per person.
Available: On average once a month; check the website for specific dates.

Motion Bar & Grill, Brisbane CBD

High tea at Motion Bar and Grill, Marriott Brisbane

High tea at Motion Bar & Grill, Marriott Brisbane

Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s own Motion Bar & Grill is a fail-safe when it comes to decadent high tea. With two options available – one with a glass of Australian sparkling wine and another with a glass of French Champagne – their high tea is one that won’t disappoint. You’ll also find freshly-baked scones (plain and sultana), house-made petit cakes and pastries and a range of delicious sandwiches. Sip on tea, coffee and orange juice, and if you have special dietary requirements, don’t fret! Menus can be altered to suit intolerances.

Price range: From $45 per person.
Available: Daily from 11am-4pm.

Customs House, Brisbane CBD

If river views, a beautiful setting and a modern yet sophisticated vibe sounds like your thing, look no further than the Customs House Tea. Soak up views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River as you consume an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, scones, macarons and handcrafted petite desserts with the beautiful Customs House as your backdrop. Treat your tastebuds with a chilled fresh orange juice, or take the traditional meaning literally with an English breakfast tea.

Price range: From $45 per person.
Available: Daily from 10am-11.30am or 2pm-3.30pm.

Bacchus, South Brisbane

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 between 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 menu is available upon request.

Price range: From $38 per person.
Available: Tuesday to Sunday afternoons.

And just a short drive from Brisbane…

Tea and Niceties, Eagle Heights

Step back in time and experience the old-world charm of the traditional European tearoom at picturesque Mount Tamborine. Catering for children and gluten intolerances, the team at Tea and Niceties ensures the high tea is something that can be enjoyed by all.

Price range: From $55 per person.
Available: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-4pm.

The Old Teahouse Gallery, Mudgeeraba

Nestled in the green Gold Coast Hinterland, The Old Teahouse Gallery is within easy reach of both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and offers the perfect setting to be pampered with an extravagant high tea. With stretched linen tablecloths, sumptuous high-back chairs and vintage bone china tea sets, The Old Teahouse Gallery offers decadent treats to savour.

Price range: From $30 per person.
Available: Some Fridays from 11am-2.30pm (call to confirm available days) and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

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Article by Hannah Doody

Hannah is a former journalist at Style Magazines. When she is not exploring new parts of the world, you will find her at music festivals, or on her eternal quest for the best breakfast in Brisbane.

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