You don’t have to be high-brow to enjoy high tea, we’ve proven that on numerous occasions. Still, when an iced vovo and a mug of international roast just isn’t hitting the spot, or you’re planning a day out with Mum, it’s nice to pretend to be royalty for an afternoon. We’ve made the transition easy for you with a list of Brisbane’s best high teas.
Indulge in an afternoon of timeless elegance with high tea at The Lab. Set within the beautiful Treasury Hotel, high tea is offered from 1-3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Devour classic sweet and savoury menu items like gourmet ribbon sandwiches, scones, petite quiche and decadent pastries made in house. Perfect for bridal showers, hen’s nights and friend dates, The Lab’s standard high tea is $45pp. But team G&G is all about the two hour premium Chandon package for just $59 (worth it).
The paleo heros at Asana know that even those of us on special diets want to indulge too – and so they created a paleo high tea! You’ll want to eat like a caveman with the selection of delectable sweet and savoury canapes on offer. Available every weekend, sip on Sensory Lab coffee or T2 tea, or up the ante with a glass of French bubbles. High tea starts at $32pp.
Nickel Kitchen & Bar | Fortitude Valley
For a modern twist on a traditional high tea you can’t look past Nickel Kitchen & Bar. Nickel have three packages, all of which have unlimited champagne for two hours…we’re listening. Choose between the Enchanted, Sapphire and Coronation packages for such treats as smoked mackerel and French radish open sandwiches, strawberry mille feuille and of course – scones with clotted cream and house made jam.
Kennigo Social House | Spring Hill
Nestled at the foot of Spring Hill in a beautiful heritage listed building, Kennigo Social House offers an exquisite high tea experience. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, plus barista tea or coffee made to order, while tucking into a tower of warm lemonade scones, passionfruit curd galettes, roast pumpkin and feta tarlets, brownies and more. At just $39pp, you’ll dine like a queen without the price tag to match! Available Wednesday – Saturday, and there’s a 10 person minimum to book, so grab your besties and get social.
Bacchus | South Bank
High tea at Bacchus is served on William Edwards fine bone china – the crockery once dined on by the Queen Mother herself. Fancy. Although we bet she wasn’t lucky enough to have plain AND date scones with Bonne Maman raspberry preserve and cream chantilly at her high teas. (We also bet that wasn’t tea in her bone china!)
Passiontree Velvet | Carindale
With four high teas to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Passiontree Velvet. Peck at a classic Devonshire with jam and cream topped scones, indulge in the Dutchess with finger sandwiches and delicate cakes, sweeten up with the Macaron or feed your inner child with Teddy Bears Picnic.
The Racing Cafe | Hendra
Step out of the city and into Hendra, as a scrumptious, affordable high tea lurks in the suburbs. The menu features all your favourites including finger sandwiches, lemon meringue tarts and raspberry melting moments. Perfect for celebrations, high tea here is just $25pp, with a minumum booking of ten people.
Stamford Plaza | Edward Street
For a truly euphoric experience you can’t look past the high tea options at Stamford Plaza. Inspired by our great state pick between the Spirit of Queenslander or Riverside Brisbane high teas. From south of the border? They still have you sorted with the Chocolate High Tea Buffet – um, can we have it for every meal?
Vintaged Bar & Grill | Elizabeth Street
It’s not all sweet treats at the Hilton’s Vintaged high tea, with delicious savoury sandwiches like spanner crab and smoked salmon, goats curd, celery heart, watercress and walnut, and herbed corn-fed chicken with mustard mayonnaise. Plenty of chocolate too, of course.
Keri Craig Emporium | Brisbane Arcade
Keri Craig’s Coffee Lounge does a traditional high tea with French bubbles and some deliciously grown up scones, but also realises that sometimes kids need a taste of the highlife as well. The Children’s High Tea features layered sandwiches, cupcakes and milkshakes, but don’t worry – there’s still champagne for Mum.
Words by Emma Callaghan