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The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea

The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea

Despite boasting historical origins dating back centuries, high tea remains largely unchanged by the advancing years. At its core, high tea is so much more than an excuse to eat dozens of scones in one sitting – it’s a delightful afternoon ritual that offers diners the chance to selectively splurge on everything from sweets and savouries to tea and champagne. Brisbane has a thriving high-tea scene, with numerous venues breaking out the fancy tiered tableware for scrumptious services throughout the week. We've put together a list of some of this city’s best.


W Brisbane, Brisbane City: One of Brisbane’s most impressive hotels is also delivering the goods with its new high-tea offering. Every Saturday and Sunday, W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar dishes up offerings including reimagined Australian favourites like the meat pie, lamington and Milo, pairing the food with crisp glasses of Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne and Mezzo Mezzo Martinis.

Room with Roses, Brisbane City: This iconic Brisbane venue is the first port of call for a lot of high-tea lovers and with good reason – high tea is what it does best! With a menu of options comprised of lovingly made treats and savoury bites and three unique rooms to relax in, Room with Roses prides itself on providing memorable dining experiences daily.

The Lab Restaurant and Bar, Brisbane City: Inside Treasury Brisbane is an elegant eatery that specialises in a suitably opulent high-tea service. The Lab Restaurant and Bar hosts high teas every Saturday and Sunday, boasting bottomless La Maison du Thé French tea, champagne packages and a decadent selection of savoury and sweet bites by executive chef Steven Jones.

The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm: Spicers Balfour’s signature eatery has long been a go-to spot for an indulgent tea service, and one glimpse of the menu is all it takes to know that hasn’t changed. Perrier Jouet champagne, wagyu brisket croquettes, lemon-myrtle tarts, chocolate brownies and chicken-liver parfait are just a few of the scrumptious eats and drinks on offer.

Customs House, Brisbane City: If you’re seeking some French elegance for your next high tea, Customs House by the Brisbane River is très bon. Snack on ribbon sandwiches and savoury canapes, raspberry scones, confit strawberries, handcrafted desserts and macarons while sipping on French champagne – accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Story Bridge.

Darling & Co, Paddington: Darling & Co takes a divine feminine approach to high tea, with a sumptuous array of bites to boot. Choose between local teas from West End Tea Co. or lavish gin-based cocktails (or maybe both) and while away an afternoon in some sophisticated surrounds.

Cuvée Lounge Bar, Brisbane City: Sofitel Brisbane is known for throwing some seriously lavish high teas within its stylish lounge bar Cuvée and the 30th-floor Club Lounge. Alongside unbeatable skyline views, diners can enjoy the likes of Parisian custard eclairs, fresh sultana scones, creamed egg with mustard and cucumber, and petit quiches, as well as a jaw-dropping tea list.

Bacchus, South Bank: The chic surrounds of Bacchus are perfect for high-tea gatherings and the restaurant spares no expense delivering a quintessentially English experience. Warm scones, Russian tea cake, za’atar croissants, Harney & Sons fine teas, sparkling rosé or top-shelf champagne are just some of the indulgences on offer.

Vintaged Bar + Grill, Brisbane City: Hilton’s Vintaged Bar + Grill is a popular spot for a sumptuous Sunday high tea, with a newly designed menu from pastry chef Neil Lee including classic sweet and savoury eats. Vintaged Bar + Grill hosts high teas every Sunday between 2:00–4:00 pm.

The Rendezvous Tea Room, Woolloongabba: Stanley Street is home to a charming little spot that transports diners back to the days of fortune-telling tearooms. Every Sunday, The Rendezvous Tea Room holds two-hour high-tea sittings with an array of finger sandwiches, savoury dainties and petite fours, and the curious can choose to enjoy a tea-leaf reading. Throughout the week diners can also experience a more casual low-tea service.

Summit Restaurant & Bar, Mt Coot-tha: If there’s a better outlook for high tea than a panoramic view of Brisbane from the top of Mt Coot-tha, then we’d like to see it. Summit Restaurant & Bar’s high tea serves up a selection of hot savouries, decadent sweets, fluffy scones, ribbon sandwiches and a selection of heavenly teas, Giancarlo coffee or, if you’re feeling decadent, a glass of Moët & Chandon.

Stamford Plaza, Brisbane City: Morning or night, if it’s options you want, Stamford Plaza has a high tea to satisfy your desires. With four different packages offering everything from savoury helpings to sweet temptations, Brisbane River views and guilt-free snacks, versatility is only one of Stamford Plaza’s best assets.

Covent Garden, West End: You’ve all heard of G&Ts, but what about G and Tea? West End gin bar Covent Garden serves G and High Tea deals throughout the week, with a pitcher of Covent Garden G&Tea and a spread of sweet and savoury treats. That’s a high-tea spin that we can get behind!

Passiontree Velvet, various locations: Much more than a humble cake and coffee spot, Passiontree Velvet is the perfect location to partake in a casual high-tea service. Choose from three high-tea packages and catch up with friends over scones, finger sandwiches, macarons and, of course, heavenly tea.

Kennigo Social House, Spring Hill: Set within a striking heritage-listed building, Kennigo Social House’s high tea offers culinary delights aplenty. From duck and pork sausage rolls, warm lemonade scones, passionfruit-curd galettes and couverture chocolate brownies – not to mention sparkling wine, barista-made coffee and tea – and you’ve got a seriously impressive high-tea spread indeed.

Sazerac, Brisbane City: Sazerac puts the high in high tea, with a service situated above the hustle and bustle on level 30. Every Sunday, the establishment serves up smoked salmon and dill-lemon cream cheese in mini savoury cones, open Reuben sandwiches, raspberry macaroons, fresh scones, opera cake and more, as well as a glass of champagne on arrival if you really want to live it up.

Got a spot that does an amazing high-tea service? Let us know! Send an email to [email protected] with your tips. 

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