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Brisbane venues taking high teas to new heights
You don’t have to be high-brow to enjoy high tea, as 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.
Emporium Hotels | South Bank
Cucumber sandwiches are cute, but we’d rather tackle a lobster brioche bun. Emporium Hotels’ high tea is up and serving daily in Belle Epoque with a healthy mix of savoury and sweet treats balanced across three tiers. Come for the buckwheat blini and stay for the Mumm if you want to take your package to a top tier experience. Find out more and book in here.
THE LAB ǀ CBD
As The Beatles famously crooned, ‘I get high with a little help from my friends.’ We at the G&G think we know exactly what they meant: high tea of course! As for where to treat your friends to crisp teacakes and sugary macarons, look no further than The Lab. Set in the heritage-listed Treasury Brisbane, indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury delights with decadent hand-crafted teas and champagne.
Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Coffee, high tea, or me? Yeah, look, I’d pick high tea too, especially when Osbourne’s cooked up one paired with Pimms. Available Sundays 11:30am-4:00pm, a mix of sweet and savoury treats from croissants to classic sauso rolls are accompanied by a good ol’ jug of Pimms to share between four (handy, as that’s the minimum number required for the deal). Get that $25 out of your pocket and slap it on the counter (politely, but with purpose).
Patina at Customs House | CBD
High tea is elevated at Patina, with a mouthwatering Champagne high tea that’s sure to impress. A sophisticated, art-deco affair, you’ll be sipping pretty with a view of the Story Bridge while surrounded by plates on plates of hand-crafted petite desserts, smoked salmon blinis, spanner crab and a French tea selection for $75pp. Don’t think we forgot the namesake of this package, because how could we look past a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier?
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, duck and pork sausage rolls, brownies and more. At just $45pp, you’ll dine like a queen without the price tag to match! Available Monday–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. Bacchus is springing into the new season, partnering with the best names in Champagne – Chandon, Moët and Dom Pérignon, to name a few. Enjoy a glass of champers while you’re indulging in beautiful sweets including key lime, chocolate and meringue tartlet, and if you’re feeling savoury, their sandwiches are a sure hit.
Passiontree Velvet | Various
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Passiontree Velvet! Peck at the classic Duchess Full High Tea with jam and cream topped scones, finger sandwiches and delicate cakes, and your choice of tea or coffee, or treat your little ones to the Teddy Bears Picnic high tea. Cute.
W Brisbane | CBD
If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying a meat pie and just wishing it was slightly more sophisticated, we’ve got news for you. Begin your taste journey in W’s Living Room Bar as you sample classic Aussie faves (with a makeover) as part of the High Tea of Aus, taking lamingtons, pies and Milo and transforming them into decadent treats.
Sofitel | CBD
What’s better than high tea with a view? Nothing we can think of right now, that’s for sure. Sofitel offers four different high tea packages, which include the likes of petit desserts, scones, sandwiches and other treats as well as tea and Champagne, all from the 30th floor with city views.
Stamford Plaza | CBD
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 Queensland 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 | CBD
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.
THE RACING CAFÉ | 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 minimum booking of ten people.
Salon de Co at Ovolo Inchcolm | Spring Hill
Snacks, Daintree chocolate, and rock ‘n’ roll. Salon de Co’s new Rock ‘n’ Roll High Tea is making the familiar unfamiliar, with three different two-hour packages up for enjoying every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-5pm. The base package comes with a glass of champers on arrival, moving up a tier to a cocktail on arrival, and finally the choice of free-flowing Champagne with an all-Aussie high tea! Brace your plate for a mountain of Vegemite and cheese tarts, Queensland spanner crab crumpets and tomato marshmallows for the ultimate euphoric twist.