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Published April 9th 2017
Cute, quirky & surprising places to enjoy a High Tea
High Teas are a popular way to get together with friends and have a morning of decadence for a special occasion, or to simply catch up with each other in style. Bridal Showers, Mother's Days and Hen's Days are all good excuses to bring the girls together for some High Tea opulence, but in reality - any time is a good time to enjoy a High Tea. There is something uniquely special about getting a group of friends together to a catch up over petite sandwiches, tiny morsels of chocolatey goodness and super-small savoury bites. In 2016 I wrote an article High Tea Locations in Canberra, which listed Canberra's Top 5 beautifully-presented and tasting High Tea options around the city. Since then, I have discovered 5 more options in smaller venues around the city, so there is even more choice when deciding on where to go for that special celebration. So why not get some friends together, or make a date with your sister, Mum, Aunty and Grandma and book into one of these High Tea venues - for some sweet-petite fun!
Tipsy Tea at White Rabbit. Source: White Rabbit website
1/ White Rabbit is a cocktail bar in the city which offers a Tipsy Tea for those who are after a modern High Tea experience - with a twist. Guests can indulge in a bountiful array of sweet and savoury bites, alongside White Rabbit signature cocktails or the finest French sparkling. The Tipsy Tea is held between 2pm - 5pm each Saturday afternoon. This special occasion is perfect for bridal showers, birthday parties or a simple catch up with friends as an occasion on its own, or before a night on the town. This cosy bar makes reference to Alice in Wonderland, creating a magical, fairytale feel to the experience. Cost $65 per person. See here for the Tipsy Tea menu and here for how to book.
Will you dare to go down the rabbit hole?
A High Tea with a difference at White Rabbit. Source: Original photos from White Rabbit Facebook
2/ Bookplate Cafe is located on the ground level of the National Library of Australia. It is a popular cafe for its delicious food, cakes and views from its outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. It also offers High Tea for a minimum of two people between 1:30pm to 3pm daily. Choose between a Standard High Tea for $35 per person or a Sparkling High Tea for $44 per person. Taste a range of delicious sweet petites, scones with double cream and savoury open sandwiches. See here for details and how to book. 24 hours notice is required.
3/ Hotels around Canberra offer High Teas throughout the year at Mother's Day, Floriade and for special occasions. Most prominantly, Hotel Kurrajong in Barton has a High Tea Series all throughout the year (2017), celebrating change of seasons, Chinese New Year, Easter, Mother's Day and other occasions. This historical hotel dates back to 1926 and has seen some well known political figures and prime ministers walk its halls. It is the perfect place for a quaint High Tea and to learn more about Canberra's intriguing past. 2pm sitting only, prices vary. See here for details.
High Tea sophistication at Hotel Kurrajong. Source: Original photos from the Hotel Kurrajong Facebook
4/ Lanyon Cafe is located inside the historical Lanyon Homestead in Tuggeranong, 20 minutes south of the city. This historical property, dating back to the 1800's, has tours throughout the homestead to learn more about its convict and early settler past. Behind the homestead, in a convict-built building, is the Lanyon Cafe with a function room located outside overlooking the rural views. The cafe offers a High Tea for a minimum of 6 people, for $38 per person. It includes sweet and savoury options as well as a delicious chocolate fondue. See here for details.
5/ Rodneys Cafe is located inside Rodney's Plants Plus in the area of Pialligo, just minutes from the Canberra Airport. This leafy and quaint cafe is popular with all ages, with seperate dining areas located amongst the greenery and nursery. They are popular for breakfast and lunch and now offer a High Tea experience, so you can sit outside and enjoy tiny scones under the trees. They cater for baby showers, bridal teas, christenings, naming days, birthdays and just an afternoon of friends getting together. The price is $40 per person, with a minimum of 12 people. There is also a small, private function room to hire if you would like to have the place to yourselves. See here for details.
The leafy and quaint Rodney's Cafe. Source: Rodney's website
One Extra For Dog Lovers - If you are looking for something different - and this may not be everyone's cup of tea (so to speak!) - you will be pleased to know that you can even enjoy a High Tea with your dog at A Pooch Affair, which is a one day event held at the EPIC each year. Yes, it's true. The canines get to enjoy doggie treats and puppuccinos and the adults get to enjoy champagne and human petites. Human price - $49, dog price - $15. For more details, see here.
With such a range of modern, historical and quirky High Teas now available around the city, with more popping up in the last year, I look forward to seeing what other new locations will be starting up the High Tea experience. With cute pooches now enjoying a High Tea, who knows what lies in store for the next year - and Part 3 of this article!