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Tired of snacking on vending machine treats to break the mid-afternoon energy crash? In the 18th century, workers shared a meal of scones and tea during a 3pm break. This simple snack lead to the invention of the sandwich and the creation of the High Tea for high society to socialise before an evening of leisure.
Enjoy the historic refresher with High Tea at one of these cafes in Adelaide. Have you also found a special spot to host a High Tea?
(by Intercontinental Hotel)
Intercontinental Hotel on North Terrace – Starting at $39, the IC experience begins with a glass of champagne, as endless refills of tea and coffee are poured with chicken, prosciutto and the obligatory cucumber sandwiches, pies, cheesecake, chocolate cake, macarons, tarts, profiteroles and scones with cream and jam. Add another $10 for a glass of G.H. MUMM Champagne. There are also lunch options with smoked salmon salad, a hotel-special club wrap, chicken, cranberry and quinoa salad and an indulgent option with prawn, scallop, or seared tuna tapas. Coffee lovers can swap the tea for High Coffee. Click here to view the details, including the menu. Call (08) 8238 2400 to book.
Stamford on North Terrace – Starting at $36, the Traditional High Tea starts with Chardonnay before the sweet and savoury treats are served. Tarts, scones and waffles join roulade sandwiches, smoked salmon, curry puffs and brie choux. Love chocolate? Choose the $45 option, beginning with a Toblerone cocktail and replacing the sweet pastries with chocolate-infused snaps, tarts, scones and brownies. High Tea is hosted Tuesday – Sunday from 3pm-5pm. Click here to book or Call (08) 8461 1111.
Mayfair Hotel on 45 King William Street – Don't risk your Fine China, enjoy the Wedgwood porcelain and tea at the Mayfair, starting at $39. Espresso coffee is also served with 5 savoury and sweet treats, including quiche, crossiants, scones, macarons and chocolate-dipped strawberries. For an extra $10, the French Gateaux Trolley is carries an elegant assortment of desserts, including madeleines, mousse, eclairs, slices and tarts. High Tea is hosted Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-4pm. Click here to view the details, including the menu. Click here to book or Call (08) 8210 8899.
Ginza Miyako, the restaurant fusing Japanese and French cuisine, adds an oriental flavour to High Tea, incorporating the best of Western and Japanese elements in a unique once-a-month experience. Beginning with champagne or Japanese wine, you'll receive sushimi, sushi, teriyaki chicken, tempura prawns, chocolate mousse and mascarpone cheese cream. Typically offered on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 12pm – 2.30pm. High Tea costs $55 for adults, $29 for children. Ginza Miyako is on Level 1 in the Stamford Plaza Hotel on 150 North Terrace. Call (08) 8221 6147 to book or click here to visit the website.
I loved the Mayfair Hotel and consider it the best Venue and value. There is a sense of Occassion in the lovely room and the beautiful china. Extremely well trained and happy staff made our day perfect.
The Stamford by comparison needs work. A major makeover for a start. We were in a dark brown dungeon that functions as a bar at night! Untrained staff who had no idea of service. Such a dissappointment. The food was nice though but no sense of a treat! Ann
The only high tea I've ever had in SA is at Newmans Nursery in Tea Tree Gully so I can't compare to others but it's delicious food, a collection of sweet and savoury delights, in a lovely setting, either inside or outside, and after you can enjoy a chat and a wander around the gorgeous nursery and enjoy the plants and trees. There is an incredible magenta magnolia display in the trees around september
Mercure Grosvenor Hotel on North Terrace, Does a really lovely one, loads of food items, bottomless tea or Coffee and a Glass of bubbly $49. Winter one includes warm savoury's and sometimes that includes a little soup