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Where's Perth's Best High Tea?

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Published July 31st 2017
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Escape the city with high tea (by Peninsula Tea Gardens)

High tea, the most elegant of social occasions, is celebrated with ornate silverware and fine bone china in opulent surroundings, as attentive hosts serve exquisitely sweet and savoury treats while pouring a premium range of teas.

Celebrate your special occasion with friends and family with these top 5 high tea experiences in Perth.

The George - 216 St Georges Terrace; (08) 6161 6662
The George is the best of British, the royal castle inside London House in our West End. The delightful English tradition, beginning in the 1600s, has been refined for an elegant afternoon of ceremony and celebration.

Adults, in groups of up to 30, will enjoy a menu of sweet and savoury delicacies including freshly baked scones with exotic jams and Chantilly cream, French macarons, petit sandwiches and beautifully balanced tartlets.

A high tea isn't complete without a range of premium teas poured into the finest fine bone china. Take your pick of 8 teas, from peppermint and chamomile from Egypt, green tea with jasmine, handpicked from the Chinese countryside, and masala chai, earl grey, and vanilla, from the lush fields of Ceylon.

The George offers 4 high tea experiences, beginning with the traditional for $45, prestige with sparkling wine for $50, top shelf with a specialty cocktail for $55, and the grand cru with G.H. Mumm Champagne for $60.

Children can join the fun, with a special menu for $20 offered for those aged 12 and under.

The George serves high tea each Saturday and Sunday, with special packages for birthdays, mothers to be and hen's parties.

C Restaurant - St Martins Tower, Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace; (08) 9220 8333
High atop our western capital, C Restaurant slowly revolves over 90 minutes, as guests gaze to the horizon with 360-degree panoramic views. Perhaps the most spectacular of Perth's high tea experiences, the C's menu is carefully curated by Frantisek Ilizi, executive chef after baking macarons in luxury Parisian bakeries.

Share a menu of petit four, the "small oven" bite-sized appetiser, freshly baked scones, savoury pastries and delicate finger sandwiches.

Choose from 11 varieties of tea in your bottomless china cup, with top choices of green sencha, a smooth Japanese creation with hints of melon and apricot, and spicy fruit blush, a rich blend of hibiscus, elderberries, papaya, safflower petals, and cinnamon.

C's 4 high tea experiences begin with the classic for $47, with options for a glass of Australian sparkling wine or French Champagne.

Children 12 years and younger are also welcome for a prince/princess menu, with a variety of soft drinks if youthful palates aren't ready for tea.

C Restaurant serves high tea 7 days a week, with an old-fashioned personal touch - bookings are encouraged via phone only.

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High tea with an American flavour (by Origins)

Peninsula Tea Gardens - Tranby House, 2A Johnson Rd; (08) 92728894
The Peninsula is unique amongst the high tea experiences in Perth, with guests escaping the city to enjoy an afternoon in a natural oasis beside the Swan River. The garden setting is inspired by the vast country estates of England and France, but blossoms with Australian native flowers. The dining room is also richly decorated with antiques and artwork.

The Parisian afternoon high tea continues the social repast introduced during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century.

Begin with delicately cut sandwiches of ham and egg with dijon, garlic herb chicken with avocado and sour cream, roast beef with horseradish and cream cheese, and the classic combination of smoked salmon with cucumber and dill mayonnaise.

Continue with warm scones, topped with lashings of strawberry preserve and whipped cream or French-style cakes and petit fours.

Vegetarian gluten-free selections ensure all guests can indulge.

Of the 10 teas, highlights are the Kenilworth, a high-grade Orange Pekoe with scents of soft roses, Buddha's Tears with pearls of hand-rolled jasmine and silver needle white tea, and Barbado Dream, a caffeine-free burst of fruits with vanilla..

Peninsula's high tea is $38.80 on weekdays, $42.80 on weekends with BYO champagne and complimentary corkage.

Book at Peninsula Tea Gardens.

Rochelle Adonis - 2 St Albans Ave, Highgate; (08) 9227 0007
Excite your imagination with a contemporary high tea in an intimate salon. Renowned for their richly decorated cakes and confections, Rochelle Adonis have reinvented high tea for the 21st century, adding their signature creations to the menu.

While the menu nods to the classics with cucumber finger sandwiches, it also features spicy gazpacho, a palate-cleansing mint and berry sorbet, smoked salmon and leek scones, lime cheesecake, vanilla panacotta and a chocolate and strawberry tart.

Rochelle is well-stocked with a range of Australian teas from Love Tea, including honey spice chai, raspberry leaf, and white camellia with rose and goji. For coffee-lovers, single origin French press by Origin is brewed fresh.

Rochelle Adonis's high tea is $58, with children welcomed to share the same menu. Although slightly more boisterous than other venues, the service is accommodating and attentive.

Rochelle Adonis serves high tea Tue - Fri during lunch and on weekends with lunch and afternoon sittings. Book at Dimmi.

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3 tiers of high tea heaven (by C Restaurant)

Origins - 207 Adelaide Terrace; (08) 9224 7777
High Tea at Origins is distinctive for the influences from the global 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel brand, especially the American flavours, adding a New World taste to an Old World tradition.

Highlights on the three-tiered stands at Luxury Travel Guide's 2017 Restaurant of the Year begin with savoury starters, from cassava cracker with chicken satay and peanuts, to Hawaiian salmon with avocado, pink ginger and furikake.

Continue with whipped blue cheese with apple, celery, walnut and rye, spiced chicken with mint riata and baby naan bread, or New York style beef pastrami fingers with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and pickles.

Finish on a sweet note with wildflower honey cake, warm apple crumble with sauce Anglaise, and white chocolate brownies with boysenberry curd.

Origins's high tea, served with organic tea in Wedgwood tea sets, espresso coffee and sparkling wine, starts at $49.

Origins serves high tea on weekends with lunch and afternoon sittings. Book at Pan Pacific.

Where do you go for an elegant experience in Perth? We'd love to hear your comments.

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