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Where's the Best High Tea in Brisbane?

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published April 20th 2012
Everyone deserves to be treated like a queen once in a while. I recommend 'High Tea' - the ultimate indulgence.

Dating back to the reign of Queen Catherine, wife of King Charles II of England, high tea is traditionally served in the late afternoon. Loose leaf tea is brewed and served in pretty tea cups while petite sandwiches, savouries, scones, and sweet treats are presented on tiered plate stands. The modern Australian high tea may be served in the morning or afternoon, and a glass of sparkling wine or champagne is often included.

The Stamford Plaza (CBD) hosts the most renowned 'High Tea' in Brisbane. 'High Tea' may be taken on the terrace overlooking the Brisbane River or in the hotel lobby where guests are entertained by a live string ensemble. The Stamford has three sittings: Traditional Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea, and a Chocolate High Tea Buffet. Prices start at $35 per person.

Other hotels in the city that serve 'High Tea' include the Sofitel, Marriott, and Hilton.

There are several quaint and charming tea houses in Brisbane. Queenies Traditional Tea House (Nundah) and Forget Me Not Tea Room (Graceville) are well known for their wonderful tea selections and edible delights. The Cobble Stone Tea House (New Farm) has been receiving rave reviews since opening late last year.

Why not turn it into a day trip? Tea & Niceties (Mt Tamborine) and The Old Teahouse Gallery (Gold Coast) are two worth making a trip to.

High tea sittings are usually one and a half to two hours long. Bookings are essential and not all establishments welcome children. It is best to check beforehand. Prices vary.

If you have experienced Brisbane's best 'High Tea', leave a comment and share with other Weekend Notes readers.
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I took my daughter to high tea at the Stamford Plaza for her 18th birthday and it was just lovely. They had a string duo playing in the lobby and the food was absolutely delicious. It's a little expensive, but we didn't need to eat lunch or dinner that day because we ate so much, so it all works out in the end!
by Sharee Cordes (score: 1|33) 3944 days ago
The Standford Plaza "High Tea" is a big disappointment. Overpriced, plain white china, mass produced food. I don't know why it has the supposed reputation it has when there are so many other places in and around Brisbane who do a real high tea with the English china, individual service, ambience and beautifully prepared food, all at less cost than the Plaza who also charge an arm and a leg for parking.
by cewoo (score: 0|4) 3941 days ago
Devon Pixies at Logan Village do a fabulous high tea! On a Thursday, Devonshire tea is only $5 for 2 big scones & cups of tea. All food is lovingly made by the owner & all the decor is girly pink, with lots of different patterened fine china sets. She has lorikeets visit the peaceful tree filled acreage. My girlfriends & i are regular visitors to the teahouse, it's well worth the drive for a lovely day out. 0421659052 &
by sweet (score: 0|4) 3181 days ago
I have had many High Teas and its been a bit mixed bag.
Stamford Plaza - 4 out of 5 times great
tea and Niceties 3 out out of 3 great
kerrie Craig - disappointing
Joseph Alexanders - TERRIBLE
miss Dee's at Tarragindi - a real treat in the suburbs
Can't remember the name of one place but its opposite central station- horrible
by marga85 (score: 1|60) 3934 days ago
Tea and niceties, Eagle Heights. About an hours drive from Brisbane but well worth the trip. The food and the ambiance were second to none.
Mother and 2 daughters.
by delor (score: 1|12) 3215 days ago
Tea and Nicities at Eagle Heights would have to be the best high tea ever. The decor is very 'girlie' with lots of pink and roses, but I have seen men enjoying the experience too. The food is delictable and all made by the owners. After you have enjoyed your high tea you can take the couple of minute drive to Gallery Walk and look around the lovely shops.
by linda (score: 0|3) 3920 days ago
Carnivale in Ascot has the worst high tea I have ever experienced. My friend loves the Sofitel high tea and often does that for special family occasions.
by amand (score: 1|11) 3936 days ago
My favorite High Tea experience by far has been - nice, personal and very much the English experience I was after!
by treas (score: 0|5) 3826 days ago
Mt Cotton Guesthouse by far the best, with it's views overlooking the bushland and beautiful food. Sue makes you feel so welcome and the unlimited top ups of coffee, tea or a cool drink makes it a bargain at $40.
by mjtat (score: 0|3) 3278 days ago
Room with Roses, Brisbane Arcade Balcony. Elegant surroundings, fresh roses, floral china, white tablecloths. The High Tea morsels were exquisite - fresh, different, homemade and all flavours were elegantly understated. Table service was delightful and attentive - what could be better than having a Traditional High Tea in the Brissy Arcade with a charming young Englishman tending to our every whim. Really impressive.
by misss (score: 0|2) 3183 days ago
Dropped into Passiontree Velvet ( to sample their new high tea menu the other day. I must say I was blown away! Hand crafted Belgian chocolates, Parisian patisserie goods and spectacular high tea fancies. They also provide a stunning range of macaroons!
by Eugene Went (score: 0|2) 3058 days ago
The very best High tea I've experience was at "High Society" in Wooloowin. I used to take clients there as a thank you for their business . It was 10 out of 10 in every aspect and you felt elegant and valued, just superb. So sad when it closed. My next choice was Queenies when it was in Ascot. A beautifully appointed venue. A shame that it to closed due to not being able to find suitably trained staff. I have been to many others, but they never reach the bar set by these two afore mentioned businesses. I really miss them.
by Mgble (score: 0|2) 2940 days ago
I hosted a baby shower for my friend and used Fleurtea mobile high tea. They provide all the fine china, cutlery and delicious home made food. Very reasonably priced and no cleaning up.
by mooey (score: 0|2) 2797 days ago
Certainly not the Stamford.. Serving scones that looked like Scottish buns ,bitter chocolate sauce , large donut balls rolled in a chocolate watery syrup ( not edible) and a host of other foods not up to the caliber of a 5 star hotel . Felt like it was baked by novice chefs .no string quartet as stated in their spiel, not recommended
by Islan (score: 0|2) 3299 days ago
Mt Cotton Guesthouse do a terrific high tea. The staff are friendly and you are well looked after. The homemade food is delicious and being surrounded by the bush creates a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend.
by mikec (score: 0|2) 3404 days ago
I took three friends from Sydney to Keri Craig Emporium for afternoon tea. We arrived 30 minutes before they closed but were told that the kitchen was closed and they would only serve cups of tea or coffee. The tea was a tea bag not loose leaf for which we were charged $6.50 per cup. During our tea, they were vaccuming the carpet so we had to raise our voices over the noise to talk. Very disappointing experience overall.
by debor (score: 0|2) 3522 days ago
I totally agree with you. Went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Ww don't get out much and it was to be a real treat. What a disappointment. I contacted The Stamford and have had no acknowledgement to my complaint.
by Malan (score: 0|2) 3582 days ago
Mt Cotton Guesthouse ( was the best high tea I've had in a long time (been to Stamford, Versace, Noop, Gardener's Cafe (Hawkins). Set in 50 acres of bushland (20 hectares is 'Boom-Ber-Pee' (koala) private nature refuge), it is a most beautiful location. The homemade food was high quality and the tea and coffee just kept coming.
by Roz_M (score: 0|2) 3741 days ago
The best High Tea we have had recently is at Perfect Living Cafe in Bulimba. It is in amongst Perfect Living giftshop and has a great atmosphere. The people there are friendly, service is great and the food was plenty and very tastey. I think you are allowed BYO there. We are going to book again.
by peter (score: 0|2) 3755 days ago
I found The Willows Tea Room at Mt Gravatt to be an authentic and lovely experience. My parents and girlfriend loved the experience!
by me (score: 0|2) 3826 days ago
My favorite high tea in Brisbane has been at Highsocietie in Clayfield. I have been there with a friend who had the gluten free high tea and that was as delicious as the normal serving. A highlight is the lovely old china used, which sets the atmosphere more than ordinary restaurant china.
by Jnnfr (score: 0|2) 3843 days ago
Lash Cafe does gluten free High Tea and you can also BYO champagne.
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 3917 days ago
Devon Pixies Logan
by carlo (score: 0|2) 3936 days ago
I organised my best friend's bridal shower with Sugarize (a mobile high tea catering service) and it was amazing! The owner is a chef so the food was delicious and they provided everything from the tables and chairs, styling, flowers, Royal Albert china and we even had a personal server. The prices were $30 per head and">
by jasmi (score: 0|2) 2586 days ago
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