I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
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Published August 19th 2014
Treat yourself to High Tea in true English Tradition
Traditional English tea room surroundings transport visitors
I love the U.K. Cosy little pubs, quaint tea rooms with old furniture and cups and saucers - great on rainy days and in cold weather. Life is very different here in Australia, but here in Brisbane we can briefly be transported to the 'old country' by visiting Fleet Street, an off-shoot of the Pig and Whistle at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown.
The surroundings are reminiscent of an English Pub or Tea Room
I recently visited these Tea Rooms in order to take my daughter to her first High Tea as a treat for her fifth birthday. What a great morning we had. The surroundings were distinctly 'English' despite being in the centre of a busy shopping centre and High Tea was delightful. We were offered a selection of forty different teas (coffee was also an option), which we received in our own individual teapots with matching tea sets and silverware.
A wide selection of delectable treats
When our shared tiers were brought out, we were delighted with the selection. Mini frittatas, delightful ribbon sandwiches, scones, a variety of cakes and some special sweet treats, including a meringue which looked like a mushroom, complete with chocolate frills. Don't eat for a few hours before you go!
The staff were attentive and helpful, and as it got closer to lunchtime, the number of customers grew. The lunch time menu is basically the same as the Pig and Whistle Menu, as they share the same kitchen and features English traditional items such as Fish and Chips, Scotched Quail Eggs, Homemade Lincolnshire Sausages and Mash and Fisherman's Pie. Also on the menu are more standard pub fare items such as steaks, braised lamb shanks, burgers and salads. Prices for these mains range from $18.50 to $32.50. You can see the full menu by visiting the Fleet Street Website.
High Tea was enjoyed by all
High Tea costs $32.50 per person, or $30.50 per person if you share a tier. There is no need to book, however if you require a gluten free or vegetarian version you need to give 24 hours notice. Fleet Street is open seven days a week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. High Tea is served daily from 10am until 4.30pm. This is a great venue to relax and enjoy some calm in your busy day. Wonderful for special occasion teas or just to catch up with an old friend.
Just to be accurate - in the UK "high tea" is actually a proper meal eaten by farm workers and the like, consisting of pies, cold meats, potatoes etc. The daintier meal you are describing is just called "tea" or sometimes "afternoon tea".