High Tea has grown in popularity over the years. It was once reserved for the upper class in England with cucumber sandwiches and tiny cakes served on fine china. Traditionally high tea was served late in the afternoon on a high table such as the dining table, in contrast to a low coffee table, hence the name. The high tea experience hasn't changed, however it is now an accessible experience for all to enjoy. It is particularly popular on Mothers Day, for baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays and any type of celebration. Any get-together with friends is often all the excuse you need. With small sandwiches, petite cakes and miniature delicacies, high tea is a decadent and enjoyable way to spend quality time with friends and family. Here are locations around Canberra offering this English tradition with their own unique twist.
High Tea at the Burbury Hotel is held at the Terrace Restaurant on the hotels rooftop, overlooking the city. Their high tea includes a selection of finely made French cakes, tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied with TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee. This elegant High Tea is held between 1pm - 4pm on weekend afternoons and includes sweets such as Chocolate glazed éclair with espresso cream, Pistachio financier with rum pineapple and Nutella macaroons. The price is $50 per person or $60 if you wish to include a glass of G.H.Mumm Champagne. Bookings essential on 02 6163 1818. See the Burbury Hotel website for more details.
Afternoon high tea at the Hyatt has been a tradition at this historic hotel over many years. If you are after an authentic experience, this heritage listed hotel is a charismatic place to enjoy the afternoon in style. High tea is served in the Tea Lounge between Friday and Sunday (at different sittings) with an array of savouries, finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes and slices. The finest estate leaf teas are served, together with a full selection of espresso coffees, juices and an extensive wine list.
If you are wishing to organise a high tea for a friend who is an expectant mother, gluten free or vegetarian, the chefs at the Hyatt can create a tailor-made high tea for your group. The price is $59 per person including a Lerida Estate Zenzi sparkling wine. Bookings required on (02) 6269 8815. See the Hyatt Hotel Canberra website for more details.
High Tea at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) is another traditional high tea in a historical building, creating a beautiful ambience to enjoy your sweet treats. Built in 1927, this building will impress with its high ceilings and Classical style. Held at the Hoi Polloi Restaurant on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, the High Tea includes dainty mini lamingtons, mini red velvet cupcakes with Persian fairy floss and buttermilk scones, berries and rose petal conserve with chantilly cream as well as sparkling wine, sparkling water, tea and coffee. See here for the High Tea menu. The price is $49 per person and bookings are essential on 1300 870 433. See the Museum of Australian Democracy website for more details.
Adore Tea is a specialist tea outlet and charming café at Gold Creek Village in Nicholls, north of the city. If you love tea in particular, this will be a heavenly way to spend an afternoon enjoying a variety of flavours alongside sweet and savoury petites. Each season there is a specialty menu, so check the Adore Tea Facebook for the latest season's details. The price is $48 per person and bookings are essential on 02 6230 9962. Adore Tea can also fit in with your dietary requirements. See the Adore Tea website for more details.
Source: Adore Tea Facebook
Seasonal High Tea Menu's. Source: Adore Tea Facebook
High Tea at Ricardo's Café and Patisserie in Macquarie, north of the city, is a modern take on the traditional high tea. This venue is a popular café to enjoy the colourful and creative sweet treats made on site by owner Ricardo and his trained team of pastry experts. These impressive masterpieces are made to surprise and delight, inspired by French cuisine contemporary style. Expect the unexpected with quirky delicacies on sticks, hidden surprises and mouth watering flavours. The price begins at $35 per person. Call 02 6251 2666 to book a table and discuss your options. See the Ricardo's website for more details. For an article on Ricardo's café, see here.
If you are wanting to get out of the city, The Scented Rose Garden and Terrace in Bywong (NSW) is also a pleasant escape for the day, located half an hour north of Canberra's CBD. Their high tea costs $45 per person and includes entry into their Rose Garden. See the Scented Rose Garden website for more details.
High tea is gaining in popularity each year, with many hotels and restaurants holding speciality high tea events around the city for Mothers Day, Floriade and other Springtime occasions. So gather a group of friends and book a table at any one of these high tea locations across the city for an afternoon of decadence and delight. If you have a sweet tooth, it will be an afternoon to remember, savouring petites displayed so prettily on the layered stands.
...and the savouries look just as divine! Source: The Scented Rose Garden and Terrace Facebook, Bywong