Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons . I'm born and bred in Brisbane and will find everything that sparkles in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Published September 21st 2016
For a great day out with girlfriends
Being a mother of three sons it's important that I spend quality time with the girls. One of the best ways to catch up with girlfriends is to organise High Tea. You can frock up, enjoy tasty treats and even a glass of bubbles. So armed with my gal pals ( two of whom are English so they know their High Teas) we have tracked down three of the best High Teas in Brisbane for you.
1. Sofitel Club Lounge High above the workaday world nestled on the 23rd floor of the Sofitel Hotel we tried the Radiant High Tea. After a hard day's shopping there is nothing better than being buzzed into this quiet space , settling into the comfy couches and being served by the friendly hostesses. The Sofitel themes its High Tea around the Pantone colours of the year- Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. The offerings here are plentiful and varied with dainty ribbon sandwiches offering inventive fillings like tandoori chicken as well as salmon and egg.. There are two types of scones and some macarons. The French pastries like opera cake, mousse cake and friands are a delight and although we tried our best we could not finish the generous servings on offer. There is a varied loose leaf tea menu or coffee for those who prefer . This High Tea we all agreed was sensational.
2. Bacchus, Rydges
After a matinee at Qpac we retired to the ambience of Bacchus , Rydges for their Sparkling High Tea. After being ushered into the high wing backed chairs we were offered a glass of Chandon before being served with ribbon sandwiches, tartlets and dainty scones. There are delectable macarons with flavours like pistachio and salted caramel . The French pastries and cakes on offer included a mango cheesecake dome and the tricky opera cake. In this haven high above the river they have a great selection of teas or coffee. A very relaxing way to spend the afternoon . High Tea here is served from Tuesday but bookings are essential.
Plenty of different teas to choose from. Photo: Bacchus, Rydges
3. Room with Roses The iconic ' Room with Roses' in the heritage listed Brisbane Arcade is a Brisbane High Tea institution. You will feel like you've stepped back in time when you enter this flower filled space. For large groups book one of the separate rooms available . This is high tea like your Nanna would make only better. The scones here were the best we tried . The sandwiches were chicken and egg with mini tartlets and salmon roulades completing the savoury options.
The flower printed cake stand also contained mini lemon tarts and raspberry friands. Make sure you specify any gluten free or vegetarian options when you book. Champagne is extra . The best part of the High Tea here is that it is available all day. They also cater to ocaasions like Mother's Day and in early November they are hosting the Romance Writer's High Tea.
These are just three that we have tried . Some friends swear by the High Tea at the Pig and Whistle - Indooroopilly, others like the history of the Custom's House High Tea or the weekend offerings at Stamford Plaza. You can even host a high tea at home with sandwiches, cakes, scones , muffins or mini quiche if you're feeling inspired. So tell us where is your favourite High Tea in Brisbane.? I might have to visit and check them out purely for research purposes of course.