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Published April 2nd 2017
Outstanding high teas that are unsurpassed
High tea is an occasion to enjoy special celebrations such as Mother's Day or birthdays, or simply to catch up with friends. The list below features top High Teas around Sydney.
1. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Sofitel is celebrating the release of Beauty and the Beast with an enchanting High Tea. Indulge in French delicacies such as a white chocolate dome, a passion cheesecake and a berry macaron. This offer is valid until 30 June, from $69 - $89 an adult and $29 a child which includes a Beauty and the Beast activity kit. Available daily 11.00am - 5.00pm. Bookings required. See website for more details on their range of other exciting High Teas.
Gunners Barracks is a historic sandstone building with superb ocean views. I have dined in the Tea Room three times and their cakes, pastries and sandwiches have always been delicious. Their large eye-popping scones are a meal in themselves. They have a Morning Tea ($35 per person) and a range of Afternoon Teas from $50 - $70 (gluten free is available). See website for further details. Gunners Barracks also has a Childrens Traditional Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, petit pastries and scone with jam and cream. Price is $35 per person. Great for birthday parties.
With its large floor to ceiling windows, the Park Hyatt has the best address overlooking Sydney Harbour across to the iconic Opera House. Their Afternoon Tea is a three tier indulgence of delicious treats with warm scones crowned with sugar crystals. When our family celebrated my daughter's birthday at the Park Hyatt, she received a delicate silky smooth chocolate mousse birthday cake with a candle, compliments of the hotel. It was a seriously good-tasting surprise. Served 2.30pm – 5.00pm. Price is $55 per person or $70 with a flute of Moet & Chandon Rose champagne.
The Shangri-La have pretty impressive high teas in The Lobby Lounge. Their Afternoon Tea contains three tiers of sumptuous pleasure from the unique skills of dessert chef, Anna Polyviou. For chocaholics, your ultimate indulgence awaits. The Chocolate High Tea has three tiers of chocolate sweets to satisfy all hard-core aficionados. Both these high teas are daily 11.30am – 5.00pm. But wait, there's more. There is a bunny-themed Easter High Tea with a range of interesting and decadent Easter foodie offerings. Available from 14 - 17 April. These offers range in price from $38. Check their website for further details.
One can never over-indulge in good food, particularly at a buffet with a large variety of delicious sweet and savoury foods, a chocolate fountain and unlimited tea and coffee. The Swissotel's Crossroads Bar has a High Tea buffet which makes this high tea quite unique. Available Saturday's and Sunday's for $69 which includes a glass of sparkling on arrival. See website for more details.
6. Boronia Tea Room
This beautifully restored, heritage listed, Victorian mansion offers High Tea which includes sweet and savoury items which are absolutely delicious. The highlight are their lemonade scones which are a standout with thick cream and jam. Served with T2 tea or coffee. Available daily, prices range from $50 - $75 per person. There is also a Little Ladies High Tea for 3 – 12 years at $30 per person. A wonderful assortment including fairy bread, scone, chocolate fondue and homemade marshmallow. Yum, wish I was a child again. Perfect for a child's birthday. Check their website for further details. From April 1st until April 23rd, Boronia Tea Room will have a Champagne and Chocolate Easter High Tea. Click on this link for my article which has further information.
There's nothing better than High Tea with Wedgewood. This opulent experience in The Palm Court at The Langham Sydney is sophistication at its best. Sweet treats and savoury fare are served seven days a week 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Starts at $65 per person weekdays, from $75 per person weekends. See website for more information.
Sir Stamford has four delectable High Teas that range from the Traditional to the Elegant to a Kids High Tea. In a break from tradition, each High Tea is served with lemon scones with cream and mixed berry jam. They are available seven days a week 11.00am – 4.00pm. Prices range from $42 - $79 and the Kids High Tea is $32. See website for more information. Sir Stamford will also have a special Mother's Day High Tea so celebrate the special woman in your life on Mother's Day. Price $89 an adult and $42 a child. Click link for more details.
9. Portico Restaurant and Wine Bar
Portico, at the rear of the heritage-listed Greengate Hotel, has recently begun the High Tea tradition with yummy sandwiches and luscious cakes that will make you want more. A friend and I recently visited Portico and indulged in a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, moist friands and tasty teacakes. Our freshly made scones with jam and thick cream washed down with a glass of King Valley Sparkling ensured we had a blissful afternoon. Every day 2:30pm - 5:00pm. $30 traditional high tea, $40 sparkling high tea. Click on this link for my article which has further information.
Within the gorgeous landscaped gardens of Ryde TAFE is the Ambassador Restaurant, a wonderful training ground for future chefs and those who wish to enter the hospitality industry. I have dined at the Ambassador several times for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed. As this restaurant is a base for catering students to learn practical skills, the cost is minimal. The high tea is prepared by the Le Cordon Bleu patisserie students twice a term without drinks.