High Tea Heaven
WHEN YOU FEEL like living the high life, or just indulging in the art of enjoyment, set time aside to enjoy high tea. Brisbane locals love high tea and there are many places where you can pander to a love of cake and a good strong brew.
Step back in time with a visit to Brisbane Arcade and enjoy one of the finer things in life, high tea at Room with Roses (Gallery Level, Brisbane Arcade, 160 Queen Street, Brisbane). Located on the second level of this historic arcade, Room with Roses does high tea the old fashioned way with butterfly cakes filled with real cream, traditional ribbon sandwiches and more.
If you are feeling especially indulgent, try the chocolate high tea or add a glass of champagne for a festive finish. For the ultimate treat there’s a chocolate fondue high tea where you’ll be dipping strawberries, banana pieces, marshmallow and biscotti into delicious melted chocolate.
Room with Roses also serves up their wares for a perfect picnic. With three scrumptious hampers to choose from you can expect signature favourites like smoked salmon roulade, handcrafted sweets and their famous raspberry scones. Celebrating a special occasion? For $40 you can request a chilled bottle of Veuve D’argent bubbles with your hamper—they’ll even pack the champagne flutes! Great for impromptu sight-seeing adventures or romantic celebrations, take a little piece of heritage charm with you as you stroll along the riverside boardwalk at South Bank, or hop on a ferry and catch a spectacular sunset atop Kangaroo Point. Available Monday to Saturday, hampers simply require 24 hours notice prior to collection, or 48 hours for gluten free options.
Stamford Plaza Brisbane (cnr Edward Street and Margaret Street, Brisbane) offers an elegant high tea on a silver stand with pastries prepared by Stamford’s chefs. You can sip your tea and enjoy views of the Brisbane River. There’s also a chocolate high tea buffet on weekends where your chocolate dreams can come true.
At the other end of the river, a Customs House (399 Queen Street, Brisbane) high tea will see you dining with traditional tiered stands on the restaurant terrace. Cupcakes and macarons, scones and sandwiches and petite dessert cakes will delight your taste buds.
Surrounded by panoramic city views, high tea at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel (249 Turbot Street, Brisbane) includes a combination of classic favourites and new sweet delicacies such as raspberry choux a la crème, cherry cone mouse and pistachio sacher torte.