When it comes to spoiling Mum (or yourself) for Mother's Day, you just can't go past a beautiful high tea. Dainty sandwiches, decadent bite-sized pastries and 20 varieties of tea are certainly hard to pass up. More modern options have popped up alongside traditional choices, throwing themed high teas and dessert degustations into the mix.
So whichever city you live in, it's time to raise your pinky finger and indulge in a little bit of old-world glamour.
The Hotel Windsor
For a truly traditional high tea, you can't go past the Hotel Windsor, which has been serving up this experience since 1883.
Be transported back to the 19th Century as you sip on champagne and nibble on cucumber scones in a Victorian-era dining room with ornate chandeliers hanging above white linen-draped tables. This is without a doubt one of Melbourne's most luxurious high teas.
A colour scheme inspired by chocolate and cherry tells of the decadent feasts that you're in for at this world's first dessert-themed hotel.
This is definitely a modern take on the traditional high tea, with no scones on the menu. Instead, you'll be treated to seven sweets and seven savouries, with every miniature delight perfectly crafted to be a two-bite taste explosion.
The Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Known for its infamous window display of tempting treats, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms has been serving High Tea since 1892.
After a recent expansion, the cafe now serves more than 400 people each day, but don't let the crowds deter you. Enjoy the luxurious backdrop of emerald drapes hang above floral wallpaper and golden-framed mirrors as you a selection of delicious cakes, warm scones and an incredible selection of teas.
The Gunners Barracks Tea Room
With beautiful 180-degree views of the Sydney harbour, we're lucky to have this beautiful high-tea venue in our Mosman showroom neighbourhood. Be sure to ask for a spot on the large terrace so you can take advantage of the waterfront panorama that stretches from the CBD all the way round to North Head.
This is a classic experience complete with Royal Albert bone china and cucumber sandwichs, but we don't think you'll be complaining!
The Tea Room at the QVB
Nothing says Sydney high tea quite like an afternoon spent at this Sydney institution. This is the perfect place to enjoy old-world charm set underneath dazzling chandeliers as you peruse the three-page-long tea list and snack on hazelnut choux buns.
For an incredibly decadent high tea experience, head to Sydney's Intercontinental Hotel where you'll be greeted by the likes of warm flaky mushroom and chicken pie, beetroot arancini and smoked salmon wraps with lemon cream cheese.
Move onto sweets at the macaron bar, stock up at the candy station or get your fill of unlimited fluffy buttermilk scones, warm orange crepes and chocolate praline cake that tastes like a Ferrero Rocher.
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Room with Roses
Upstairs in the elegant Brisbane Arcade, is a high tea haven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, this is a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings.
Overlooking the Brisbane River, this beautiful location serves high tea both in the afternoon and morning.
For the chocolate lovers out there, indulge in the Chocolate High Tea buffet featuring shaved, melted, solid and infused chocolate throughout the entire menu. Go on, treat yourself.
Set against a verdant nursery-garden setting, you can expect a traditional high tea experience at Topiary, complete with crisp white linens, ribbon sandwiches and delicious petit fours, including beetroot meringue with cream and berries, and lavender shortbread.
For mouth-watering Vietnamese-French fusion, head to Madam Hanoi. The modern French bistro feel, punctuated with a peppering of cherry blossoms across everything from the walls to the espresso machine, sets the scene for a high tea that’s a little less traditional.
The “Hendrick’s High Tea” includes offering such as macaroons and mini banh mi layered with crisp pork, chilli and Asian basil. Three tiers of morsels are served with a pot of Hendrick’s Gin tea - an infusion of English breakfast tea, gin, lemon juice, cucumber, orange and spiced honey.
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