Five of the best… High teas

High tea? Yes please. The Vogue Living team share their picks of the best places in Australia to get your fix of fancy tiered trays, exotic tea strains and scrumptious scones.

Among the Vogue Living staff, it is widely agreed that there is always time for a well-brewed cup of tea and a dangerously delicious sweet. Ribbon sandwiches and champagne? The icing on the petit four. While many of us in the office are known to share our hidden passion for baking with treats brought to staff meetings, we don’t often find the time to put on the dainty and decadent spread that is high tea.

Luckily, there are others who have dedicated their time to delivering this English tradition to scone-scoffing masses and we have listed our favourites below:

235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, (02) 9357 4488.
Weekends 12pm to 5pm. Bookings essential.

The interior is as noteworthy as the delicacies on offer with well-chosen antiques and sunken arm chairs illiciting the warm nights and careful gentility of the British-Raj. Its not just the delicate scones and ribbon sandwiches bringing in the ladies – at night the Darlinghurst hideaway transforms into an award-winning cocktail bar.

Level 3, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, (02) 9264 9209.
Weekdays 10am until close.

Located in the heart of Sydney city at the top of the iconic Queen Victoria Building, the QVB Tea Room is an old favourite. Those seeking the best of this British tradition and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the CBD will find themselves at home. With 35 different varieties of tea on offer and even a gluten-free high tea menu, this is the real deal.

790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW, (02) 4998 4666.
Daily 3pm to 5pm. Bookings recommended.

Sitting high on a hill, Esca at Bimbadgen Estate proves it’s not wrong to go to wine country for tea. The picturesque Hunter Valley location and a flute’s of Bimbadgen Estate Sparkling Semillon or Rosé makes this high tea a nice and neat alternative to the typical cellar door experience.

Level 6, Myer, 314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne, (03) 9661 1546.
Sundays only. Bookings essential.

Bring some glamour to your afternoon with tea at The Mural Hall. The heritage-listed ballroom on the top floor of Myer’s Bourke Street department store is a hidden treasure recently restored and opened to the public for private events and high tea on Sundays. Indulge in activities once reserved for Melbourne’s elite, sipping tea as you take in live music and the enormous series of Art Deco murals that gave the venue its name.

Brisbane Arcade, 160 Queen Street, Brisbane, (07) 3229 7050.
Daily 9am to 11:30am and 2pm to 3pm.

It makes sense that Brisbane’s most charming heritage arcade should be home to Room with Roses – venue upholding tradition, gentility and the necessity for good cups of tea. Known for its welcoming atmosphere and good service, the high tea menu has all the trimmings you’d expect from a high class establishment. Nooks and crannies for quiet conversation and bowls of blooms make this space quite simply adorable.

Words: Jessica Moses and Madeleine Hinchy.
Illustration: Harriet Morgan.

One Response to “Five of the best… High teas”
  1. Anna Martin says:

    From experience, the QVB Tea Room provides lovely food in a great atmosphere.

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