High tea fit for a queen

When it comes to high tea, Brisbane locals might not hold their pinky up when drinking a cuppa, but they do take the art of quality treats seriously. From quaint country-style tea houses to ritzy hotels or heritage venues, Brisbane is home to a fine variety of high tea settings.


Room with Roses

Built in 1886, Customs House provides an elegant backdrop for high tea on the banks of the Brisbane River. With views of the Story Bridge, take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy turkey and cranberry finger sandwiches while sipping champagne. 

In Nundah, 1930s-style teahouse Queenies serves high tea with all the pomp it deserves, complete with the best china and more than 100 types of tea.

Room With Roses
Image: Room With Roses

In the heart of the CBD on the upper balcony of the historic Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses is beloved by generations, and regulars travel a long way for the raspberry cupcakes. 

For a charming combination of country style and leafy city chic, try The Cobblestone Tea House in a quiet New Farm backstreet. Here the accent is on offering only freshly baked goodies.

Shingle Inn City Hall
Image: Shingle Inn City Hall

Housed within one of Brisbane's most recognised buildings, Shingle Inn City Hall is one of the Queensland capital's oldest and most treasured cafes. High tea was traditionally the dinner meal of service personnel at the time it originated.  As such, Shingle Inn has chosen to stay true to tradition, naming its high tea as a traditional afternoon tea. A selection of 15 loose-leaf teas and Shingle Inn’s unique coffee blend ensure there is an afternoon tea accompaniment to suit everyone’s taste.

At Hendra’s Dandelion & Driftwood, the little slices of heaven can be served with coffee (its specialty) instead of a pot of tea, and feature Paul Grainger raspberry jam and Meander Valley double cream. 


High Tea at Sofitel

When it comes to hotels, Brisbanites have a smorgasbord of venues where they can indulge their tastebuds in a right royal tradition. The elegant surrounds of Bacchus, in Rydges Hotel at South Bank, provides the perfect setting for a quintessentially English high tea experience. It features Harney and Sons fine tea and William Edwards fine china. 

At the Sofitel in the city, the innovative menu provides guests with the perfect balance of service and flavoursome cuisine. High tea is under the artful guidance of executive chef Patrice Falantin and pastry chef Didier Richeux, who have infused this timeless classic with contemporary flair. 

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Image: Stamford Plaza

At the prestigious Stamford Plaza, choose from a traditional morning tea, lobby high tea or chocolate high tea buffet. Whatever you fancy, elegance and sophistication are the hallmarks of the experience as you enjoy meticulously crafted treats, with stunning Brisbane River views a bonus. 

On the weekends you can revel in an elegant high tea experience in the ambient surrounds of Treasury Heritage Hotel. Indulge in a decadent sweet and savoury high tea selection created by Executive Chef, Steven Jones. Your afternoon high tea will be served in the sunlit surrounds of The Lab Restaurant and Bar with your choice of bottomless La Maison Du Thé French handcrafted teas.

Vintaged Bar and Grill, at the Hilton, has a mouth-watering spread of sweet and savoury morsels, including raspberry friand, fruit almond log, spanner crab and smoked-salmon salad sandwiches. Children are also catered for. 

At Motion Bar and Grill in the Marriott hotel lobby, a decadent high tea is served between 11am and 4.30pm daily. Included on weekends is a selection of Ronnefeldt loose-leaf tea served in bone china with assorted crafted biscuits and biscotti.

Greater Brisbane Region

Ormiston House

Image: Ormiston House 

Tea and Niceties, surrounded by lush Mt Tamborine rainforest, makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back to a more genteel era full of all the grace and elegance of a fine European tearoom. Pamper yourself with a version of the ultimate high tea experience where the tea and coffee top-ups never stop.

A visit to Ipswich will be rewarded at character-filled Brighton House, where high tea and Devonshire tea are served daily on the verandah and in the gardens of the beautiful historical home. These elegant affairs feature fresh white tablecloths, vintage china and loose-leaf tea poured from silver teapots, complemented by good old-fashioned friendly service.

For a unique variation, head to the southern bayside, where your morning or afternoon tea comes with grand bygone architecture, attractive gardens and spectacular ocean views. Run by Carmelite nuns, historical Ormiston House serves delicious tea/coffee and scones with jam and cream, along with a fascinating insight into the property and the area.

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