Top Places for High Tea this Mother’s Day. Tea, pretty cakes, and finger food… who doesn’t love an excuse for a high tea celebration? Here are some of our favourite spots to high tea with mum this Mother’s Day.
Originating around the early 1800s, high tea was traditionally enjoyed by the British upper and middle classes in the afternoon. Ironically, “high tea” referred to the high (dining room) table at which a meal of meats, breads, and cheese would be served, whereas “low tea” was the more refined version, served to the upper classes in their drawing rooms.
Nowadays, the term is synonymous with patty cakes, ribbon sandwiches, and scones, served on embellished pindles at times of celebration among women, such as Mother’s Day, birthdays, or bridal showers. Below are our top picks for celebrating High Tea with mum this Mother’s Day.
The Langham The Langham: 83 Symonds Street
This Mother’s Day, The Langham and MiNDFOOD will host a grand afternoon tea in The Langham’s exquisite ballroom, The Great Room. Bring your mum, friends, and family for an afternoon of indulgence, including hair and beauty makeovers and take away a luxury gift bag. $10 from every ticket will be donated to The Hearing House, a charity that helps deaf children listen and speak.
To book: Telephone 09 300 2924 or
email: [email protected]
The Victoria Room: Level 1, 235 Victoria Street Darlinghurst NSW
Enjoy the opulent surrounds of The Victoria Room while the Urban Jazz Trio play all your vintage favourites, and you sip bubbles and feast on delicious morsels from their delicious Mother’s Day High Tea. They’re also offering a Diamond Jubilee High Tea on June 3rd to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. Tiaras are most welcome.
Bookings: 02 9357 4488
Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2-8 Maginnity Street Wellington
Afternoon tea at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel is served on English china and polished silver, and includes a selection of fine leaf tea, sweet delights, savoury treats and scones with cream and preserves. Choose from the Cream or Classic Afternoon Tea.
Bookings: 04 474 1308, or e-mail [email protected]
Melba Restaurant at the The Langham, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank Victoria
The very popular signature Langham Tiffin afternoon tea and chocolate indulgence offers a range of aromatic teas, designer coffees, and wickedly indulgent desserts.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset
Iced Bakewell Tarts, Chantilly Filled Profiterole, and Dundee Cake are among the menu features at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel’s High Tea. Relax with the family on the terrace or in the lounge, looking over the harbor, while you enjoy a traditional British high tea, including scones with local Dorset clotted cream.
Stamford Plaza: Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets, Brisbane
The Stamford’s beautifully adorned High Tea lounge offers a very pink and flowery setting to high tea with Mum. Enjoy the lobby strings, pink treats and beautiful tea selections.
Bookings: 07 3100 5749 (business hours)
The Brasserie, Hilton: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Served in The Lobby Lounge every Saturday and Sunday, you can indulge in sweet delights like Baby Doll cupcakes, with friends while enjoying live entertainment. Sip on bubbles or compliment your high tea with a cocktail.
Peninsula Tea Gardens – Tranby (Peninsula Farm), Johnson Road, Maylands
Adjacent to the ‘Historic Tranby’ (Peninsula Farm), overlooking the river, the furnished tea gardens offer a great setting to celebrate a special occasion. Choose from Petit Fours, freshly baked scones, or other traditional High Tea fare.