The Best Spots to High Tea Like a Queen This Long Weekend
With so few long weekends in a year (surely it should be a mandatory monthly offering?), it's important to make the best of the bonus day. You could try a micro makeover or simply head out of town but if you're looking for something a little more indulgent, we've gathered the finest spots to high tea at this long weekend courtesy of OpenTable—take a friend, sip some bubbly and forget the fact that Tuesday is a looming reality.
When you high tea at Wintergarden, there'll be a (welcome) third wheel on your outing: the view out across the stunning Megalong Valley. The other drawcard of high tea here is the menu options: there's a gluten-free offering, along with a traditional and 'eastern' menu (which boasts tasty savoury alternatives like coconut chicken sugar cane skewers). Whichever menu you choose, there's one thing you have to go firm on: booking a table by the window.
There's a distinctly French fancy to the high tea menu at 111 Spring Street: from the delicate French pastries to the French bubbles you'll be served, you'll feel as though you're dining in the European country itself. If you book a spot on a weekend, a chocolate fountain and an extensive dessert buffet will also be part of the high tea experience. Our tip? Wear something floaty and forgiving around the middle.
You'll barely be able to prise your eyes away from the modern heritage interiors but when you do, you'll be greeted by some truly decadent desserts at Hotel Centennial's high tea. Salted caramel fudge? Check. Chocolate caramel tart? Don't mind if we do. Come for the food, stay for the very Instagram-able interiors.
The Tea Salon, Sydney
The decor of The Tea Salon isn't the only thing that has a whimsical twist: traditional high tea treats like scones have a flavour upgrade in options like the lavender, white chocolate and cranberry as well as rose. And if you're thinking of branching out with your beverages, consider an iced tea: the Wild Russian Berry will transport you to another place.
Riverside Restaurant, Intercontinental, Adelaide
The high tea offering at Adelaide's Riverside Restaurant are traditional and timeless. There's the classic selection of loose leaf tea, along with pastries like lemon meringue tart and hazelnut profiteroles, all topped off perfectly with Bollinger rosé. There's a twist on the original however for anyone who's opted out of high tea for the fact it centres on, well, tea, there's the option of 'high coffee' instead, which comes with a coffee-tinged menu.
If you want to recreate the high tea experience at home, why not splurge on a perfectly ladylike teacup, like this floral piece from T2.
Where's your favourite spot to have high tea? Tell us in the comments below!