Where can you find Brisbane’s best High Tea? I put my taste buds to the test for this lineup of high tea options, but don’t worry, it was no hardship!

Give me scones and jam and a good cuppa and I’m happy but put a high tea in front of me and I’m transported to heaven.  This is one of my favourite ways to dine out, as it turns something simple into a real event. Whether it’s a birthday treat, a mother-daughter bonding session or a luscious gals celebration, high tea always seems to be a fun frolic.

High teas and afternoon teas come in many different forms, so I’m sharing the best ones that I have found in Brisbane.  All personally taste-tested with my tips on why they are a cut above the rest.

Kerry Heaney and Lee Mylne get ready to High Tea at Motion Dining, Marriott Brisbane

Kerry Heaney and Lee Mylne Marriott Brisbane High Tea
Marriott Brisbane High Tea table

Brisbane High Tea at Motion Dining, Marriott Brisbane

Motion Dining

Delight in a quintessential high tea in the light-filled room at Motion Dining in Marriot Brisbane. High tea is served with an assortment of petit fours, mini eclairs, handmade macaroons, freshly baked scones and an array of scrumptious sandwiches complemented with a glass of sparkling wine. There’s freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas available. Amp up your experience with a glass of French champagne.

When: Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm

Cost: $69 per person, including Sparkling Wine, $79 per person, including Champagne

Why eat here?  Chef Peter Ivanczyk has spent 20 years honing his skills at Marriott Brisbane and has forged strong links with local suppliers.  You’ll love the Dello Mano brownie he includes with his perfect macarons.

Brisbane High Tea at Motion Dining, Marriott Brisbane

Marriott Brisbane High Tea selection
High Tea Lennons Brisbane

High Tea Lennons Brisbane

Lennons Restaurant and Bar, Hyatt Regency

It’s Afternoon Tea at Lennons Restaurant in Brisbane, which reflects the broader appeal of their menu. The food is a little more substantial, and there’s enough to suit a hungry man!  The sweets include the most delectable pastries and top buttermilk scones with a cake trolly as the finishing touch. Chef Regi Rabanal delights in using local produce at Lennons.

Cost: $55 per person, including coffee, tea and a glass of prosecco on arrival. Gluten-free available.

Why eat here?  Sometimes it needs to be a little different, and this afternoon tea with filling food might be just what you are looking for.

High Tea Lennons Brisbane

High Tea Lennons Brisbane
Belle Epoque High Tea tower

Belle Epoque

Add a French twist to your high tea with the innovative menu at Belle Epoque.  There is nothing understated about this café.  It’s all gilt mirrors and sparkling chandeliers, with a high tea to match.

What makes this high tea rate high, in my opinion, is the innovative offerings created by internationally-renowned Pastry Chef Charith Arachchige. There are flavours here that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane. With a Truffle Chicken Finger Sandwich, Reuben Brioche with Sauerkraut and Mustard and a Sheppard’s Vol au Vent to start, work your way up to the top of the tower where you’ll find deliciously sweet delicacies that Chef Arachchige is known for including an Orange, Coffee & Hazelnut Cake, a Cocoa Crunchy with Cocoa Sable & Milk Chocolate Cremeux and a Coconut Cheesecake at Belle Epoque.

Cost:  There are multiple options, starting at $70 per person with tea and coffee and up to $120 per person for two hours of bottomless champagne. It’s available daily after 11.30 am.

Why eat here?  This high tea stands out for its excellent food and creative pairings.  The atmosphere is delightful, and the service is top-notch.  Parking is available at South Bank.

Bonus: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free high tea options are available, plus one for the kids to enjoy.

High Tea W Brisbane

W Brisbane

W Brisbane’s Eat Your Art Out High Tea will bring out your creative side as you are inspired to play with your food with no one smacking your hands!  It’s all about painting a panna cotta and sipping on a paired cocktail which you indulge in their locally sourced menu. The high tea is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.  I’ve got more about the W Brisbane experience.

Cost: $65 per person

Why eat here?  It’s a lot of fun. You are seated in the lounge area with the bar in the background so it’s all quite modern and friendly. Parking costs in the city are reasonable on weekends.  Try King George Square.

Room with Roses

It doesn’t get more old-school Brisbane than high tea at Room with Roses.  Located on the Balcony Level of Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses really lives up to its name with roses on every table.  Everything here is made to a recipe and it’s not just any recipe either.  They have been handed down over generations.  It’s a gentile dining experience with everything done deliciously right at Room with Roses.

Cost: High tea starts at $46 a person and goes up to $55 for the Chocolate Fondue High Tea.  You can add a glass of champagne for $9.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available with 24 hours’ notice.

Why eat here? This is a traditional side of Brisbane that’s hard to find. They have been doing high teas here for a long time and they know just how to get it right. Parking in the city during the week is ridiculously expensive. Catch a bus or take the train.

The Incholm

Any Sunday from noon you’ll find high tea being served in the dining room at The Inchcolm on Wickham Terrace.  This boutique hotel used to be full of doctor’s rooms and has a long Brisbane history of glamourous entertaining as well.  The dining room does not disappoint, and you’ll never be stuck for conversation here.  There are quirky objects and art everywhere.

The high tea stand comes filled with delicious bite-sized treats including caviar crumpets, egg and cress sandwiches, Fraser Isle crab brioches, madeleines, lemonade scones, macarons and more.  You will not go home hungry, and The Inchcolm’s high tea makes a great lunch substitute.

Cost: $69 per person with a champagne upgrade available for $99 per person. 

Why eat here?  I loved this high tea with its attentive service and secluded atmosphere.  Located in an old-world building on the edge of the CBD, dining here feels like a special occasion. Parking is available for a cheap Sunday rate under the Novotel next door, or you can probably snag a street park.

Keri Craig High Tea

Keri Craig Emporium

You need to be in the know to discover this high tea at Keri Craig Emporium on the Basement Level of Brisbane Arcade.  There are two sets of stairs in the middle of the arcade, and they lead down to the wonderland of this spacious area filled with homewares, fashion and a delightful café. The high tea is a generous serving with scones, sandwiches, petit fours and a savoury tart. All are served with tea or coffee at Keri Craig Emporium.

Cost: High tea starts at $49.50, and you can upgrade with a glass of Moet Chandon for $15.

Why eat here? I love the quiet, refined atmosphere here.  The tables are set far enough apart, so you don’t have to listen to your neighbour’s conversation.  They often have Frank Sinatra singing in the background, and there’s a continuous loop of Keri Craig and Jackie MacDonald discussing fashion on the television.  If you don’t know who these people are, you haven’t been in Brisbane long enough.

Crema and Cream, Nundah

High tea with an Italian touch or traditional English is what you’ll find at Crema and Cream.  Known for its delicious Italian pastries, Cream and Cream presents its high teas on a tiered platter filled with sweet and savoury treats. Expect tiramisu, cannoli, biscotti, frittata and arancini. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy-free diets can all be accommodated at Crema and Cream.

Price: $36 including tea or coffee.

Why eat here? Easy street parking makes this a very accessible venue and Italian pastries add a touch of difference.  It’s great that you can bring your own champagne.