A bit of history...High tea began in Britain in the 1700’s when working-class gents would take a break between 3 and 4 pm to have a cuppa and scones. The snack was eaten at a bar while sitting on a stool. Thus, the term ‘high’ tea was coined. Soon the 'leisure classes' adopted a high tea version of their own, even inventing the sandwich at that time. All to enable them to eat something substantial before going to the theatre so they could make it through to supper.
Nowadays we enjoy high tea as an indulgent treat to be shared with friends. At Kez’s we love a little indulgence, so we have put together a list of excellent high tea locations for you to enjoy this autumn.
In Melbourne head to the famous Hopetoun tea rooms for a traditional spread or The Waiting Room in the foyer of Crown Towers for a delightful high tea which caters for everyone, including a full selection of gluten-free goodies.
Perth’s famous pastry Chef Rochelle Adonis is putting together gorgeous High Tea experiences at her restaurant. The French-Canadian chef delights customers with a traditional high tea complete with delicious cucumber sandwiches. Book early for special occasions at the Rochelle Adonis High Tea.
Get the real high tea tradition happening at Vaucluse House tea rooms in Sydney. Set in a mansion surrounded by magnificent gardens. The best seasonal produce sourced and grown locally with some even coming from the mansion gardens!
In Adelaide book your indulgent high tea experience at the Mayfair Hotel. Complete with Wedgewood china and a glass of bubbles you just can’t go wrong. Upgrade to the ‘French Gateaux Trolley’ and select from a range of French delights including pastries, slices and gateaux.
Brisbane ladies and gents head to the iconic Customs House for stunning views and a scrumptious selection of ribbon sandwiches, cakes and petit fours.
If you enjoy baking and entertaining, you can create your own high tea experience at home. Get inspired by Kez’s Kitchen’s new Melting Moment Layer Cake recipe, pull out Grandma’s good china and do it yourself. Don’t forget the bottle of bubbles and a selection of beautiful teas!
Enjoy your high tea indulgence!
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