Sydney’s Best … High Tea

High tea is the perfect way to indulge with family or friends. These venues are usually well suited for accommodating groups for special occasions, such as a birthday, engagement celebration, hens’ party or baby shower. Here we’ve gathered some of the Inner West Mums’ favourite high tea settings around Sydney.
Burnt Orange
While away the afternoon on the verandah of Burnt Orange, featuring sparkling harbour views. Finger sandwiches, savoury tarts, scones and sweet treats are served with your tea or coffee (or a glass of Veuve champagne if you choose). Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Afterwards, stroll through the adjoining shop which has a vast array of clothing, books, jewellery, toys and homewares. Open daily.
1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman
Boronia House Mosman
Indulge in high tea at Boronia House, an 1885 mansion set in the beautiful surrounds of Reservoir Park, Mosman. A selection of sweet and savoury items are served, accompanied by T2 teas. Sparkling wine, French champagne and cocktails are available. There is also a Little Ladies High Tea menu catering to children 3–12 years. Be sure to take in the stunning views from the mansion’s extensive balconies and explore the manicured gardens. Open seven days.
624 Military Road, Mosman
The Cortile, InterContinental Sydney
Enjoy the stunning historic architecture as you indulge in high tea – or indeed high coffee – at InterContinental Sydney’s The Cortile. A selection of refined savoury and sweet treats is paired with Ronnefeldt teas. Open daily.
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney
The Cove Dining Co
Set in a heritage-listed building with idyllic garden views, The Cove Dining Co provides one of the Inner West’s favourite high teas. With a concept of ‘high tea with a modern twist’, various contemporary savoury and sweet treats are served. Families are welcomed, and the gardens are perfect for the kids to roam. Open daily.
378 Great North Road, Abbotsford
Dunbar House
Located on the stunning shores of Watsons Bay, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the recently refurbished chic venue Dunbar House’s high tea includes finger sandwiches, scones and house-made petit fours, with tea or coffee, and the option to add Australian sparkling wine or French champagne.
9 Marine Parade, Watson’s Bay
Fairy and the Frog Creperie
A family-run business, owners Catherine and Guillaume have created an enchanting venue in the Inner West suburb of Concord to delight children and adults alike. Fairy and the Frog is known for its delectable crepes but also offers an exquisite high tea, with an array of savoury and sweet goodies and of course fine teas. Open Tuesday–Sunday.
52 Mortlake Street, Concord
Gunners Barracks
Another popular choice for high tea is Gunners Barracks, a distinctive heritage location with superb harbour views. A traditional afternoon tea, featuring sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones, is offered, with a gluten-free option if required. For those who are interested, Australian sparkling wine, French champagne or a cocktail can be added. Gunners Barracks also serves a children’s afternoon tea. Open seven days.
End of Suakin Drive, Mosman
Palm Court, The Langham Sydney
A favourite among the Inner West Mums, Palm Court offers an exclusive high tea experience within the elegant Langham Hotel. Treat yourself to a wide selection of savoury and sweet items, including sandwiches, tartlets, sliders, pastries, tea cake and scones, while taking in the Western Harbour Views. You may choose to enhance the indulgent experience with Laurent-Perrier champagne. Open seven days.
89–113 Kent Street, Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney
Afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt Sydney’s Living Room is a truly memorable and decadent experience, with one of the finest views of Sydney Harbour and a menu to match. Nibble on delicate pastries, finger sandwiches, scones, tartlets and more. There is an optional champagne afternoon tea. Open daily.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney
Stillery, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Treat yourself to a stylish high tea experience in the luxurious setting of the InterContinental Sydney, Double Bay’s Stillery. House-made savoury and sweet items are beautifully presented, with the options of a traditional high tea, served with tea or coffee, French champagne, or – for something a little different – High Martini, which includes a series of martinis. Open seven days.
33 Cross St, Double Bay
The Tea Room QVB
One of Sydney’s best known high teas, The Tea Room, set in the elegant former ballroom of the historic Queen Victoria Building, offers a traditional afternoon tea with sweet and savoury options, presented on classic Royal Albert china. You can add Australian sparkling wine, French champagne or a cocktail. A gluten-free afternoon tea is available. Served daily.
Level 3, Queen Victoria Building North End, 455 George St, Sydney
The Tea Salon, Westfield Sydney
A visit to The Tea Salon, located within Westfield Sydney, is the perfect way to complete a shopping experience. The Tea Salon has crafted a decadent experience with exquisite décor and a mouth-watering selection of savoury and sweet items. Champagne may be added to your afternoon tea. A children’s high tea is also offered. Open seven days.
Level 4, Westfield Sydney, Corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney
Vaucluse House Tearooms
In the historic Vaucluse House estate, the Tearooms provide a more relaxed, yet suitably refined setting for high tea. Housed in a beautiful art deco building, the Tearooms overlook the serene grounds of the historic Vaucluse House estate. A traditional high tea of finger sandwiches, scones and cake, accompanied by tea or sparkling wine, is served. Open Wednesday–Sunday.
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
To enter the IWMs competition please tag three friends, on the FB page, that you would take with you to this amazing High Tea at The Cove and tell us which is your favorite blend of tea.

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  • Irene Butler
    26/07/2016 at 10:39 pm

    As an original ” old” IWM, I would love to take my 2 beautiful daughters for a herbal High Tea.

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