There's nothing in the world that's classier than a good, old-fashioned High Tea.
This has been a popular activity since the mid-nineteenth century, and can be found in sophisticated eateries all over the world.
Queensland has it's fair share of locations that host a magnificent High Tea. So, rent a car in Brisbane and enjoy some of the following!
The Queensland Parliament hosts High Tea in its Strangers' Dining Room each and every month. These are usually attached to special occasions, such as Queen's Birthday or Christmas, and provide the discerning tea-drinker with an opportunity to celebrate in style.
From 10.30am until 12.00pm, you will enjoy a variety of finger-foods and, of course, tea (or coffee). There are two High Tea menus to choose from: the 'Traditional High Tea' and the 'Special High Tea'.
Some of the delicacies you will be greeted with as you walk into the beautiful, historic building are fruit scones, strawberries dipped in chocolate, smoked salmon, and a variety of small quiches, pastries and sandwiches.
For just $40 per person, you will get the chance to eat and drink all of these items, which are prepared by Parliament House's resident chefs, according to the Queensland Parliament's official website.
The next High Tea is being held at Parliament House on October 4, so organise a rental car at the Brisbane airport and make a reservation.
It is located right in the centre of town, so it should be easy to find.
Cobble Stone Tea House
The Cobble Stone Tea House has three different High Tea menus on offer. The first is an 'Indulgent High Tea,' which will set you back $39 per person.
This provides you with canapes, scones (with jam and cream – a staple of the classic High Tea), sandwiches and as much tea as you can drink.
According to the Cobble Stone Tea House website, they can make up to 30 different types of tea!
The second option is a 'Luxurious High Tea,' which will cost you $49 per person. If you choose this menu, you will receive more food – such as a "chocolate and caramel pot with biscotti," as well as tea or coffee, depending on your preference.
There is also a 'Kid's High Tea,' for $18 per person – so, feel free to bring your children along! The Cobble Stone Tea House serves High Tea from 11.00am until 2.00pm on Thursday and Friday, and offers 'sittings' on the weekend.
It's important to make a booking at least 24 hours in advance, so you won't miss out.
Queenie's Tea House
According to Queenie's Tea House's website, High Tea was originally taken in the evening. However, it is now commonly served in the morning. Here, you can enjoy it "any time of the day".
At Queenie's Tea House, you will receive your own three-tiered stand, covered with scones, cupcakes, tarts and savouries. There are four different options to choose from: the 'Classic High Tea,' the 'Majestic High Tea,' the 'Regal High Tea' and the 'Littlie's High Tea'.
We recommend treating yourself and opting for the 'Regal High Tea'. It costs $45 per person, and you get an absolute ton of beautifully crafted food. In addition to the usual (and delicious) finger foods, you will receive some delicacies that are unique to Queenie's Tea House.
These include a gorgeous cupcake and mini baked cheesecake. There is also a gluten-free option, if you need it.
It is located in Nundah Village, which is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of Brisbane.