9 May 2018
Although Sydney has gained quite a reputation for its coffee, there’s nothing like a high tea to celebrate those extra special occasions, like Mother’s Day. From traditional tiered displays to modern, cocktail-infused affairs, here are some perfect places to enjoy a high tea in Sydney this Mother’s Day.
From 2pm to 4pm this Mother’s Day, treat mum to high tea in an exclusive garden terrace on the fifth floor of the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel. Start with savouries such as pulled pork sliders and caramelized onion and goat cheese quiche, before sampling a range of sweet treats including chocolate and pistachio tea éclairs, orange crème brûlées, crepes, and matcha Opera squares. Enjoy a glass of French sparkling wine along with the spread, all while surrounded by the heritage and history of Sydney’s first 5-star hotel.
Wentworth Afternoon Tea $69pp (includes a glass of champagne), $35 per child under 13.
For high tea with a contemporary twist, head to the prestigious Primus Hotel Sydney. Housed in a restored Art Deco building in the CBD, Primus Hotel will serve a decadent Mother’s Day high tea featuring moreish treats such as pork and fennel sausage rolls, crab and corn beignets, and lemon and white chocolate scones served with rhubarb, strawberry and gin jam, and chantilly cream to boot. Ramp up the decadence with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, and leave with a sweet gift to take home, compliments of the chef.
High Tea $89pp (includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne).
From military barracks to tea rooms, the Gunners Barracks is one of Sydney’s most enviable high tea destinations. With panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, this venue is sure to impress guests from all over. The extensive tea menu caters to both traditional and modern tastes, with six different settings to choose from. Gunners Barracks even offers a gluten-free afternoon tea option, which creates a delectable high tea experience while using ingredients such as buckwheat, quinoa, chickpea and almond meal flours.
Morning Tea $35pp, Traditional Afternoon Tea $50pp, Sparkling Afternoon Tea $55pp, Cocktail Afternoon Tea $65pp.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Mother’s Day with an all-pink dessert platter at The Langham. Sprawling across Kent Street, this luxury hotel is set to offer one of Sydney’s most indulgent high tea menus. The day’s savoury treats will include mushroom and goats cheese vol-au-vents, lamb and rosemary pies, and chicken liver parfait accompanied by brioche. Meanwhile, the pretty-in-pink dessert selections will include rosewater lamingtons, white chocolate and rosella bonbons, and wild strawberry and vanilla crème cones. With a special Mother’s Day gift to take home, high tea at The Langham is sure to leave mum tickled pink!
High Tea $80pp, $95 with a glass of rosé, $100 with a glass of premium sparkling wine, $45 per child under 13.
Take a journey around the world this Mother’s Day with a unique high tea at Sir Stamford. Known for their impressive range of high teas, Sir Stamford will offer a special high tea featuring some of their most popular menu items. Taste Sir Stamford’s signature curry puff, indulge with a crab meat and avocado tart, or tantalise your taste buds with prosciutto & Persian feta on a fresh baguette. With assorted macarons, coconut panna cotta and more sweet treats to finish, this high tea is sure to have something for every mum.
High Tea $89pp (includes a glass of sparkling wine), $42 per child under 13.
Swissôtel offers one of Sydney’s most popular high tea experiences, serving everything from beef wellingtons to smoked salmon and cream cheese crepes. This Mother’s Day weekend, the Crossroads Bar will host a special afternoon tea for just $43 per person, featuring a number of petite pastries, sandwiches and sweets. Combine these with an extensive selection of loose leaf teas, as well as a premium chocolate fondue, and this high tea is sure to put you in mum’s good books!
Saturday and Sunday High Tea $43pp.
Escape the city’s hustle and bustle and head to the leafy eastern suburb of Vaucluse. Set on 10 hectares of picturesque gardens stretching down to Sydney Harbour, this 1930s art-deco-style café will offer a contemporary high tea menu, as well as a high tea breakfast menu, this Mother’s Day. Savour the truffled asparagus tart with parmesan and pancetta, crack into an earl grey crème brulee with orange and almond biscuit, and round out your visit with a stroll through the beautiful grounds of Vaucluse House.
Breakfast or Regular High Tea $70pp (includes a glass of sparkling wine).
High tea doesn’t have to mean striving for abnormal levels of refinement and restraint. This Mother’s Day, you can enjoy the elegance of a high tea with the freedom of buffet-style dining at The Cortile. Treat your special lady to a buffet of finger sandwiches, arancini, miniature pastries, and delectable sweets from InterContinental Sydney’s Head of Pastry, Simon Veauvy. Better yet, guests will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, as well as a special boxed gift from the InterContinental’s pastry team to take home.
High Tea Buffet $99pp (includes a glass of sparkling wine), $59 per child under 13.
Take a seat in the heritage-listed Boronia Tea Room and be charmed by its Victorian architecture dating back to 1885. Tea, and the meticulous ritual around creating the perfect brew, is top of the agenda here. With no less than 38 exotic teas to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. The gorgeous geisha is a treat if you love your green varieties, while the rose herbal infusion is a good cake-nibbling accompaniment. Boronia Tea Room will serve their Mother’s Day menu on both Saturday and Sunday (bookings and prepayment required), with all adult guests receiving a special gift bag to take home.
High Tea $80pp (includes a glass of sparkling wine), $40 per child under 13.
It would be easy for those offering afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt, with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House, to rest on the glass and steel laurels of their location. Thankfully, they’ve instead chosen to offer a traditional high tea which lives up to its surroundings. Soak up one of Sydney’s best views along with delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones with jam and cream, a platter of miniature cakes, macarons and tartlets, and of course, a perfectly brewed cup of tea or coffee.
Afternoon Tea $55pp, or $70pp with a glass of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé.