Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday the 14th of May by taking your mum out for High Tea in Sydney.
High Tea for Mother’s Day is an elegant and decadent way to spoil your mum. There are so many high tea venues to choose from, so we’ve done the hard work and put together a list of our favourite venues we’ve visited.
From traditional scones and the perfect English Breakfast tea at the Langham Sydney to a gluten free high tea at the Sadana Kitchen, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The High Tea Society contributors have the difficult task of tasting a lot of high teas each year, so you could say we have a pretty good idea of where to go. We asked our Sydney contributor Melanie Pike about her best experiences.
What are your favourite high tea experiences and why?
That’s a hard question because each venue tries to offer something unique!
I’d have to say that Burnt Orange in Mosman is a great example where a well thought out menu and a wonderful outlook over bushland down to the harbour comes together for a perfect weekend treat.
Another favourite would be the high coffee (yes you read right, coffee!) at the Intercontinental Sydney to shake things up a bit if you’ve got a group that’s looking for something different. For the more traditional they still offer a delightful high tea option too.
Lastly, if you’ve got guests visiting Sydney you can’t really go past the Park Hyatt in the Rocks for the “wow” factor. Its menu and view across to the Opera House are both 5-star.
If you where to take your mum for high tea for Mother’s Day where would you go?
I’m lucky that my mum is quite adventurous and doesn’t mind breaking with tradition. I’d take her to the Food Society in Darlinghurst where their menu is original (there’s no scones… gasp!) and delicious. Even better are the vodka- and gin-based cocktails, which include different tea infusions and are matched to the food too.
Our Mother’s Day Sydney top picks:
Park Hyatt Sydney
Be immersed in the most luxurious high tea experience at the Park Hyatt. Floor to ceiling windows allow you stunning harbour views all the way across to the Sydney Opera House. The room is bathed in natural light, with plush chairs pulled up to tables set with fine bone china, champagne flutes and fresh flowers. A modern interior accompanies a very traditional afternoon tea.
Read our review of the Park Hyatt Sydney>>
The Langham Sydney
Serving ribbon sandwiches, light and fluffy scones and dainty petit fours on a three-tiered stand, the detailed assortments are a delight to the eyes as they are to nibble. Indulge in a lime crème brulèe while sipping a Dragon eyes jasmine or The Langham’s masala chai. The baby grand piano and leather armchairs will make you feel like you’re at a private club.
Read our review of The Langham Sydney>>
Primus Hotel Sydney
From entering the Art Deco atrium until taking the very last bite of your indulgent feast, you are taken on a journey of luxurious and exotic 1930s glamour at the Primus Hotel. Teas range from Moroccan Mint to an African Solstice. The selection of hedonistic cocktails isn’t modest either; A wise choice is the 1939 Absolut citron, lychee and cassis, named after the year the building was established. What is unique is the pumpkin tart, popcorn mousse and rhubarb jam that will have you scraping the bottom of the jar.
Read our review of the Primus Hotel Sydney>>
Shangri La Hotel Sydney
Celebrated pastry chef Anna Polyviou pleasantly surprises at this classic hotel. Who said éclairs are only sweet? These tiny choux éclairs are filled with a delicious chicken mix. Chai tea and apple marshmallows are also testament that this afternoon tea is one tipped on its head. A classic standout is the puff pastry that is made in house. Sweet tooths will be happy to know that it is caramelised to perfection.
Read our review of the Shangri La Hotel Sydney>>
InterContentinental Double Bay Sydney
This venue presents a stylish high tea experience with delectable housemade sweets and savouries. It’s so sophisticated that you can choose the hotel’s unique High Martini on arrival in lieu of the traditional tea, coffee or champagne.
Read our review of the InterContinental Double Bay here>>
Parliament of NSW
The last Friday of each month can be spent exploring rarely seen interiors at Parliament house with an extra special high tea. You’ll be seated in The Stranger’s Dining Room at Australia’s first and oldest Parliament, which offers unparalleled views over Sydney’s Domain.
Read our review of the Parliament of NSW>>
Sadana Kitchen Enmore
This is a high tea that will give you a totally vegan, raw, gluten free, wholefood experience. But it’s not just for those with intolerances, Sadana Kitchen’s take plays with interesting textures and flavours across the various spreads, and we were pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable the whole experience was.
Read our review of Sadana Kitchen here>>
Ladurée, Westfield Sydney
This venue welcomes a high tea on the sweeter side of life, specialising in divine macarons. These exquisite bites partnered with Marie Antoinette Tea all while surrounded by green hedging will have you feeling like French royalty.
Read our review of Laduree here>>
Regional High Teas
Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains
What better way to enjoy the panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley than with an Australian sparkling wine and precise, picture perfect finger sandwiches?
Read our review of the Hydro Majestic>>
Ravensthorpe, Albion Park, Wollongong
High tea here is nothing short of sensational, whether it is the spectacular scenery or Strawberry Champagne Cocktail (or mocktail) on arrival, you’re sure to have an incredible experience.
Read our review of Ravensthorpe>>