High Tea at the Marriott Brisbane

High Tea at the Marriott Brisbane
High Tea at the Marriott Brisbane

The High Tea Society recently had afternoon tea at the Marriott Brisbane who boasts a menu the tooth fairy would scold you for.

An afternoon of casual self-indulgence at the Marriott Brisbane.

While the atmosphere is nothing grand, served in the Motion Bar & Grill, with flat screen TVs playing daytime television and other diners enjoying large seafood lunches close by, the friendly and attentive staff will make you feel like you’re the only people in the room.

We were served our high tea with a glass of sparkling wine, a great way to cool off on what was an extremely warm and humid day in Brisbane. The high tea began with classic sandwiches of egg and lettuce, smoked salmon, cucumber and caper mayonnaise, shaved ham, vintage cheddar and English mustard and smoked turkey, vine ripened tomato and Hill Farm relish. While delicious, the presentation was a little wanting and not what you would expect for a high tea, with portion sizes much larger than your usual finger sandwich. None the less they were extremely enjoyable – I just wish I hadn’t eaten them all so I could have saved more room for the top tier of perfectly presented sweets.

The earl grey tea was served in Ronnefeldt china, which went down a treat with our freshly baked scones with jam and cream. The Marriot Brisbane offer of both plain and raison scones with your choice of cherry and raspberry jam that were delightfully served in individual miniature jars. The scones were just how they ought to be – perfectly fluffy, moist and leaving you wanting more.

The highlight of this high tea was the top-tier with their finger-licking and adorably presented desserts. I now firmly believe everyone needs a choux pastry swan filled with cream patisserie in their lives. This swan shaped drop of heaven was as delicious as it was cute. I almost felt bad devouring its elegant pastry head.

My second favourite item on the menu was the strawberry fruit tart, which was a perfect balance of sweetness and fruit. We finished the high tea with a chocolate brownie with a coffee twist that was topped with a macaron.

With a wide selection of teas, coffee and orange juice for your choosing, this high tea was a great way to spend an afternoon escaping Brisbane’s sweltering humidity.

At $49 per person with a glass of Australian sparkling wine or $59 per person with a glass of French champagne, this high tea is not only delicious but value for money – you certainly won’t be leaving hungry.

Marriott Brisbane Afternoon Tea Menu:

  • Freshly baked scones with cream and preserves
  • Strawberry fruit tart
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Choux pastry swan with cream patisserie
  • Classic sandwiches
  • Freshly brewed tea and coffee
  • Orange juice
  • Gluten free and dietary requirements available

Marriott Hotel Brisbane, Motion Bar & Grill:

515 Queen St, Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland 4000


High tea is served from 11am to 4.30pm daily.


$49 per person with a glass of Australian sparkling wine or $59 per person with a glass of French champagne.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Vanessa Chircop

Vanessa Chircop is a communications and media professional living in Brisbane. Hailing from Melbourne, the former journalist moved to sunny Queensland via a two year stint in Mackay. Between soaking up Brisbane's sunshine, reading a good book and doting on her Chocolate Labrador, Vanessa enjoys discovering new cafes, restaurants - and of course high tea venues Brisbane has to offer. Often overlooked as a foodie destination, Vanessa believes Brisbane has come a long way from its country town reputation and offers visitors and residents a plethora of dining choices with amazing weather to boot.

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