High Tea at the Hilton Hotel Adelaide

Photographer: Angie McBride
High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide
High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide

In 2015 the Hilton Adelaide spent $5 million on renovations in the Restaurant and Lounge which is now, Coal Cellar and Grill and the venue for the High Tea.

The money was well spent. The Adelaide Hilton Coal lounge has comfy chairs, lots of space and the piano player tinkling the ivories in the background. It’s a pleasant atmosphere for the new season High Tea to be held on weekends.

The High Tea was off to a great start with their absolutely gorgeous floral teacups, plates and saucers with the Maxwell and Williams, Victorian Garden, William Kilburn collection. When I got home, I madly googled where to buy them. I certainly need them in my collection!

We were welcomed to the High Tea with a glass of Serafino Sparkling Wine from McLaren Vale.

The La Maison Du The’ (Tea) is a really nice full bodied tea with many types on offer including Earl Grey, Peppermint, English Breakfast and Green Tea. I also had an Almond Milk Hot Chocolate which was nice too. You can also order Coffee.

The menu of the Hilton Adelaide High Tea was traditional with a modern take.

High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide
High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide

First up was the house made Pork sausage roll. It was flaky, buttery and melts in your mouth. The Chicken Brioche sandwich was a lovely classic dish with the additional of the sweet roll. The mini Smoked Salmon and Avocado bagel was really fresh and tasty.

All of the sweets were really fresh and made in the Hilton Adelaide kitchen. The stand out dishes for me was the Hazelnut Paris Brest. This is a French dessert made out of Choux pastry with a Praline flavoured cream. This was really delicious and moreish!

It was good to see Red Velvet cake on the menu, also. It was perfect and moist with right amount of light Chocolate. It’s a tricky cake to make, but so worth it!

My dining companion said: “it’s the best Lemon Meringue tart I’ve ever tasted!”

The only elements of the High Tea ordered off site are the macarons. They were really chewy, which is the way they should be!

The scones were fluffy and buttery with fresh cream and jam with a choice of plan and sultana.

It was a really lovely High Tea in a nice setting! Definitely worth tasting for yourself.

The Adelaide Hilton Collins Bar is next door so you can have a cocktail afterwards.

I’m still trying to find the gorgeous tea cups to buy though! I’m looking for the dark blue one if anyone knows where to find them!

Hilton Adelaide High Tea Menu:

High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide
High Tea at the Hilton Adelaide


  • House made pork sausage roll
  • Herb chicken salad brioche sandwich
  • Mini Smoked salmon and avocado bagel


  • Macaron, chocolate eclair, lemon meringue tart
  • Opera cake, Strawberry and vanilla red velvet, Hazelnut Paris Brest
  • House made plain and fruit buttermilk scones with strawberry jam and cream


  • Glass of McLaren Vale Serafino Sparkling Wine
  • Choice of La Maison Du The’ (Tea) including Earl Grey, Peppermint, English Breakfast, Green Tea
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee


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Hilton Adelaide:

233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000


Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Please advise of dietary requirements when booking.


$49 includes tea, coffee and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

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

Angie McBride

Angie got her passion for high tea, in particular scones from her Nanna. She would stay at her house regularly and they would bake scones, pasties and cakes for hours. Angie’s scones are quite popular amongst her friends. She says they need to be traditionally made though – kneading the butter and making a well for the milk! Not cream and lemonade thank you! She is a self-confessed tea snob and loves a great quality tea. She says it’s lovely, soothing and there’s nothing like a pretty tea cup.

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