High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide - supplied image
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide - supplied image

The Mayfair Hotel High Tea is classy, classic and everything a traditional high tea should be. The French 1930s Art Deco influence looks beautiful in the basement room, with its understated opulence.

The Mayfair Hotel is located on the busy strip of King William Street in the Heritage Listed Colonial Mutual Life Building in Adelaide’s CBD. The five-star boutique hotel opened its doors this year and is owned and operated by Adelaide based family company, the Adabco group.

The furniture in the Mayflower is custom built slightly lower than the normal chair for comfort and ease. So sit back, relax and enjoy what is about to come!

The tea wear is classic and simple white Wedgwood English Bone China tea cups and gorgeous gold and cream Wedgwood tea pots.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Bethany Finn, of Urban Bistro fame, Pastry head Chef Richard Kim is a genius!

High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

The Mayflower Sparkling High Tea menu changes slightly each week due to feedback from customers. You could go two weeks in a row and maybe not get the same thing, which is a nice surprise!

We were greeted with a lovely Glass of Petaluma Croser NV from the Adelaide Hills winery.

The savoury section of the Mayflower Sparkling High Tea began with a Smoked Salmon + Apple Tartlet with dill and crème fraiche. It had a nice combination with the green apple adding zing and crunch.

The Chicken curry puff was light with extremely fluffy pastry and melted in your mouth.

High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Wedgwood Tea Pot
Wedgwood Tea Pot
Wedgwood Tea Pot
Wedgwood Tea Pot
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

I can’t remember the last time I had Vol Au Vent, which had a nice 70s retro touch. The chicken one was excellent!

Roast Beef + Cucumber Roulade with horse radish was really fresh, tasty and a classic high tea inclusion.

The end of the savoury section was Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. The asparagus was crunchy and the prosciutto wasn’t too salty.

We were advised the Macarons are ordered off site. They were extremely fresh, soft and had the right amount of chew. The flavours we had were Orange Almond and Earl Grey which were really nice and zesty!

Who doesn’t love a classic Custard tart?! The Custard Tart at the Mayflower didn’t disappoint topped with fresh strawberries. The pastry was crisp and the custard was divine.

As a child, I spent hours making scones with my Nanna, so admittedly I’m very precious about the taste! I was disappointed to hear the scones were from a packet, but considering they were out of a box, they were really nice. I totally understand why they’re made that way, as a perfect scone from scratch is an extremely timely process! The cream was fresh and the raspberry jam was so tasty and full of lots of raspberries!

Chocolate dipped strawberries were a nice way to finish the Sparkling High Tea (fruit cancels out the sugar right?!).

For an additional $9, if you can fit it in, (we struggled but couldn’t resist!), the Mayfair Signature French Gateaux Trolley is worth it!!

I’d never tried the classic Austrian dish, Sachertorte, which is chocolate cake layered with apricot preserves. It was really moist and tasty.

The Lemon Curd Tart was sweet, soft and zesty!

High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide - supplied image
High Tea at the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide – supplied image
Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

The two stands outs were the Raspberry Coconut Layered Sponge with Meringue. The sponge was extremely light and fluffy. The custard was so fresh it was almost white, just delicious! The raspberry purée added a great combination of flavours.

Finally the Strawberry Cream Cake, very much like Strawberry Shortcake had a fluffy sponge with a lovely light custard, strawberries and cream. So yummy!

To finish (with a full stomach), strawberries and fresh cream with fresh blueberries mixed through.

The Tea was French brewed tea with flavours including English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green and Peppermint and was nice. My friend had a great flat white and was happy to have been offered as many as she would like, which is a great inclusion of the Mayflower Sparkling High Tea.

Overall it was a really beautiful and classic high tea. The food was lovely, the hostess, Lauren was really helpful and the room was decadent and classy. The Mayfair High Tea doesn’t disappoint!

Mayfair Hotel Mayflower Sparkling High Tea Menu

  • Smoked Salmon + Apple Tartlet with dill + crème fraiche
  • Chicken Curry Puff
  • Chicken Vol Au Vent
  • Roast Beef + Cucumber Roulade
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  • Macarons
  • Custard Tart topped with Strawberries
  • Scones with Jam and Cream
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Mayfair Hotel:

45 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000


Every Saturday and Sunday 2.00pm - 4.30pm


$39 per person, Mayfair Signature French Gateaux Trolley (optional) $9 per person

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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