Stamford Plaza provides a top-notch classical hotel high tea experience with standout scones and great service.
It’s late afternoon and I make my way through Brisbane’s centre to the city’s latest high tea venue. The Stamford Plaza has only been reopened for a few months following severe damage in the Queensland floods but you wouldn’t notice. After a $20 million renovation, business is taking place as usual and everything seems as elegant and perfectly poised as it has been for years.
Upon entering the marbled-clad Lobby, I’m greeted with stunning floral bouquets and drifty sounds from a strings-wielding musical ensemble. Inspired by the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, the Stamford takes cue from a colonial past and offers a high tea service fit even for the Queen. Yes, I’m not pulling out the standard idioms – the Stamford actually served high tea to Her Highness during the royal visit to Australia last year.
I meet my friend who’s a fellow writer and now author, and we select the mid-range high tea complete with a glass of sparkling. At $45 a head, we enjoy delicate salmon blinis and non-greasy chicken curry puffs to start. We then enjoy the obligatory double serving of scones, but this time not-too overwhelming, as they are petite in size and varied. I spoil myself with the Valrhona white chocolate variety topped with copious amounts of fresh, homemade preserves.
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic host Leah offers suggestions on which of the Dilmah loose-leaf teas should accompany each bite. We enjoy Green Tea and Jasmine as well as a personal favourite, Rose with French vanilla. A bespoke selection of cakes and pastries leaves us well and truly full. The Essence of Queensland is a Stamford signature and should be sampled by all visitors. I devoured the carrot cake and will be going back for more of the butterscotch mousse.
Stamford Plaza BrisbaneAfternoonTea Menu
- Honey roasted leg ham, seeded Dijon mustard sandwich
- Poached chicken and roquette on wholemeal loaf sandwich
- Cream cheese and cucumber with a hint of lime sandwich
- Smoked Salmon and potato blini, caviar and crème fraiche
- Handmade Stamford curry puff
- Freshly Baked Scones: Buttermilk, Stanthorpe apple, date and nutmeg and Old fashioned treacle and valrhona white chocolate
- Boutique preserves and Meander Valley double cream
- Sweet treats: A bespoke selection of delicate cakes and pastries, including Stamford Plaza’s Signature Essence of Queensland
Overall, the Stamford Plaza provides a top-notch classical hotel high tea experience with standout scones and great service.
The Stamford also offers a Morning Tea served with a view of the Brisbane River, please check the website for more information. Groups of up to 30 people can be catered for in the Lobby.