The phrase “high tea” is commonly taken to be an upper class tradition. Surprisingly though, its origins began in the working class and industrial areas of the UK and was named high tea, as it was taken standing up or sitting on a stool. Gradually, this afternoon meal became known as an important event on the social calendars of the upper class, before playing cards or attending the theatre. These days, high tea is an occasion enjoyed all over the world with a glass of champagne and some good company. With our own a broad variety of world-class high tea spots North and South of the River, these are our Top 5 picks for a memorable high tea in Perth:
C Restaurant – 44 St Georges Tce, Perth, Open 12pm-11pm Monday to Sunday
Western Australia’s only revolving venue, C Restaurant is perched atop the 33rd floor of St. Martins Tower on St Georges Terrace, where you can find their special take on high tea. Serving high tea 7 days a week from midday, C Restaurant tailor your experience to suit your individual needs, taking any dietary requests in advance. Ranging between $44-69 per person, there’s the option for an afternoon of bottomless, all-you-can-drink sparkling chardonnay to get your evening going. With petit fours, freshly baked scones and sandwiches to fill the table, C restaurant is the perfect venue to experience this age-old tradition whilst enjoying the best views of the city.
Peninsula Tea Gardens – 2A Johnson Rd Maylands, Serving High Tea all day 7 days a week, Open 8am – 5pm
For a high tea in the breeze, surrounded by Eucalypt trees and the view of the Swan River, Peninsula Tea Gardens is the perfect Swan Valley stop off for afternoon tea. With BYO and complementary corkage, you can enjoy cakes, sweet and savoury scones with your favourite bottle of bubbles. For those who aren’t partial to a glass of sparkling in the morning, there’s a long list of loose-leaf teas to work through, including Wuyi, Buddhas Tears, Serendip Chai and Lovers Leap.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Ridges – Marine Terrace Fremantle, 3pm Sundays
Located at the relaxed Fremantle restaurant, The Harbour Master serves high tea from 3pm on Sundays. Enjoy tiers of sweet and savoury delights, including ribbon sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and double cream and a selection of cakes or tarts to accompany your selection of teas from local favourite tea suppliers T2. At $35 a head for a classic high tea and $41 for high tea with sparkling, this is one of the most affordable spots for high tea in Perth, without compromising on venue and quality – an easy choice for your Sunday arvo.
Rochelle Adonis – 2 St Albans Avenue, Highgate, Open Tues-Sunday 10am-5pm
A Highgate haunt for the most enthusiastic of high tea goers, Rochelle Adonis is a luxurious way to spend an afternoon, among beautiful table settings of finely decorated floral porcelain, delicate flutes of champagne and only the best silverware. An intimate and elegant setting, serving a savoury and sweet course prepared by their chefs, including the classic favourite, cucumber sandwiches. With single origin French press coffee on tap and loose-leaf tea courtesy of Love Tea, this Rochelle Adonis is a decadent way to treat yourself to the finer things.
Bistro Guillaume – Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, Serving Saturday 2-4pm and Sunday 3-5pm
Set in the luxurious surroundings of the Crown Perth, Bistro Guillaume is the place for a special occasion or simply to indulge in the best that high tea has to offer. You can enjoy a glass of Perrier Jouet by the poolside, or sample from the extensive tea range including Soursop Green, Dragon Pearls or Moroccan Mint and Bergamot. With an equally exotic menu of canapés such as the Spanner Crab Sandwich and Vanilla Crème Mille, your education in high tea begins here. Serving 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday at just $65 per person, spots fill up quick – so you’ll need to book in advance.