Tiny little bites to eat are everyone’s favourite thing, and we believe it is because you can eat extra and not feel guilty. Well, that’s the reason for us anyway!
This is why High Tea is a good time. Plus, there’s often sparkling wine and bottomless tea and or coffee involved. What more could you want?
Here’s a list of the best spots for High Tea, High Cheese, High Coffee (and frankly any sort of High feast) on the Gold Coast next time you want to eat lots of tiny little things and also feel a bit fancy at the same time.
Less High Tea and more High Cheese is what’s up at Pearls Bar located inside Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort. Ignite your senses with a delicate selection of sweet and savoury treats. Indulge in the likes of Manchego with Turkish fig, Prawn Cocktail with spiced Marie Rose sauce, and a Strawberry and Rose Trifle to finish. Including a cup of tea or coffee, this exemplary summer High Tea is available from 12pm – 4pm daily and is $47.50 per head.
Where: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
It’s a Couture High Tea at Le Jardin in the exquisite Palazzo Versace, bringing a fashionable culinary experience to High Tea. Featuring bright colours, bold textures and distinct out-of-the-ordinary flavour combinations, including dishes like Smoked Chicken with brioche and caramelised onion goats cheese. There are five differing high teas, each with their distinct level of decadence prices range from $28.90 – $199.90pp. Numbers are capped, so make sure to book in advance!
Where: Palazzo Versace, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Indulge in High Coffee at The Fireplace, eating your way through three tiers of sweets and savouries inspired by and infused with rich Vittoria Single Origin Blend coffee notes. Take your High Tea to the next level with a decadent cocktail – our favourite options include the Espresso Martini (for obvious reasons) and the Smoking Hot Chocolate (because torched marshmallows). High coffee is served on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm and is $47pp, including tea and coffee. Availability is limited, so you’ll need to book in advance.
Where: The Fireplace, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
Indulge in an irresistible selection of exquisite sweet treats, petite savoury delights, and dainty ribbon sandwiches, all freshly made in-house and served on beautiful vintage tiered trays at Tallebudgera’s Teavine House. Set amongst stunning greenery, this is one of the most beautiful High Tea’s you’ll ever experience with fine food, artisan tea and an elegant setting. Traditional High Tea is $45 per person (minimum two person booking), including all the goodies you know and love like mini croissants, sandwiches and quiches plus scones and mini sweet treats. We will see you there!
Where: 268 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Tallebudgera
Bon Appetea Teahouse
Nestled in leafy Mudgeeraba, Bon Appetea Teahouse offers a charming atmosphere along with a High Tea option you’ll absolutely love. You have multiple options to choose from, ranging from a Luxe High Tea with Scones, jam and cream, a selection of petite patisseries, organic sandwiches and savoury bites with tea or coffee for $50 per person, or perhaps the Deluxe High Tea with delectable savoury inclusions like Lobster and smoked salmon mousse priced at $60 is more your thing? There’s also an option for the kiddies if you want to take them along ($25pp) or even a completely take away Picnic High Tea, however, you must book with at least 24 hours notice!
Where: 7 Johns Road, Mudgeeraba
As if a remarkable and ultra-contemporary new art gallery weren’t enough for HOTA, they then decided to spoil us completely with the inclusion of a cutting-edge fine-dining restaurant: Palette. Led by superstar Executive Chef Dayan Hartill-Law, the restaurant not only delights with multiple course lunches and dinners but now they bring to the table a decadent high-tea — perfect refuelling after checking out all that art! Next level items include Mulled wine scones with native berry jam and Brisket pastrami sandwiches, and it’s a steal at only $60 per person with a $15 supplement for a bubbly glass of Veuve Cliquot.
Where: HOTA Gallery, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Runway Restaurant and Bar at Rydges Gold Coast Airport
Relatively new to the Gold Coast and one many people still do not even know about is the Runway Restaurant & Bar. But this is to your detriment, people! The venue provides excellent food, drinks and an opportunity for some High Tea action. And this is where it gets interesting. Because you can choose between your Traditional High Tea with delicious cakes and bite-size treats for $65 for two people, or you can select their Man T and celebrate a bromance with beef sliders, man-size cakes, and hand-cut chips, it’s $75 for two with a schooner of beer each or $75 with soft drinks instead. Who said high tea is just for the girls?
Where: Terminal Drive, Bilinga
A firm favourite on the bustling social scene in Broadbeach — and for good reason. Amongst bottomless brunches, banquets, and takeaway menus, you’re hard pushed to find a better taste of the Middle East. So, round up three of your friends (4 person minimum) and book in with 48 hours notice to taste the ultimate Middle Eastern High Tea experience, and you can enjoy the spoils of sweets like Turkish Delight and savoury temptations such as Kofte balls served with a mint yoghurt sauce. It’s $49 per person with a glass of sparkling on arrival and then unlimited tea and coffee afterwards! We are here for it!
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
This 114-year-old Queenslander simply oozes charm and heritage with so much history and character behind every door. Book in and stay in any one of their three rooms or make your way there to enjoy yourself an old-style high tea with lashings of appeal. Available Thursday to Sunday 11am – 3pm for a lowly $39 per person; you can taste your way through homemade quiche, assorted sandwiches, homemade scones, unlimited tea and the option for a barista-made coffee or even an iced chocolate/coffee if the mood takes you. Bookings are essential, go on, head to Mudgeeraba for a high tea with history!
Where: 65 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Chapter and Verse
Located in the luxurious JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa, Chapter and Verse is the opulent all-day bar you can enjoy even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Amazing cocktails to one side; these guys really know how to push the boat out when it comes to high tea. There are three adult versions to go for: Traditional, High Seas, and High Cheese, and not forgetting a cute mini version for the little ones, Teeny Tiny Tea. Traditional is a snip at $64 per person with a glass of Chandon Brut or opt for the High Seas which is a sea-to-table experience you won’t want to miss and costs just $74 per person. With this you can expect all your seafood favourites like: oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, smoked salmon tartine with capers & dill and spanner crab sandwich. (Yessss, we are here for this one!) Ohh but if you like your cheese, ALL of the cheese awaits you with their High Cheese which is just $64 per person.
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When it comes to a secluded and withdrawn oasis to enjoy some alfresco dining action, then Greendays in Bundall should be very high up on your list of places to go. Renowned for the unique weddings and functions they throw, you’re also able to enjoy the space yourself seven days a week from 7am! And these guys don’t cut any corners. For just $45 per person, you can enjoy an assortment of housemade macarons, raspberry chocolate cheesecake and pork and chive sausage rolls and throw in a glass of French bubbles for an extra $10. There’s a separate vegan high tea, high cheese and junior high teas available also – so don’t stress, everyone will be looked after!
Where: 8/6 Ashmore Road, Bundall
Tea and Niceties
Found on Mt Tamborine, Tea and Niceties offers exactly that within a beautiful rainforest setting. Traditional High Tea is $49 per person and provides a selection of sandwiches and warm savouries, Scones with jam, cream and lemon curd and delicate cakes, slices and tartlets with tea from the signature collection or plunger coffee. Celebrations High Tea offers the same with endless tea or coffee and a glass of sparkling wine for $65pp, while the Wellbeing High Tea offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan goodies plus tea and coffee for $55pp. All High Teas are made fresh on-site, and bookings are essential. This all sounds pretty heavenly to us!
Where: 32 Eagle Heights Road, Eagle Heights
Words by Alex Mitcheson.