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28 Oct 2019
food, weekends-away

Best of the Blue Mountains: High Tea

It’s not just the Queen of England who gets to indulge in the grand tradition of high tea! 

Originating in 16th century England, high tea was a mid-afternoon meal for the working class. It was eaten while standing up or seated on high stools and consisted of scones, sandwiches, cakes along with of course, a cuppa. The tradition of high tea has evolved and continues to this day, whether you’re a sucker for a sweet treat, celebrating a special occasion or secretly just there for a glass of champagne, we’ve found the perfect high tea for you!

Bygone Beautys, Leura

If there was ever a venue that was perfect for high tea, it’s Bygone Beautys in Leura. Complete with a teapot museum, Bygone Beautys is an iconic Blue Mountains institution that serves a high tea fit for royalty. Your waiter dressed to the nines in a top hat and tails, your tea served in fine bone china and your belly filled with homemade tea cakes. BYO champagne for the ultimate indulgence. Bookings essential. 

Avalon, Katoomba

You’ll be transported back in time when you enter the Avalon’s glamourous art deco dining room. Held every weekend, the Avalon puts on a delicious and filling spread for their high tea. The high tea menu includes a tasty selection of savouries, mini desserts and of course the infamous lemonade scones served with lashings of jam and cream. For something different, why not add a psychic tarot reading to your high tea experience!

Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Katoomba

Sink into one of the plush Victorian armchairs and get ready for some indulgence at the Lilianfels Resort and Spa high tea. Served in The Lounge that overlooks the stunning courtyard gardens, this high tea backdrop is both understated elegance and inviting ambience. With three packages to choose from Lilianfels has a high tea option for everyone. Bookings essential.

Lindsays Cafe, Faulconbridge

Now that Spring is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to spend a relaxing afternoon under the trees at Lindsays Café. The high tea at Lindsays Café is prepared by their head pastry chef, including the famous fresh scones to be enjoyed with a cuppa or even a glass of bubbly! After you’ve had your fill of sweets, you can wander around the Norman Lindsay Gallery and its picturesque gardens.

The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba 

The grand Carrington Hotel serves Grand High Tea! Served in one of the last Victorian dining rooms in Australia with the sounds of a local pianist playing in the background, you’re in for a high tea filled with the history and charm of yesteryear. The traditional high tea menu is all created at the hotel by their talented chefs and includes a selection of finger sandwiches, delightful cakes, fluffy scones with jam and cream and savoury treats.