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Where to get high tea for home in Sydney

Pass the cucumber sandwiches, please

Written by
Time Out editors
,
Divya Venkataraman
&
Elizabeth McDonald
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Note: This page has been edited to reflect current NSW lockdown restrictions. Venues listed have takeaway or delivery options.

Crustless cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and tiered plates of petit fours.  Sydney loves a pinky-lifting high tea, and with good reason. Once you've got baked goodies, tea selections for every palette and beautiful surrounds – maybe harbour views, like at the Mosman Barracks, or cultivated gardens at historic Vaucluse House – you've got all the elements of an aspirational afternoon of leisure.

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The best high teas Sydney has to offer

  • Restaurants

Pinkies up, please, for the Sheraton Grand's high tea experience is coming to a living room near you. With three opulent boxes to choose from, all of your ultra-fancy tea party needs are catered to; there’s the ‘High Tea Box' ($99) where you’ll be treated to Macaroni cheese croquette with truffle tomato jam, white chocolate mousse, scones with cream and jam, and more. For something a little less traditional, opt for the cheese and charcuterie box ($89) with locally sourced cheeses, cured meats like pork and fennel salami and housemade pastrami, as well as all the fixings of focaccia, pickles, dried fruits, dips, and more.

If that’s not enough, go big with the Sheraton ‘indulgence box’ ($125) which will score you local cheeses, chicken slaw focaccia sandwiches, cured meats, dukkah rubbed cauliflower steaks, and dainty pastries to finish. Chuck in a 375ml bottle of Moët ($50) and for a few more bucks you can keep the picnic basket for future promenading. You can place your orders through the Sheraton's website, orders close at 5 pm on Wednesday for pick-up at the Hyde Park hotel from Friday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. You can also have it sent to your home via Uber Package delivery. Très chic.

 

Freshly baked scones are a staple of any good high tea experience and the Tea Cosy in the Rocks are whipping them up Wed-Fri every week. You can either have the scones baked already or you can get a bake-at-home version ($40). Butter, jam, and whipped cream are all you need to take these scones from good to great. Check out the Tea Cosy website to place your order.

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When it comes to standouts in Sydney’s vegan restaurant scene, Alibi Bar and Dining, tucked into Woolloomoo’s boutique Ovolo Hotel, is right up there. This totally plant-based restaurant is also gaining a reputation for its high tea offering, which goes far beyond your stock standard scones and jam (although they do make an appearance) – think Coronation soybean sandwich with saffron mayo, Ginger tart with grapes and white chocolate oat, and coffee and chocolate cake with cherries.

Alibi is also flogging a takeaway high tea pack in addition to their in-house offering. Looking for a cute option for your next picnic date? On Saturdays and Sundays, you can arrange to pick up a takeaway box, which comes complete with a cardboard serving tower.

The Alibi High Tea Takeaway costs $90 and feeds two people with a selection of sweet and savoury treats. There’s also the option to add beverages like a bottle of Prosecco or Perrier-Jouët ‘grand brut’ NV, or a selection of bottled cocktails. Elsewhere on the takeaway menu, you'll find more plant-powered feeds like burgers, salads, and fancier feasts. You can pre-order for weekend pickup here.

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  • Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria has been nimble in its pivot to takeaway, having grown accustomed to the endless lines of office workers and weekends alike since their opening. The crew has whipped up a whole load of ready-made meal options but their high tea at home experience takes the cake, as it were. You can choose from either a classic high tea box ($64) with poached chicken sandwiches and cured salmon with caviar on brioche, or the vegetarian option with tomato tarts and roasted vegetarian sandwiches ($64).

The high tea boxes serve two, four, or six people, and orders can be placed through the Grounds of Alexandria website.

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