Taking High Tea to the Next Level
Laurel Edwards was reviewing three quite different Sunshine Coast High Tea experiences, including Flaxton Gardens, Elements at Montville and Chocolate to Chilli. Each High Tea experience is unique with their own special style and twist on the traditional High Tea.
History of High Tea
The British tradition of Afternoon Tea was thought to have been introduced in the 1840’s by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who was said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day – a large breakfast, and dinner at around 8pm in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack of bread and butter or cake, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. Once the Duchess began inviting friends to join her for Afternoon Tea, it became a popular social event amongst the English aristocracy.
Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea served on a lounge or low table between four and five o’clock, whereas the middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, between five and six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names are derived from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table. In more recent years, the term ‘high tea’ evolved to became a word meaning exquisite afternoon tea.
Flaxton’s Famous High Tea
Elegantly served on the Terrace or in the beautiful gardens of Flaxton Gardens’ Vineyard Restaurant, our High Tea offerings include a Luxury High Tea Party experience – complete with champagne, table decorations, sashed seating and superb delicacies that are light years away from the usual scones and finger sandwiches. It’s a popular treat for bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries.
Our Luxury High Tea includes a selection of 3 delicate Sweets & 3 Savories per person, bubbles on arrival, a plunger coffee or pot of tea per person and a bonbonniere of chocolates. With the perfect balance of savoury and sweet, our fresh and healthy High Tea Menu includes the following:
Fresh Brioche with choice of:
– Grilled Chicken Salad, OR
– Smoked Salmon & Brie, OR
– Falafel & Avocado
Freshly Steamed Wonton with Wakami Salad
Vegetarian Spring Roll
Homemade Scone with Raspberry Jam & Hinterland Cream
Berry infused Mini Donut
Triple Chocolate Tartlet
We also have options for gluten free & other dietary needs. So why not come on up and see how we have taken our Flaxton Gardens High Tea to the next level.
Thanks to Channel 7 Queensland and The Great Day Out for featuring Flaxton Gardens Famous High Tea – take a look at the video below (aired on Sunday 30th July), and we also hope you enjoy the behind the scenes photos!
The Great Day Out – Channel 7 Queensland
Behind the Scenes