Mother’s Day High Tea in Sydney

The best high teas in Sydney to take your Mum for Mother’s Day

There’s something so theatrical about a high tea. The delicate tea cups, the three tiered stand heaped with delicious things to eat. It’s almost overwhelming. Soft cucumber sandwiches, warm scones with fresh cream and jam, fluffy tea cakes, sticky macarons, sweet and savoury tarts… Sorry. Drifted off into a food coma there.

While you can get a fantastic high tea year round, plenty of places are amping it up for Mother’s Day with special gifts, one-off menus, and a gift for your mum, which is ideal if you’ve forgotten to grab one yourself.

The best part? Treat mum to a Mother’s Day high tea, and she’ll be so distracted by eclairs and Earl Grey that she’ll forget your cooking skills are severely lacking. And you don’t have to wash up. Nice.

Bonus: why not add to the decadent day by ordering a swanky UBER to take her to and from lunch? We know, we're full of fabulous ideas.

Where to go for high tea on Mother's Day


Sir Stamford Hotel, Circular Quay

Indulge in the most luxurious of quaint tea rooms, with the Stamford’s Mother’s Day High Tea.

For $89pp ($32 per child) you get a tier of sandwiches, sweets and scones, plus a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne on arrival and a special (but secret) gift for mums.

She more of a savoury lady? Tell the guys at Sir Stamford and they will upgrade you to a canapes and curry puff menu for $10 extra per person.

Bookings: 11am (The Bar), 12pm (The Elizabeth Room), 2:30pm (The Bar).


Swissotel, Sydney

A constant participant in Good Food Month's dessert offerings, Swissotel knows how to appease the sweet toothed fiends in every one of us.

High Tea as Swissotel will find you sipping cocktails and sumping on sandwiches and scones into the early evening ($59). This is only offered on weekends. For weekend players, the hotel also offers a buffet high tea for those who like to go long, which includes a sparkling on arrival ($69pp).

We'll keep you posted when we know more of the hotel's Mother's Day high tea options.

Bookings: TBA

$59 for High Tea, Cocktails and Chocolate Fountain for Two People in the 5-Star Swissôtel Sydney, CBD from Groupon

It's a high tea with all the trimmings at the Swissotel, including cocktails and a chocolate fountain. Available for a limited time only, this voucher is only valid Mondays to Fridays. So if you can't treat her on her special day, you've still got a chance to treat her to a high tea she'll love.

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney CBD

Head to the Sofitel this Mother’s Day for a high tea in the secluded Garden Court restaurant.

The decadent high tea (for $75pp) includes a delectable selection of sweet and savouries that will all be presented on Cristina Re's beautifully designed signature collection and a glass of Premium Australian sparkling.

One lucky mum will also take home a Cristina Re High Tea collection. Because she can never have enough presents on her special day.

Seatings: 12pm-2pm / 3pm-5pm.


The Tea Cosy, The Rocks

The Tea Cosy promises scones and tea “like nanna used to make”, and have adorably knitted tea cosies to prove its commitment to all things kitsch.

Mother's Day high tea at The Tea Cosy is a grand affair. Priced at $45pp, the package includes and three-tiered stand of homemade scones, ribbon sandwiches cakes and two drinks (non-alcoholic). As a special treat, all mums will receive a beautiful jar of fresh flowers.

Seatings: 9:30-11:30am (Devonshire Tea only), 12pm-2pm (High Tea) and 3pm-5pm (High Tea)


Vaucluse House Tearooms, Vaucluse

Each year Vaucluse House Tearooms brings out three delectable menus for Mother’s Day (Breakfast, Lunch and High Tea) and this year is no different.

Naturally, our favourite is the high tea. It is why you're hear, isn't it? As there are so many sumptuous events on today, its a set 3:30pm booking and includes a three-tiered stand of Vaucluse House Tearoom’s signature sweet (black forest cup gateau cup, salted caramel profiterole and brioche apple and cinnamon doughnut) and savoury (chicken and tarragon Harry's Bar sandwich, wild mushroom tart with truffle cream and pecorino and salmon and creme fraiche blini with salmon caviar) delights, a glass of sparkling wine, and fine tea or coffee in the historic estate and picturesque grounds is yours for $55pp.

Children's menus are also available for $25pp.

Bookings: 3:30pm-5:50pm.


Boronia Tea Room, Mosman

Some places were made for high tea. The Boronia Tea Room is one of them.

It’s a beautiful grand Mosman mansion, with a wrap around veranda and manicured gardens. A standard high tea package at the Boronia Team Rooms goes for $47pp although you could spring for the Champagne High Tea Package for $69pp because she deserves it.

In 2016 Boronia offered a Mother's Day special High Tea Weekend package which included a glass of bubbly on arrival and a special gift. Stay tuned for more details on this year's offerings as we get word of them.

Bookings: 10am-3:30pm on Mothers Day.


The Cortile @ The InterContinental, Sydney CBD

Mother's Day at the InterCon is all about lavish high teas that go on for what seems like FOREVER.

On offer at The Cortile are a variety of options including two high teas (The High Tea buffet in the Cortile Lounge and the Traditional High Tea in the Harbour Room) and one high coffee (for mothers who prefer the coffee diet), which will be offered in the Cortile Lounge as well.

Last year's event included a special Mother's Day cocktail with your buffet, glass of Champagne with your Traditional High Tea, and espresso martini with... well, you know, it IS coffee-based.

High teas range from $55-$60 though the upcoming Mother's Day event might have various prices to accommodate for the extra lavish treatment.

High Tea Buffet Seatings: 1pm-2:30pm, or 3pm-4:30pm

Traditional High Tea Seatings: Vary between 11am-5pm

Treat mum to a morning tea cruise

Sydney Harbour Highlights Morning Tea Cruise from finder.com.au

Sensational Sydney Cruises

  • Enjoy a lite morning tea aboard a small yacht with a maximum of just 16 guests
  • Cruise for two hours around Sydney Harbour's bays and coves
  • Price is per person and includes a light morning tea
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Sydney Harbour Discovery Morning Tea Cruise from finder.com.au

Sydney Princess Cruises

  • Have a morning tea of biscuits, cakes and pastries along with tea and coffee
  • Cruise around the city's harbour and take an option swim in summer
  • Price is per person and includes morning tea
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