Embrace Christchurch’s English heritage by treating yourself to an elegant high tea set at one of these five wonderful spots in Christchurch. So, whether you’re heading out for a date, a girls weekend, a catch up with friends or a family adventure, these fine dining high tea sets offer something for everyone to enjoy. And hey, nothing brings people more together than sharing decadent grub.
Feel like royalty as you are served one of the finest Victorian style high teas in Christchurch. In a unique tearoom, opt for the Victoria’s High Tea for $40, a traditional bite-sized sweet and savoury tea set with complimentary hot beverages, or else the Ladies Who Lunch High Tea for $50, which includes an extravagant British luncheon with plenty of sweet and savoury options and a glass of bubbly along with hot beverages. Excitingly, a Gluten Free & Dairy Free High Tea will set you back $50 and is just as delicious. All dishes are spread across the finest china paired with elegant silverware. Be sure to dress for the occasion.
📍 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
This Dim Sum Restaurant caters a marvellous high tea fit for a Queen. Pay just $45 per person and indulge on an array of sweet and savoury bites like salmon ricepaper crisp, cranberry scones, strawberry tarts, chocolate mint lollipops, macarons just to name a few. Bottomless tea is included in the package, and you can spice thing up by adding a cocktail for just an extra $8. Wonderfully, the restaurant caters for GF, DF and vegan dieters. Indeed, this high tea is a phenomenal tasting experience.
📍 101/96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Drive 20 minutes from the city to dine at this elegant French spot in Kaiapoi. With 5-star reviews, where could it go wrong? Housed in the former Kaiapoi Railway Station, they specialise in traditional baking and awesome high tea sets. At $37.50, the Queens High Tea includes five savoury options, four sweet treats, scones with jam and cream and a hot beverage. Smaller packages include the Petite High Tea at $24.50 and the iconic Children’s High Tea at $15.50 so the kiddies don’t feel left out.
📍 57 Charles Street, Kaiapoi 7630, New Zealand
4. 50 Bistro
This award-winning stylish eatery is located in The George Hotel and they dish out a delicious high tea spread. Indeed, you won’t go hungry after this. Think sweet bites like sultana and orange scones, seasonal macarons, vegan carrot cake and savoury options such as club sandwiches, crispy chicken and hummus, truffle aioli mini burgers, and plenty more. Teas and coffees are complimentary. Pay $57 with a glass of sparkling wine, or else $45 without wine.
📍 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
5. Terra Viva
Another award-winning spot where you can chow down on top-notch grub. They offer a brand new high tea menu for just $36.50 with coffee and tea or else $48.50 with bubbles or wine. Meanwhile, you can pay $38.50 for a gluten-free set. Each person gets to indulge on nine items, four savoury and five sweet. Expect a scrumptious array of bites like yummy roast ham and swiss cheese croissants, smoked salmon, club sandwiches, jelly scones, macarons, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate profiteroles, and more. Likewise, they donate $1 to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue for every tea you order. How lovely!
📍 242 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand