It’s that age-old dilemma: which type of high tea should you have? Luckily, Dunedin has a fine selection of high teas on offer to cater to all tastes, so you can take your pick or try them all. Not only will you impress your associates with how classy you are, you get to scoff as many tea-time treats as you can and still look fancy and dainty as you do it.
A traditional tea at Larnach Castle
Castles ooze posh, so Larnach Castle is an obvious contender when you’re looking for a regal high tea. Take your tea in the garden or in the ballroom by the fireplace, and follow it with a perambulation about the garden, or the castle if you included it in your booking.
A family-friendly tea at Tasse Café
Tasse Café is bright and lively and has something for everyone. Kids love it for the iconic, tooth-tingling milkshakes, but it’s just as popular for its delicious and generous high teas complete with dainty vintage-style crockery.
A charming tea at Distinction Hotel
Served in the Parcels Restaurant, Distinction high teas are available from 12pm to 4pm daily. The tea is simple and delicious, and you can upgrade to include a glass of wine or to have a private group tea served in the vaults rather than the dining room.
A sophisticated tea at The Press Club
A modern take on the traditional high tea, The Press Club at Fable offers a chic and stylish tea with a mix of sweet and savoury delights, an impressive range of loose-leaf teas and the option to upgrade to a glass of champagne or prosecco. With a rich array of tea items and a rich history of writers, poets and publishers as its original regulars, The Press Club is a must-do for high tea.
An opulent tea at Olveston
Olveston’s Edwardian monthly high tea is one hot ticket in tea circles – so much so that you have to buy a ticket to attend. Held in the great hall, high teas are served on the first Sunday of every month, so book as a group or buy a ticket and come along and get to know some fellow high-tea takers. You even get to have a nosy around the house, afterwards.