There’s a (not entirely unfair) association between high tea and snobbery. It doesn’t help that you “take” high tea rather than “have” it. Or that most high tea imagery evokes a kind of pinkie-finger-out ladies-who-lunch set that’s largely irrelevant in contemporary Australia.
But look past that and the fun’s undeniable. High tea is a great excuse to dress up, and it’s a socially acceptable way of eating a meal that is basically cake after cake – with a few savoury interludes.
These venues have the best high tea in Melbourne. Many of them cleverly deconstruct high tea and put their own creative spin on it. But the ones who stay classic do so well, and very extravagantly.