May 04, 2023 6 min read

High tea is a tradition that has been enjoyed for centuries, and its origins can be traced back to England in the mid-19th century. At that time, the working class would return home after a long day of labor and have a light meal of tea and bread or cakes. This meal was often taken standing up, and it was known as "low tea" or "afternoon tea."

However, in the upper classes, it was fashionable to have a more substantial meal in the late afternoon or early evening. This meal was served at a high table, hence the name "high tea." High tea typically included more savory dishes, such as meat pies, cheeses, and cold cuts, as well as cakes and pastries. It was also accompanied by a pot of tea, served with milk and sugar.

Over time, high tea became associated with elegance and sophistication, and it was adopted by the upper classes as a social ritual. High tea was often served in the drawing room or parlor, with the table set with fine china, silverware, and linen. Guests would be seated around the table, and the food would be served on tiered stands.

Today, high tea is still enjoyed around the world, and it has evolved to reflect local customs and traditions. In Australia, for example, high tea is often served with a glass of sparkling wine, while in Japan, it may include sushi and other Japanese delicacies. High tea has also become more accessible, with many hotels, cafes, and restaurants offering high tea menus to the general public.

At Dello Mano, we have traveled the world to experience some of the best high teas cities have to offer. One of our favorite high teas was at the Tiffany Blue Box Cafe in New York, which is located in the flagship Tiffany & Co. store on Fifth Avenue. The room is decorated in the iconic Tiffany blue color, and it features an elegant chandelier and murals of birds and flowers. The high tea menu includes classic finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of miniature desserts, all served on beautiful Tiffany & Co. china.

Another memorable high tea was at the Waldorf Astoria in Beijing, which is known for its luxurious atmosphere and impeccable service. The high tea menu includes a range of savory and sweet treats, such as foie gras and truffle sandwiches, lobster tartlets, and macarons. The tea is served in the hotel's opulent Peacock Alley lounge, which features marble floors, high ceilings, and plush sofas.

The High Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beijing

High Tea at the Waldorf in Beijing

In London, we visited Sketch, a quirky and whimsical restaurant that is famous for its eclectic decor and playful menu. The high tea menu includes savory items such as quiches and croque-monsieurs, as well as sweet treats such as chocolate mousse and mini eclairs. The tea is served in a room that is decorated with pink velvet chairs, geometric patterns, and a collection of colorful art installations.

At The Plazain New York, we experienced a high tea that was fit for royalty. The menu includes classic English sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and an assortment of mini cakes and pastries. The tea is served in the hotel's Palm Court, which is a stunning atrium space with soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and a live pianist.

The palm atrium at The Plaza Hotel New York

The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel New York

In Singapore, we visited the Fullerton Bay Hotel, which offers a high tea with a stunning view of the city's skyline. The menu includes traditional items such as smoked salmon sandwiches and scones with clotted cream, as well as Asian-inspired treats such as chicken satay and curry puffs. The tea is served in the hotel's elegant lobby lounge, which features a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The High Tea at the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore

High Tea at the Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Closer to home In Melbourne, we visited Adelphi Hotel, which offers a modern and playful twist on high tea. The menu features unique savory items such as lobster sliders and truffle arancini, as well as sweet treats like mini pavlovas and raspberry macarons. The tea is served in the hotel's airy and colorful atrium, which is filled with bright artworks and pop art-inspired furniture.

At Dello Mano, we have taken the concept of high tea to create our own unique high tea experience, which we offer as High Tea Home Delivery in Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast. Our high tea menu home delivery includes a range of handmade sweets including our Luxury Brownie, Cakes and handmade Belgian Chocolate truffles. It also includes a small savory treat and scone. The Dello Mano Home Delivery High Tea includes a scone, butter, jam and a tea sachet so that the experience concept can be enjoyed at home. 

We believe that high tea is the perfect way to celebrate special occasions, such as Mother's Day. High tea is all about indulging in delicious food. It's a tradition that has been passed down through generations and is still cherished today. The Home Delivery High Tea concept is perfect to send as a Mother's Day gift when you cant be there with your mum.

If you're looking to treat your mum to something special this Mother's Day, why not order a high tea home delivery from Dello Mano? Our high tea experience is the perfect way to show your appreciation for all the hard work and love that is your mum. Plus, with our delivery service, she can enjoy a delicious high tea in the comfort of her own home, without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up.

Hosting your own high tea party at home is also a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. You can invite your mum and other loved ones over for a fancy afternoon of tea, sandwiches, and sweets. Set the table with your finest china and silverware, and don't forget to include some fresh flowers and a few candles to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

When planning your high tea menu, try to include a variety of savory and sweet items, such as finger sandwiches, scones, and miniature desserts. You can also experiment with different tea flavors and serve them in pretty teapots with matching cups and saucers.

In conclusion, high tea is a beloved tradition that has stood the test of time. Whether you're enjoying a high tea in a luxurious hotel or sending you mum a special Mother's Day High Tea home delivery, it's a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions and create lasting memories for loved ones. So, this Mother's Day, why not treat your mum to a delicious home delivery high tea from Dello Mano or host your own high tea party and make it a day to remember!

The Dello Mano High Tea Home Delivery can be ordered online now for delivery to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Alternatively order online and pick up from our Wintergarden Brisbane Store. To place a Mother's Day gift order on the phone call 1300 033 467. Check out the delicious Dello Mano Mother's Day gift collection to see all the alternatives or perhaps to send an additional treat with the Home Delivery High Tea.


About Dello Mano:

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Dello Mano is a family-owned business with a rich heritage in crafting handmade brownies, cakes, hampersand seasonal treats. Since our founding in 2006, we have been committed to using only the finest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible, to create truly exceptional desserts. Our passion for baking has earned us an award winning reputation for excellence, and we take pride in delivering delicious treats that are perfect for any occasion. With each bite, our customers can taste the care and attention that goes into every Dello Mano creation. Whether you're indulging in one of our classic browniesor trying one of our special seasonal treats, we guarantee you'll be delighted with the taste and quality of our products. Order online for convenient delivery or visit our Wintergarden Brisbane store to experience our handmade treats in person. We offer click and collect at our Wintergarden store. Order online or call 1300 033 467 to order.

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