Customs House

Indulge with friends and feel like royalty at Customs House's decadent high tea.
Elizabeth Penrose
Published on September 10, 2013
Updated on October 04, 2017


Any high tea sitting is absolutely delightful. How could it not be? Sampling delicious petite desserts and sipping champagne and tea is a perfect way to indulge for a few hours. But, Customs House have managed to raise the bar. They do not aim for merely 'delightful', the team at Customs House offer a gorgeously decadent high tea that is fit for a Queen.

Diners have a choice between enjoying their high tea in the elegant dining hall or venturing outside to the open area which offers a spectacular view of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Upon arrival, the attentive and very friendly staff offer a glass of sparkling (extra $5.00 per person) and fresh orange juice which allows diners to settle in for the hour and a half of pure indulgence. Soon afterwards, staff promptly bring out the sumptuous three-tiered stand. Keeping to tradition, the Customs House high tea includes one tier of delicious sandwiches, a middle tier of scones with strawberry jam and cream and a top tier filled with scrumptious petite desserts.

The turkey and cranberry sandwiches go down an absolute treat with English Breakfast Tea, as do the scones and their tasty fresh cream. However, the stand out is the top tier. If you have a sweet tooth, be prepared as you may find the choice a little overwhelming. The range of desserts are both beautifully presented and mouth-wateringly delicious. A little carrot cake and of course a decadent chocolate cake with pop-rock icing prove to be favourites.

The atmosphere of both the inside and outside dining areas is lively, yet elegant and refined. Happy diners fill both areas and there is an infectious buzz of excitement as people enjoy their luxurious tea parties with friends. High tea is offered in either a morning session (10-11.30 am) or in the afternoon (2-3.30pm). If you have a special dietary requirement do not fret as the team are more than happy to take this into consideration with gluten free and other options available.


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