Strangers’ Restaurant

Traditional High Tea at NSW Parliament

High Tea at NSW Parliament

High Tea is held every Friday in the Strangers’ Restaurant from 12 pm to 3 pm. A selection of freshly brewed teas & coffee and handmade sweet & savoury delights are served on the traditional Parliamentary Crested Wedgwood plates. The fresh gourmet creations are designed to showcase a wide variety of seasonal produce sourced from throughout regional New South Wales. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Sample Menu

  • Vanilla panna cotta & raspberry tarlet
  • Homemade summer berry macaroons
  • Chocolate cup filled with whipped coffee cream
  • Date & nutmeg soda scones with whipped cream and homemade berry jam
  • Caramelised banana topped with whipped cream & caramel popcorn
  • Homemade mini lamington
  • Baked black truffle and goats cheese tart topped with an artichoke salsa
  • Smoked blini topped with cream cheese, capers and dill
  • BBQ baby corn with miso butter dipping sauce
  • Mini Cornish pasty
  • Chicken & celery finger sandwiches


Traditional Afternoon Tea $50 per person
Sparkling High Tea$56 per person
with a glass of Tyrrell’s Moore’s Creek Sparkling
Sparkling Rosé High Tea$60 per person
with a glass of Peterson House Brut Rosé Sparkling


Group Packages

For group enquiries over 30 guest, please contact our professional Events Team. 

Discover NSW Parliament

For a complete experience of NSW Parliament, we highly recommend the free walking tours which are held on Monday and Friday. These tours allow you to witness where history is made. To book yourself in for a walk through time, please contact the Legislative Assembly on 02 92303444.

 Did you know?

The tradition of High Tea began in the mid 1700s as an afternoon meal for working men and women. It was taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus the word ‘high’.Gradually, High Tea became an important social event for ladies and gentlemen of society, rather than a meal for the working class.

High Tea served a practical purpose, allowing society ladies and gentlemen the opportunity of a substantial meal before attending the theatre or playing cards.In 1754, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, had the idea of placing meat and other fillings between two slices of bread, thus creating the first sandwich.

Historically, High Tea at NSW Parliament was a privilege reserved for members of Parliament, visiting dignitaries, consul representatives and members of the Royal family. Today, it is open to all.