Sydney’s most elegant High Tea

Indulge in handmade vanilla bean panna cotta, raspberry meringue kisses or fresh sultana scones and jam served on the traditional NSW Parliamentary Wedgwood plates. Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches of pulled chicken and walnut or leek and gruyere frittata. Choose from a selection of teas and coffee poured piping hot into an elegant bone china cup. NSW Parliament prides itself on sourcing the best selection of quality state produce, from sustainable and ethical local farmers and suppliers. Everything is handmade in-house and served in the historical Stranger’s Room, overlooking the beautiful Domain..

The Traditional High Tea is held every Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Sample Menu

A selection of sweet and savoury delights, handmade pastries and cakes and freshly baked scones served with a selection of tea and freshly brewed coffee.

  • Summer berry macaron stack
  • Vanilla bean panna cotta
  • Raspberry meringue kisses
  • Chocolate mousse cones
  • Sultana scones with jam and cream
  • Summer melon salad with lemon balm syrup
  • Leek and gruyere frittata
  • Smoked salmon tartle, taramasolata and cucumber salsa
  • Pulled chicken and walnut finger sandwiches

Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. The menu is subject to seasonal changes.


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

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Take a walk through time, explore the Parliament and witness where history is made.
Tours depart every Monday and Friday and are subject to availability.
To book, please contact the Legislative Assembly team on 02 9230 3444.

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. 

Exclusive group packages are also available for those desiring a private and personalised experience.

Bookings are essential

Last High Tea for 2018 is Friday 21st December 2018.

First High Tea for 2019 is Friday 1st February 2019.