Heavenly high tea

Within one of Brisbane’s most perfectly positioned hotels in the heart of the South Bank cultural precinct, an elegant ritual with a contemporary twist is a delectable way to kick off your stay.

Photography by David Kelly

20 December 2023


Loved by locals and visitors alike, Bacchus High Tea is a pleasant and mouthwatering occasion with tasty treats to tempt every palate.

Served on William Edwards fine bone chinaware is a delicious menu of sweet pastries and savoury delights whipped up by the talented team at the highly-awarded Bacchus restaurant.

High tea is accompanied by free-flowing Harney & Sons teas with tantalising names such as Paris, Peach Fruit and Hibiscus Ginger, or you can opt for coffee or champagne by the glass as an indulgent extra.

Menu morsels include dainty egg sandwiches, chicken croissants, smoked salmon mini-sliders, and the very moreish Mac n Cheese croquettes.

In the sweet stakes are madeleines, passionfruit tarts, chocolate and ricotta cannoli, colourful macarons, coffee opera cakes and the perennial favourite, scones with jam and cream.

A favourite with families, mothers and daughters, girls’ days out, couples and joy-filled reunions, Bacchus High Tea needs no special occasion.


The signature restaurant of Rydges South Bank, and named after the Roman God of wine and sensory indulgence, Bacchus restaurant is widely regarded as one of the top restaurants in Brisbane.

It has earned a range of accolades including Australian Wine List of the Year – 3 Star Rating; Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence – 2 Glass Rating; and Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards – Star Rating.

Serene and secluded, with a view of the pool through sheer curtains, its décor is a mix of Art Deco and European opulence, with 5-star service and laid-back Brisbane informality that makes it a hit with families as much as connoisseurs.

The ideal tonic to the tropical heat and the hustle and bustle of the city just outside, Bacchus High Tea invites guests to linger over finger food and savour the flavours of a dizzying selection of tea, enjoying conversation and catching up as the day drifts away.

High Tea is served on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm. Adults $49 and children $35. Bacchus is open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30 pm.



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