Elegant celebrations  down to  tea
Elegant celebrations down to tea

The age-old tradition of high tea is making a comeback.

The afternoon pastime, which started in Britain in the 1700s as the wealthy classes nibbled cakes and sandwiches while sipping tea, is surging in popularity.

Hotels, patisseries and restaurants around Perth are latching on to the emerging trend, serving up delicacies for up to $50 a head.

Niamh Mangan, manager at Rochelle Adonis in Northbridge, said all kinds of groups came in for high tea, but they had seen a rise in the number of high tea hen parties.

"It's a more elegant and stylish way to celebrate with beautiful, fresh flowers and here you can bring your own champagne," Ms Mangan said.

"A lot of people like to invite their families so this is a great way for people to include their mums and grandmothers."

Several venues have deals for high tea occasions, including The Richardson, which recently designed a high tea and spa combo for brides-to-be.

Baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries are also popular at several Perth tearooms.

Rachelle Taylor, of the Hyatt Regency Perth, said its high tea sessions were often booked out.

At most venues, including the Esplanade River Suites, guests had the choice of a traditional or sparkling high tea.

A traditional spread includes the standard pastries, cakes, sandwiches and tea.

The sparkling tea incorporates a glass of champagne.

The West Australian

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