Traditional High Tea in Bright

High Tea setting

The Riverdeck Cafe is delighted to serve a traditional High Tea in Bright on the 3rd Sunday of the month*

Steeped in social history this lovely afternoon tradition is a great way to catch up with friends whilst enjoying scrumptious scones, sweets, tasty savouries, ribbon sandwiches and bottomless tea or coffee.

The History of High Tea

The British tradition of High Tea may have originated from the working man’s fare or as a social activity of the “higher” classes.

Said to have begun in the mid 1700’s as an afternoon meal for the exhausted working man upon his return home. The meal consisted of cakes, scones, cheese and tea served either standing up or seated on stools at a “high” dining table.

The creation of afternoon tea however, is often credited to the 7th Duchess of Bedford who complained of a “sinking feeling” around 4pm when waiting for the gentlemen to return from their luncheon parties. Topics of the day were often discussed at great length. With dinner not being served until 8pm Lady Bedford had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and some breadstuffs during the afternoon.

Lady Bedford soon invited friends to join her for this afternoon meal where ladies discussed ‘tea business’.  This gave women a social outlet to discuss topics which were deemed unsuitable for women to discuss in mixed company.

The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly adopted by other upper class hostesses. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea.

It was around this time that John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich had the idea of placing meat and other fillings between the slices of bread and thus the High Tea sandwich was created.

High Tea soon became known as an important event on the social calendars of the “leisure classes” and provided a practical purpose allowing Ladies and Gentlemen the opportunity of a substantial meal before attending the theatre or card nights.

So invite some friends and enjoy the delectable delights of an age old tradition.

High Tea at the Riverdeck:

Traditional High Tea at the Riverdeck includes a range of delicious sweets, scones with jam and cream, tasty savouries, and ribbon sandwiches plus bottomless T2 teas or Lavazza coffee.  $30 per person. Add to the celebrations with a glass of bubbles or wine from our local wineries.

3rd Sunday of each month from 2.30pm. Next High Tea in Bright Sunday 20th November.

Bookings essential. Email us or phone 5755 2199

Gluten free options available

*not available December and January