By Ruby Singh
It’s nice to be able to relax and rejuvenate with a light meal and tea in the afternoon. If you’re up for that, we got you covered, as we’ve featured the top cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton here.
For this list, we picked those that offer delectable food and a fine variety of teas. Also we chose those that have a great, friendly service, according to past clients.
If you’re ready, here are the leading cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton!
1) Urge Coffee & Tea Boutique
|BEST FOR||Vegetarian / gluten-free high tea|
Coffee & Tea
|ADDRESS||2/371 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 3.30pm|
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
You can unwind in the day by having sweet light meals and hot tea at Urge Coffee & Tea Boutique. The lovely boutique cafe is located at 2/371 Victoria Street, Hamilton.
They offer a standard menu along with a variety of premium teas to complement your food. However, you can make a request if you want a vegetarian or gluten-free option.
Their high tea is good for 30 minutes for a minimum of 2 persons. This is priced at $34.90 per person.
Remember to book early, preferably a day or two before. Sure, you can book on the same day but there’s a chance that others may already have taken the slot.
- Sweet light meals
- Offer a variety of premium teas
- Vegetarian/gluten-free option available
Here’s Laura Monney’s review of the high tea at Urge Coffee & Tea Boutique:
“The service was just spot on & the staff are lovely. The high tea was so good & food. Will definitely come back!”
|BEST FOR||Luxurious high tea|
Sparkling High Tea (with complimentary Veuve du Vernay)
|ADDRESS||495 Gordonton Road, Gordonton, Hamilton 3281, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-853 3018|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm|
Keen to embark on a culinary experience for your high tea? Well, you should make a booking at Zealong. Here, they serve a range of exquisite and delectable selections.
From luscious Lavender and Honey Macaron and fluffy Coconut Cake to savoury Teriyaki Brisket Burger, and mouth-watering Crunchy Coconut Prawns, they have it all.
You can choose whether you want a signature high tea (normal option), or sparkling high tea — in which you get a complimentary Veuve du Vernay bottle for a toast.
Let’s not forget the great range of delightful teas on offer that nicely complement your meals. You can also enjoy the breathtaking view of Waikato from the tea house.
As you can see, Zealong is among the top cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton you can go to.
- Luxurious high tea
- Great first-class food
- Delightful selection of teas
- Amazing view
Jakob Richert shared his high tea experience at Zealong:
“Exquisite high tea with a huge variety of teas to try and share amongst our table. We were very pleased to enjoy a high tea experience with Zealong. We tried the Oolong, green and two blended teas and were impressed b all of them :)”
3) The Verandah
|BEST FOR||Parties and special occasions|
|ADDRESS||Rotoroa Drive, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-838 9975|
The Verandah is a cafe and catering company situated at Rotoroa Drive, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton. They offer a high tea ideal for parties and special occasions.
Their food includes sandwiches, petit savouries, Devonshire scones, and handcrafted sweet treats. They also offer a range of specialty teas of your choice to enjoy.
You have the option to have your high tea at the cafe, in the private function room, or on the deck.
Bookings are required for your high tea with a minimum of 10 people present. Also, you can upgrade your high tea with a glass of wine for just $36 per head.
- Ideal for parties and special occasions
- Delicious sweets and sandwiches
- Offer a range of specialty teas
- Host your high tea at the cafe, function or on the deck
Angeline told of her high tea experience at The Verandah:
“My high tea experience was amazing. The food was sensational and certainly enough and then some for everybody. The scones just literally dissolved in your mouth . The staff were lovely and made sure everything ran smoothly. Was a lovely way to spend a few hours catching up with friends.”
4) The Olde Creamery
|BEST FOR||Victorian high tea|
Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate
|ADDRESS||317 Kaipaki Road, Hamilton 3881, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-823 6266|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday: 11am – 2pm|
The Olde Creamery is another of the top cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton. It offers something that others don’t… and that’s a unique Victorian-era high tea!
You can enjoy their dainty morsels in their charming English-styled courtyard with centuries-old English trees. Or you can just sit and dine at the cafe with your mates.
There’s an elegant teapot on the table for refilling your leaf tea. That said, if you want something different, you can have a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate instead.
Also they host high tea for little girls, those under 10 years of age. And they let you hire a private upstairs room where they offer decorations that you can take home.
- Victorian high tea
- Charming English courtyard and cosy cafe
- Have a range of drinks available
- Offer little girl high tea parties too
One guest, Sally Annan, left an epic review about The Olde Creamery:
“Can not recommend this place enough. The grounds and building are beautiful, and the staff are incredible. We had such a lovely time having high tea, it is well worth it and such a treat. Not too far from Hamilton it is such a lovely place to visit, definitely give it a go, so much nicer in person than in pictures.”
5) Willowbrook Park
|BEST FOR||Impeccable hospitality|
|ADDRESS||15 Vaile Road, Newstead, Hamilton 3286, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||07 856 5656|
Want to have your high tea at a magnificent English estate — and with hospitable service, to boot? If so, then you should absolutely book at Willowbrook Park Estate!
You’ll be guided by kind and approachable staff on a short tour of the house. There are wonderful views and a lovely garden outside that you can explore.
Needless to say, their food is fresh and enjoyable. They offer warm scones with cream and jam, freshly made sandwiches, sweet treats, and great Zealong teas.
People have really enjoyed being at Willowbrook Park, as evident in its perfect 5 star reviews. Surely, it’s one of the top cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton.
- Fresh and enjoyable food
- Nice menu selection
- Wonderful views and garden
- Impeccable hospitality
One client, Belinda Saunders, mentioned about Willowbrook Park’s high tea:
“We had a great time at Willowbrook Park in Hamilton. We had a delicious High tea and a tour of the gorgeous accomodation. I would seriously recommend this as THE place to stay and dine at in Hamilton. Well worth a visit.”
And that’s a wrap for our list of the top cafes for the best high tea in Hamilton. You will have such a fantastic high tea at these places that you’ll want to come back soon!
Do you have any questions, comments, or reactions to our list? If you have one, kindly drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
However, if you’d prefer to have a bespoke high tea and complete lunch for your guests on a special event, then you can give the best catering services in Hamilton a call!