2014 was a time before global pandemics, and before top-tier hotels hit Perth. It was also the year that Ritz Carlton was announced to be opening at Elizabeth Quay. At the time, I excitedly envisioned a traditional afternoon tea at the Ritz – London style. Fast forward eight years and I was delighted to be invited in for a spot of “tea for two” by Ritz Carlton. It was high time that I experienced a decadent high tea at Ritz Carlton Perth.
While most spots in Perth hold high tea only on the weekend, you can book an afternoon tea at Ritz Carlton Perth any day of the week. What a wonderful way to spend a wintery Wednesday afternoon in the city! The afternoon teas are served either in Hearth Restaurant (weekends) or the equally luxe Hearth Lounge (weekdays), both overlooking Elizabeth Quay.
We arrived at the intimate Hearth Lounge to indulge in their Signature Afternoon Tea, after an easy valet park at the grand hotel’s entrance. We were warmly greeted and seated in the plush lounge bar – glasses of bubble soon made an appearance too.
Ritz Carlton Perth High Tea Menu
Years ago, I assumed the afternoon teas at Ritz Perth would be nothing but traditional. I was delighted to see high teas here have a West Australian twist. On the afternoon tea menu (Correct as June 2022), you can expect a mix of savory and sweet bite sized treats, all created with premium local produce. The food is paired with the beverage package of your choice including Seven Seas Tea from Margaret River, Howard Park Petit Jeté and Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage.
First up, is a plate of savory bites. This includes their signature dish, a lip-licking prawn charcoal roll. The prawns are SO chunky and fresh! I love it.
- Shark bay prawns, cucumber, dill, brown butter, horseradish
- Wagin duck sandwich, fennel, crème fraiche, chervil
- Smoked Mandogalup heirloom beetroot tart, camembert cheese custard, burnt honey
Next up, were the buttermilk scones, with whipped vanilla cream and seasonal preserves – which begs the question… cream or jam first?
And the beautiful wooden tiers of treats did not disappoint! The top tier in the picture below is a plate of the Ritz Perth afternoon tea offering (plus sticky date madeleine and scone in a bowl). The plate to the right is the gluten free option. How pretty does everything look?! I can assure you everything tastes just as good as it looks.
- Chocolate delice, chocolate Sacher, raspberry gel, Veliche dark chocolate cream
- Chestnut and blackcurrant Mont Blanc, mascarpone cream, meringue
- Lamington macaron, coconut ganache, strawberry jelly
Gluten Free High Tea at Ritz Carlton Perth
I’ve had my fair shares of afternoon tea around town and the Ritz gluten free high tea is up there with the best. Many items remained the same, though there are a few changes, like this blueberry tart. I didn’t feel I was missing out at all. The Ritz Perth high tea can also cater to dairy free, vegetarian and vegan requests.
Afternoon Tea Drink Packages
- Afternoon Tea with Seven Seas Tea or Coffee by Offshoot $75 per person
- Afternoon Tea with 1 glass of Howard Park Petit Jeté sparkling wine $85 per person
- Afternoon Tea with 1 glass of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage champagne $100 per person
- Afternoon Tea with Howard Park Petit Jeté sparkling wine 2-hour package $125 per person
- Afternoon Tea with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage champagne 2-hr package $190 pp
The signature Afternoon Teas at Ritz Carlton Perth are a must try. You can tell each component is expertly made by pastry chefs. Not only are the cakes and savories beautiful, so much quality West Australian produce is used.
Sitting Times are:
Monday to Friday: 12pm to 4pm in Hearth Lounge
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm & 3pm in Hearth Restaurant
Please note: The Ritz’s Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea will be served from 4 to 17 July 2022.
Ritz Kids can enjoy Afternoon Tea ($49pp) which includes a choice of milk and juice. A kids-themed afternoon tea will feature snow fairies, storytelling and face painting for this special school holidays event on 6 and 7 July.
Discover the Menu and Bookings at Hearth Restaurant & Lounge Perth.
I was invited by Ritz Carlton Perth to dine as their guest.
All words and opinions are my own.