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Indulge in Vari-tea moments at the Fable Auckland

Nothing says indulgent more than high tea. Dating back to the mid-1700s, this distinctly British tradition is one that has taken the world by storm and if you are looking for the best high tea in Auckland, our new signature high tea at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar is an afternoon delight.

High Tea Price

Our high tea menu is served every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday* from 1pm to 4pm

*Our signature High Tea is available during the week for groups of 10 or more

Pricing Per Person


Includes a range of
speciality teas


Includes a glass of
Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne


Includes a trio
of cocktails

NOTE: Children aged 12 and under can enjoy our High Tea for $35pp
High Tea at the Hotel Grand Windsor must be booked 24 hours in advance. Unfortunately we do not accept walk-ins.

High Tea Menu

Our high tea menu at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar brings back all the classics of the 1920s including buttermilk scones with raspberry & rosewater preserve, dainties such as doris plum almondine, sandwiches of chicken & walnut, cured salmon, classic egg mayo.

Gluten Free and Vegan High Tea menus are available on request. Please complete our booking enquiry below and add any special dietary requirements in the ‘Special Requests’ section.

You can see our full menu below, download the PDF to your computer or phone so you can check it out any time.

Mini Tea

Enjoy a pared back version of our signature High Tea with a selection of four dainty sweet treats and your choice of premium loose leaf tea served in fine bone china. With the option to add champagne or cocktails, it's an afternoon delight! 

Our Mini Tea is served Monday - Friday from 12pm - 4pm.

Speciality teas at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar High Tea

Our high tea not only features some delicious sweet and savoury treats, but also includes an extensive range of exclusive T2 Tealeidoscope signature range teas. We have a selection of 15 loose leaf teas available, all served in our delicate and dainty bone china tea cups.

If you are looking to add a bit of sparkle to your high tea, you can also add the deliciously decadent Louis Roederer Champagne or Fidora Prosecco.

Guests at the Hotel Grand Windsor can enjoy a range of T2 teas every day, with a range of teas available in all rooms at the hotel.

Auckland High Tea

Located in the heart of Queen Street at Fable Auckland, Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar is one of the newest venues to enjoy high tea in Auckland.

There is a rather lovely symmetry between the history of high tea and the history of our very own Fable Auckland. Constructed in 1928, the building was originally built by restaurant and soda fountain company W.R Cooke & Son and began life as a tea-room and soda fountain.

Since the refurbishment of the hotel in 2017, we have gone back to our roots and the restoration of high tea to Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar is one of the final pieces in the puzzle.

History of High Tea

The history of high tea is a little bit clouded. Some believe it was a meal for the working class, taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus ‘high’ tea. Others believe it was a meal for the upper class, taken at the table as opposed to afternoon tea which was taken whilst seated in low, comfortable chairs or sofas.

Whatever the origins, high tea has become synonymous with indulgence and our very own high tea, named Vari-tea for the wide variety of teas available retains all of the traditions of the original high teas from the mid-1700s.