According to my mother, who is very particular in this regard, the best High Tea in Adelaide is at The Topiary Café, in Tea Tree Gully.
The High Tea includes a two tiered tray with sweets on one layer and savouries on the other, and includes a T-Bar Tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
The sweet tier has a selection of delicate sandwiches, warmed quiche, tart and herbed muffin, and scones with jam and cream. The scone recipe is not the hardy version used for savoury scones, but is lighter and creamier (High Tea in the Garden by founder Dianne Hall).
The top layer has a selection of petite fours, including a melt-in-the-mouth shortbread, lemon curd tart, tiny meringue, cupcake and chocolate brownie. All are made with the finest ingredients, and the tray is decorated with beautiful flowers from the garden.
The Topiary Café has enough indoor seating for cold winter days, but also verandah and outdoor seating for the warmer weather, with a beautiful flowering wisteria vine in the spring. The café is set in the grounds of Newman’s Nursery, with a wide variety of plants, trees and herbs for sale.