Tucked away in the most easterly cove of Terrigal beach The Cove cafe is on some prime real estate, best when drenched in sun as it reaches its full potentially. We got extremely lucky for our booking, the weather had been crazy in the lead-up, but Terrigal turned it on for our little outing!

When we think of High Tea, we don’t immediately associate it with ocean views and salty sea breezes! Here in my hometown of the Central Coast the Cove Cafe (below the Reef) you can experience luxurious High Tea with killer exotic views. A 3 tiered platter is served with an array of tasty canapes and indulgent sweets accompanied by your choice of teas, champagne and my pick an espresso martini! Here is my experience of the amazing High tea on the Central Coast.

Related: “The Reef Experience, Fine Dining on the Central Coast

High Tea on the Central Coast

As we walk into the sun-drenched cafe we found our reserved table overlooking the stunning blue shades of the haven. The weather certainly turn it on for us, as during the week we were blessed with non-stop rain! I have eaten at the Cove and its fine dining upstairs partner The Reef many times and each time that view just gets more and more breathtaking!

The Cove high tea offers 3 packages (all coming with unlimited tea and coffee), The Traditional which comes just with the teas,  The Champagne and then The Cocktail. We opted for the Cocktail High Tea which came with a delectable Espresso Martini, because who doesn’t love sneaky bevvies at 12.00pm, especially when the sun is shining!

The list of teas is incredible, there are over 20 blends to choose from. First up I went with the most ‘crazy’ I could find; the  ‘Mexican Mango Chilli’. A black tea with cactus blossoms, amaranth, mango, pomegranate blossoms and chilli. It’s still quite subtle, I would have loved more of kick from the chilli but delicious nonetheless.

Starting with the bottom and biggest tier, we had a range of savoury canapes that both looked and smelled incredible. First up with the mini corn and bacon frittata that was light and tasty, then the lamb and feta crostini. There were two choices of sandwiches: a prosciutto, bocconcini and basil and then a smoked salmon and dill cream fraiche! I think the highlight though for the savoury goods was the mini chicken pie!

Onto the middle tier and the first lot of sweets, I opted for the scone with chantilly cream and jam to ease myself into the desserts 🙂 Half way through we all ordered another pot of tea, I settled on the ‘Cool Fruit Blush’, a green tea with apple pieces, hibiscus blossom, lemongrass, rosehip, peppermint and melon pieces mmmm dreamy. It was the perfect choice to cleanse the palate. The others tried the two chais. The chais were the perfect companion for the chocolate mini muffins!

The last tier we were struggling to great through. Luckily though the lovely staff are happy to package them up for dessert later on 🙂




High Tea is available Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Call below to make a booking.

ADDRESS: The Haven, Terrigal NSW
PHONE: 02 43845083
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEB: covecafe.com.au
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/CoveCafe


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  • Kelly Dunning

    That looks absolutely delightful! I think the salted caramel macarons would be my favourite. So elegant and dreamy.

  • Epic waterfront table you had reserved for yourself. I will take a few bacon & corn frittatas. Nom!

  • Melody Pittman

    This is a dream for afternoon tea lovers like myself. Espresso martini- say what? 😉 The canapés sound wonderful while my heart would do flip-flops over the lamb crostini and the corn & bacon frittata! Yum!

  • Debra Schroeder

    You had me at chocolate mini muffins. High Tea at the Cofe Cafe sounds lovely.

  • Lara Dunning

    Cocktail high tea! Love the idea! I’ve not seen that before. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve gone to a high tea. Love the sound of the Mexican Mango Chilli tea, and the view!

  • That’s my favourite kind of meal! And I’d like to see high tea named as the next main meal right up there with breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner!!