The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.
Our luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon teas on silver three tiered stands where freshly baked scones are served with jam and cream and exquisite pastries sit above delicate finger sandwiches. A glass of Louis Perdrier French sparkling is served on arrival and an extensive selection of speciality teas and coffees are brought to your table throughout the afternoon.
On weekends, guests enjoy an indulgent dessert buffet and chocolate fountain.
Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost, please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Our Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in our signature Melbourne hotel restaurant, 111 Spring Street every day of the week.
Please refer to the history below to understand the differences between High Tea in Melbourne and traditional afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea Sitting Times & Prices
Monday-Friday: various sitting times | $69 per person
Saturday-Sunday: various sitting times | $89 per person (includes an indulgent dessert buffet)
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Reservations are essential.
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Éclairs Front and Centre on Windsor’s Afternoon Tea Plates
Delicate and delicious éclairs are now on the Windsor hotel’s fine china afternoon tea plates.
The hotel’s eight strong team of pastry chefs are leading the latest sweet-treat trend currently sweeping Paris and London and now taking off in Melbourne.
From September 9 miniature éclairs will feature on the Windsor’s midweek traditional three-tiered afternoon tea stand. From September 7 the weekend buffet table will feature platters of the crisp, feather-light choux pastries, covered and filled with creams and ganaches, limited only by the imagination of executive pastry chef Gette Eliso.
The current midweek selection offers a lamington éclair with fresh coconut purée and raspberries and a caramel éclair with salted caramel ganache and caramelised hazelnut topping. On weekends guests will be treated to a lemon éclair with Italian meringue, a hazelnut praline cream éclair, the caramel éclair and, of course, the very classic Parisian chocolate éclair with Belgium chocolate cream and ganache. Ingredients such as the chocolates, nuts, creams and fruits are sourced from the best local and overseas producers the hotel can find.
All up, the hotel’s pastry kitchen is now literally churning out over 1000 hand piped éclairs a week, with no two pastries presenting exactly the same – a challenge relished by the executive pastry chef.
1883 inspired Afternoon Tea pastries
Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel is offering a new pastry selection as part of its famous afternoon tea.The 1883 Pastry Selection has been developed by the hotel’s team of pastry chefs as part of the Windsor’s 130th anniversary celebrations. The selection is based on classic recipes, some dating back more than 150 years.
Windsor Tea for home
The Hotel Windsor offers and exclusive range of tea blends, perfect for a gift or to enjoy at home.
Morning tea blend:
Packed exclusively for the Hotel Windsor and regarded as the “Burgundy of Tea”, this robust and smooth bodies black tea is characterised by a pronounced rich and malty aroma and earthy sweetness. Ideally suited to mornings.
Afternoon Tea blend:
Packed exclusively for the Hotel Windsor, this full bodies black tea is characterised by a hint of floral sweetness & a smooth finish. This tea helped make the Hotel Windsor the most famous and awarded Afternoon Tea venue in Australia. Ideally suited for the afternoon.
Pure Peppermint Tea:
Packed exclusively for the Hotel Windsor, this delightfully refreshing tea captures the taste and aroma of pure peppermint due to its medicinal properties. It is often used as a digestive aid and is excellent for relieving fatigue.
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Recent Reviews of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel windsor
The Holiday and Travel Magazine
Melbourne On My Mind
Funky Tea Time:
“the finest afternoon tea in the world ?” 5/5
My wife and I travel a lot and where ever we go we visit hotels cafes etc., to have afternoon tea.
My wife was Japanese (now British) and when she came to The UK she brought her book of 'places to have afternoon tea in' a wonderful book in Japanese by some keen writer who steemed to have spent a lifetime visiting afternoon tea establishments, sampling their wares and taking photos. It was a great help and despite following in some of his footsteps, we didn't gain weight.
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Monday 24th June 2013
High tea Lover:
History of Afternoon Tea
The origins of Afternoon Tea, as we know it today, reveal a fascinating mixture of historical and cultural influences. The practice of having afternoon tea is now far more diverse and prevalent than in the past, when it was reserved purely for royalty and the aristocracy. Afternoon Tea is now enjoyed everyday around the world by millions, yet a setting as appropriate as Melbourne’s famous Hotel Windsor would be hard to find.
The simple ‘cuppa’ has a far-from-simple history. Tea gained popularity with nobility in Britain after the tea trade took off in the 1670s with the advent of the British East India Company. A century later tea arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, and having ‘Tea’ in the new colony represented a time for social interaction and friendship rather than the more class-focussed rituals of the UK.
Afternoon Tea itself came about around the time that gas lighting was introduced in the 1800s in Britain. This meant people were able to stay up later into the night, and therefore sought to eat their evening meal later too. This shift left a large, foodless gap in the day.
Legend has it that in 1840 Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford (one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting), began to request tea and a small meal of bread and butter, cakes and biscuits in the afternoon to tide her over until dinner. Her innovative (and somewhat indulgent) habit became a highly social occasion, with friends coming to share the hot beverages, delicate snacks and convivial conversation. By 1880, the trend took off and afternoon tea spread to the homes of the upper classes with teashops later springing up across the country.
The name ‘High Tea’ actually refers to a similar practice adopted by the working classes midway through the Industrial Revolution. It involved a heavier meal served with tea at 5.00 pm, upon returning home from work. As it was served at high tables it became known as “high tea”, whereas the more sophisticated afternoon tea was technically named ‘low tea’ in reference to the low drawing room tables that the upper classes would sit around to carry out the ritual.