Afternoon Tea In Melbourne

Autumn Afternoon Tea, The Hotel Windsor

AUTUMN AFTERNOON TEA
from Monday 4 March

 

 by Executive Chef Jerome Tremoulet and Head Pastry Chef Jérémie Parmentier

PETITE SAVOURY PASTRIES

  • Chausson [Turnover] - ham, cheese, Dijon mustard, béchamel
  • Confit onion tart, orange reduction, marinated goats cheese


SEASONAL PATISSERIE

  • Apple tarte tatin - Apple tatin, walnut sablé, vanilla mousse
  • Strawberry & basil sphere - Basil mousse, strawberry confit, almond sponge
  • Buckwheat & dark chocolate tart - Buckwheat & 65% dark chocolate cremeux, buckwheat sablé, kalamansi gelée


RIBBON SANDWICHES

  • Roast chicken with celery & chopped walnuts
  • Egg with mayonnaise, horseradish and Dijon mustard
  • Smoked creamy baba ghanoush with roasted capsicum
  • Salmon, mayonnaise, dill & gherkins in a milk bun


TRADITIONAL & SULTANA SCONES

  • Baked fresh daily and served with Windsor jam and thick double cream

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FOR RESERVATIONS:

T: +61 3  9633 6004

E: reservations@thw.com.au 

 

SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA [UNTIL 3RD MARCH]

Executive Chef Jerome Tremoulet & Head Pastry Chef Jérémie Parmentier present their favourite produce of the season at our Summer Afternoon Tea.

PETITE SAVOURY PASTRIES

  • Chilled lychee, avocado & coconut soup
  • Parmesan sablé with Huon Valley salmon roe

SEASONAL PATISSERIE

  • Raspberry & Tonka Entremet
  • Fig & Walnut Tart
  • Apricot & Rosemary Macaron

RIBBON SANDWICHES

  • Roast chicken with celery & chopped walnuts
  • Tasmanian salmon with radishes in a squid ink bun
  • Egg with mayonnaise, horseradish & Dijon mustard
  • Cucumber & ricotta cheese with herbs

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FOR RESERVATIONS:

T: +61 3  9633 6004

E: reservations@thw.com.au

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SEATING TIMES

Monday-Tuesday: 12 noon - 2pm
Wednesday-Friday: 12 noon - 2pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12 noon - 2pm & 3pm - 5pm

Special Events

Afternoon Tea is served daily except on Christmas Day. Afternoon Tea times will vary during special events such as Mother's Day. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates.

PRICES

Mondays-Fridays: 

$75 per adult with a glass of French Sparkling Wine
$95 per adult with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne 
$40 per child aged 7-12 years
$25 per child aged 3-6 years

*Seniors Weekday Discount

$64 per senior with a glass of French Sparkling Wine.

Please advise when booking and present your Senior's Card on the day. The special price is only valid for patrons with Senior's Card and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays:

Includes an indulgent dessert buffet.  
$99 per adult with a glass of French Sparkling Wine
$119 per adult with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
$50 per child aged 7-12 years 
$30 per child aged 3-6 years

Please note a fee applies for all credit card payments.

Prices, times and menus are subject to change and may differ for special events. 

HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA

HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA

The origins of Afternoon Tea, as we know it today, reveal a fascinating mixture of historical and cultural influences. Once reserved purely for royalty and the aristocracy, Afternoon Tea is now enjoyed throughout the world, 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.

Windsor Tea For Home

WINDSOR TEA FOR HOME

The Hotel Windsor offers an exclusive range of tea blends created especially for the hotel. We are delighted to offer a special Windsor Blend to take home. Please visit our online gift shop to make a purchase.

About The Windsor's Afternoon Tea

A visit to Melbourne would not be complete without Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor - a quintessential Melbourne experience steeped in tradition and served since 1883.

Held in our elegant One Eleven lounge, Afternoon Tea is served on three-tiered silver stands with ribbon sandwiches, savoury pastries, French patisserie, and freshly baked scones with housemade Windsor jam and double cream. A selection of 11 teas including our Windsor blend is served in elegant silver teapots and Noritake crockery. Sparkling wine and French Champagne is also offered.

On the weekends, we are delighted to offer an Afternoon Tea menu and a delectable cake buffet. Experience Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor, created by Head Pastry Chef Jérémie Parmentier 

Afternoon Tea Etiquette

All you need to know about Afternoon Tea. We look at the history of this British pastime, the 'tier panic' syndrome, and how to hold a tea cup and where to place a napkin. DOWNLOAD 

Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended for Afternoon Tea.

Book Online Here, call us on +61 3  9633 6004 or email reservations@thw.com.au.

Gift Vouchers

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Gift the wonderful experience of traditional Afternoon Tea at a Melbourne institution with our gift certificates.

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Additional Information

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Getting Here
The closest train station is Parliament (Bourke Street exit)
Trams 11, 12, 48, 86, 96, 109 and the free City Circle tram stop close by.
Please find more details here

Dietary Information 
We also cater for most dietary requirements (Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-Free High Tea for Expecting Mums, etc.) Please discuss this with our Reservations Team when you are making a reservation. 

Important Health & Safety Information

Venues

Afternoon Tea is served daily in our signature tearoom One Eleven Spring Street

On selected weekends, additional seatings at 1pm in
The Grand Ballroom may be available