Afternoon Tea In Melbourne

Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience, steeped in tradition. Our hotel has proudly served over two million guests since 1883.

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MENU

Winter Afternoon Tea - The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

Weekday Afternoon Tea Menu

~ Savoury Pastries ~

Butternut pumpkin and roasted red pepper quiche

Lamb and rosemary pie

~ Sweet Selections ~

~ Ribbon Sandwiches ~

Egg mayonnaise with capers and curry butter

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and snow pea shoots

Cucumber and ricotta cheese with herbs

Chicken with celery and walnuts

 

~ The Hotel Windsor's Famous Scones ~

Traditional & Sultana Scones Baked fresh daily and served with double thick cream and Windsor jam

Afternoon Tea includes a glass of sparkling wine, tea or coffee per person.

Weekend Afternoon Tea Dessert Buffet - The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

Weekend Afternoon Tea Menu

~ The Hotel Windsor's Famous Scones ~

Traditional & Sultana Scones Baked fresh daily and served with double thick cream and Windsor jam

~ Savoury Pastries ~

Butternut pumpkin and roasted red pepper quiche

Lamb and rosemary pie

 

~ Ribbon Sandwiches ~

Egg mayonnaise with capers and curry butter

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and snow pea shoots

Cucumber and ricotta cheese with herbs

Chicken with celery and walnuts

~ Dessert Buffet ~

Enjoy a selection of gateaux and pastries inspired by our 134 year heritage. The dessert buffet features a range of classic and modern desserts, including our seasonal specials:

Afternoon Tea includes a glass of sparkling wine, tea or coffee per person.

School Holiday Afternoon Tea

School Holiday Afternoon Tea

Kid's Special Prices at Afternoon Tea

The Windsor is inviting all school children for a well-deserved treat this holidays!

Kids will receive a special stand decked with ribbon sandwiches, cakes and scones, and above all, get to feast from the towering chocolate fountain.

Available on weekdays from 2nd to 13th July, at a special school holiday price for kids*:

Children aged 3-6 years: $19.50 per child

Children aged 7-12 years: $29.50 per child

Adults: $75 per person

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*Limited to 2 children per adult at the above price.

Regular prices:

Children aged 3-6 years: $25 per child

Children aged 7-12 years: $40 per child

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

Times will vary for Mother's Day Afternoon Tea and Christmas Lunch. Please keep your eye on this space or subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates.

PRICES

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 are eligible for a 15% discount off adult prices on weekdays*

A public holiday surcharge of $10 per person will apply for adults.

Saturdays and Sundays:
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

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*Seniors Weekday Discount
Please advise at the time of booking and bring along your Seniors Card on the day. Discount is only valid for the senior diner and not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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. 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.

Windsor Tea For Home

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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Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Celebrating 130 Years & Beyond Of Afternoon Tea

Click here to view The Hotel Windsor's guide to Afternoon Tea etiquette and a walk-through the history of this British pasttime. Includes tips on “tier panic”, how to hold a tea cup and where to place a napkin on the table.

Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended.

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Reservations are also accepted via telephone +61 3  9633 6004 or email reservations@thw.com.au

Gift Vouchers

Christmas Presents Gift Voucher Gift Certificate

Give the gift of traditional luxury with an Afternoon Tea gift certificate. Loved ones can look forward to freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily at Australia's most cherished hotel. 

Visit our new online giftstore to organise a gift certificate today!

Additional Information

Dresscode
Neat-casual

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 
Please advise us at the time of reservation if you have any dietary requirements or if you are pregnant.

Important Health & Safety Information

Venues

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

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