Afternoon Tea In Melbourne
WINTER AFTERNOON TEA MENU
Served since 1883, The Windsor's Afternoon Tea is an institution, given a thoroughly modern twist by Executive Chef Tom Brockbank (savoury) and Head Pastry Chef, Jérémie Parmentier (desserts).
French sparkling wine is poured on arrival, with petite savoury pastries, elegant ribbon sandwiches and a trio of exquisite seasonal patisserie served on a three tiered stand. Following this are our signature vanilla & sultana scones, accompanied by housemade strawberry jam, double cream and your choice of one of our 11 specialty teas or coffee.
On weekends, we offer a dessert buffet, with an array of French pastries, cakes, a milk and dark chocolate fountain, and crepes.
WINTER AFTERNOON TEA MENU
Macaron biscuit, roasted pistachio, Sicilian pistachio ganache
VANILLA & YUZU RELIGIEUSE
Vanilla bean mousse, yuzu sauce & crémeux, mirliton (almond) sponge
Milk chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline & crispy
Looking for the perfect cake to crown off a special ocassion? We are proud to unveil The Windsor's celebration cakes which can be ordered to accompany an Afternoon Tea or taken away to enjoy.
From a light and airy honey cheesecake, to a delightfully refreshing strawberry sponge, a decadent chocolate cake or an impressive croquembouche, our cakes are the right finishing touch!
You'll also find classic favourites including the Black Forest, Sachertorte and Millefeuille.
All cakes must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Take away cakes come in a beautiful white Windsor gift box with gold foil.
For orders, please contact Reservations on 03 9633 6002 or email@example.com.
Monday - Tuesday: 11.30am-2pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 11.30am-4.30pm
Please note that all bookings are for a duration of 2 hours.
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.
$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:
Includes an indulgent dessert buffet with chocolate fountain and crepes
$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. A $10 surcharge also applies on public holidays.
Prices, times and menus are subject to change and may differ for special events.
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
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
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Gift the wonderful experience of traditional Afternoon Tea at a Melbourne institution with our gift certificates.
Afternoon Tea is served daily in our signature tearoom One Eleven Spring Street.
On selected weekends, additional seatings in The Grand Ballroom may be available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you cater for dietary requirements?
We can cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free*, nut free*, pescatarian and lactose free options. *Please note that as our Afternoon Tea items are all made from scratch in-house, there may be traces of gluten and nuts present.
For enquiries around any other dietary requirements, please contact our Reservations team on 03 9633 6004 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do you have a dresscode?
We recommend dressing in your Sunday best. Smart-casual attire is preferred.
Q: Do you acknowledge special occassions?
We certainly do and we love helping to make your celebration at Afternoon Tea a memorable one. Our team will usually prepare a delicious surprise for you on the day.
Q: Are decorations permitted?
You are most welcome to bring birthday, bridal shower or other decorations for the table if it is a special occasion. Please do notify our staff beforehand. Please also note that for safety access reasons, decorations cannot be placed on the floor around the table. We recommend that the choice of decoration be restricted to the tabletop or tied to the chair.
Q: Can I bring my own cake?
Yes you may. There is a $5 fee per person. Alternatively, you may also order a whole cake, at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact our Reservations team on 03 9633 6004 or via email at email@example.com for more information.
Q: Are children permitted?
Yes they are. Children's Afternoon Tea prices are listed under "Prices"
Q: Is there parking at the hotel?
As a heritage hotel, we do not have on-site parking available. We are, however, able to offer all-day valet parking for the price of $65. We are also in close proximity to Wilson Parking on 34-60 Little Collins Street.
Q: How do I get to the hotel by public transport?
We are conveniently located outside Parliament Train Station (Bourke Street exit) and accessible by trams:
City Circle tram on Spring Street (stop #0)
Trams 86 and 96 on Bourke Street (stop #9)
Trams 11, 12, 48 and 109 on Collins Street (stop #8)
Q: Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes we do have a ramp access where required. Please speak to our doorman on arrival and they will be more than happy to assist.
Q: What are the payment options?
We accept cash and credit cards and offer a split bill option (for up to 4 guests).
Please note that Visa & Mastercard payments attract a 1% surcharge, American Express cards attract a 2.48% surcharge, and Diners and JCB cards attract a 3.35% surcharge.