Afternoon Tea In Melbourne
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 the elegant One Eleven lounge, Afternoon Tea is served on traditional 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 the house 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 Executive Chef Jérémie Parmentier.
The Windsor's Christmas Afternoon Tea
We’re delighted to unveil our Christmas Afternoon Tea, this year featuring whimsical patisserie by Head Pastry Chef Jérémie Parmentier.
Running from 1 – 31 December, it is an occasion not to be missed!
We are delighted to host the Melbourne City Ballet for a suite of short performances from The Nutcracker on Tuesday 18th December.
10 performers from the company will perform two dances from the ballet in the Grand Ballroom at 11.30am. We encourage everyone to arrive 5-10 minutes prior.
This event is free to the public. We hope you join us for our Christmas Afternoon Tea after the performance!
Monday-Tuesday: 12 noon - 2pm
Wednesday-Friday: 12 noon - 2pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12 noon - 2pm & 3pm - 5pm
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 are eligible for a 15% discount off adult prices on weekdays*
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
*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 may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Prices, times and menus are subject to change and may differ for special events. A $10 per person surcharge also applies on public holidays.
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.
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
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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.
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Please advise us at the time of reservation if you have any dietary requirements or if you are pregnant.