Afternoon Tea In Melbourne
MOTHER'S DAY 2019 - 11 & 12 MAY
Enjoy the splendour of Afternoon Tea with free flowing French sparkling wine and a sumptuous dessert buffet spread.
Created by new Head Pastry Chef, Jeremie Parmentier (ex-Fauchon, Paris), enjoy delicate French patisserie, beautiful cakes, our ever-popular milk and dark chocolate fountain, crepes and a cheese platter.
Served alongside our three tiered stand with signature scones, ribbon sandwiches, savoury pastries & 11 specialty teas.
With a garden floral display and a take home gift for mum, we invite you to join us in celebrating Mother's Day.
Book now to not miss out!
SATURDAY 11 MAY
Our weekend Afternoon Tea stand with a dessert buffet & free flowing French sparkling wine.
One Eleven: 11.30am or 2.00pm (for a 2-hour reservation)
Children: $70 (7-12 years) and $50 (3-6 years)
SUNDAY 12 MAY
Our weekend Afternoon Tea stand with a dessert buffet & free flowing French sparkling wine. Please select your choice of venue from One Eleven tea lounge or the Grand Ballroom.
One Eleven: 10am, 12:45pm or 3.30pm (for a 2-hour reservation)
Children: $85 (7-12 years), $65 (3-6 years)
Grand Ballroom: 10.30am, 1.15pm or 4pm (for a 2-hour reservation)
Price: $160 for adults, $85 (7-12 year olds), $65 (3-6 year olds)
Reservations are currently accepted via phone or email only. Please contact our Reservations team to enquire.
An Afternoon Tea and stay package, exclusively for Mother's Day, is also available. The package includes overnight accommodation at a special rate in a room or suite, valet parking, and a 1pm leisurely late checkout. Please enquire with our Reservations team when making your Afternoon Tea booking.
AUTUMN AFTERNOON TEA
from Monday 4 March
with desserts by Head Pastry Chef Jérémie Parmentier
PETITE SAVOURY PASTRIES
- Cornish Pasty with organic vegetables
- Confit onion tart, orange reduction, marinated goats cheese
- 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
- Roast chicken with celery & chopped walnuts
- Egg with mayonnaise, horseradish and Dijon mustard
- Salmon, mayonnaise, dill & gherkins in a milk bun
TRADITIONAL & SULTANA SCONES
- Baked fresh daily and served with Windsor jam and thick double cream
Monday - Tuesday: 11.30am-2pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 11.30am-2pm & 2pm-4.30pm
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 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
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
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
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 1.2% surcharge, American Express cards attract a 2.48% surcharge, and Diners and JCB cards attract a 3.35% surcharge.