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 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.
SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA
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
Raspberry & Tonka Entremet
Fig & Walnut Tart
Apricot & Rosemary Macaron
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
CHINESE NEW YEAR [5 - 19 FEBRUARY]
From 5th to 19th February, enjoy an oriental twist to our Afternoon Teas to welcome the Lunar Year of the Pig. This menu draws inspiration from the hotel's early days during the gold rush, and features a modern spin on traditional Chinese favourites.
Head Chef of the award-winning Sunda Restuarant, Khanh Nguyen, brings contemporary South East Asian flavours to the menu, with a special dessert "Koi" created by Head Pastry Chef, Jérémie Parmentier for the occasion.
PETITE SAVOURY PASTRIES
Mushroom XO rice ball, soy milk custard
Prawn toast, sweet & sour sauce
“Koi” - Pineapple compote, strawberry confit, matcha sponge, vanilla ganache
Chocolate & Orange Tart
Apricot & Rosemary Macaron
Salmon, pickled ginger, cream cheese & chive sandwich
Five spice pork, hoisin mustard mayo & pork crackling sandwich
Egg, egg yolk jam, soy paste & coriander sandwich
Our Summer Afternoon Tea menu will continue to be offered during this time.
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, 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
*Seniors Weekday Discount - 15%
Please advise at the time of booking and present your Senior's Card on the day.
The discount is only valid for patrons with Senior's Card and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not applicable for weekends or 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.
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.