What started in the 17th century as a mid-afternoon supplement between lunch and dinner is now a social event befitting royalty: the High Tea. Here are a few places that will almost certainly make for a memorable occasion.
Afternoon tea at The Sheraton
Take your high tea experience to the next level with a hint of Parisian flair at The Sheraton Hotel. Their Little Collins St Kitchen is presenting fresh scones, gruyere quiche and finger sandwiches with salmon and crème fraiche.
High Tea at Royal St Collins
Who said tea was just for the afternoon? In addition to their regular high tea, Royal St Collins invites you to take in their delicious treats at a breakfast high tea. Fruit salad, pastries with jam and divine drops from Harney & Sons tea makes for an excellent morning. Or take the traditional route with point sandwiches, a mini dessert platter and rose water scones.
In Full Bloom afternoon tea at the Conservatory
Conservatory is celebrating spring with their new afternoon tea offering, In Full Bloom. Indulge in high tea stands and dessert buffets with hand-crafted spring desserts including strawberry and rose Mille feuille tartlets, raspberry and hibiscus profiteroles. There’s also spring flower cup cakes and pistachio and earl grey chocolate friands.
High Tea live at Arts Centre Melbourne
What would be a better pairing for food, if not music? Arts Centre Melbourne is spoiling Melburnians with swing, rock, cabaret and opera style tunes while they enjoy sweet treats and of course, tea. Each High Tea Live session will feature different act, from the likes of didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton to jazz singer Hetty Kate. On the Sunday 4 November and Sunday 2 December.
Afternoon Tea at Hotel Windsor
Travel back in time to 1883 when the grand Hotel Windsor was built, and experience a traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings. Served to your table on a three-tiered silver stand, the spread includes freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches. No crusts, of course.
High Tea at Hopetoun Tea Rooms
The Hopetoun Tea Rooms in Melbourne’s historic Block Arcade was set up as a tea room for the Victorian Ladies Work Association. Today, it is easily one of Melbourne’s most visited eateries (there’s a queue to get in on most days). High tea at the Hopetoun is a reservation-only event. Your tiered stand comes to you laden with a range of savouries and sweets. Of course, high tea at the Hopetoun is served with freshly baked scones with double cream and jam.
High Tea at Om Nom
High tea at Om Nom is not a traditional affair. Of course, you’d expect as much from a restaurant in the world’s first dessert themed hotel – the Adelphi. Chef Jo Ward’s high tea menu includes cheese tartlets with parmesan panna cotta, glazed lime cheesecake, babyccinos for the little kids and hubba bubba martinis for the big ones. Om Nom serves high tea every weekend – with reservations a must for both days.
More high tea and afternoon teas to try:
High tea at Melbourne Zoo: On one Sunday each month, enjoy a relaxing high tea experience after a walk in the zoo. The Melbourne zoo will pamper you with wonderful sweets and tea in their Rainforest Room.
Afternoon tea at Langham Melbourne: Enjoy an exquisite selection of tea time delights served on the finest Wedgwood china, weekdays at the luxurious Langham Melbourne’s Melba Restaurant. A rotating range of themed high teas are also on offer, as well as childrens’ high teas themed around popular favourites such as The Smurfs, Despicable Me 3 and Barbie.
High Tea at NGV International : Whipped lemon ricotta with smashed peas, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and salted dark chocolate brownies. These are just some of the delectable sweets you have to try at NGV International’s Tea Room.
Cinema Nova: If you like movies and food, you’ll love going to Cinema Nova’s Deluxe High Tea. Be greeted by sparkling, Pimm’s or iced tea before indulging in cakes, sandwiches and finger food. At $45 per person, your high tea experience includes an admission ticket.
The Sofitel: Enter into Sofi’s Lounge for an indulgent and traditional high tea experience. On during the week and on weekends, so there’s no reason not to make time for tea.