Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory - supplied photo
In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory - supplied photo

High Tea Society was lucky enough to visit on the opening weekend of The Conservatory’s ‘In Full Bloom’ Afternoon Tea; a pretty, petal-filled extravaganza of spring themed menu items.

Set within the Crown Melbourne complex, with marble and mirrors stretching almost as far as the eye can see, The Conservatory offers a decadent weekend-only afternoon tea.

If you can, book a table near the windows, to enjoy the view across the Yarra River while sipping on Piper-Heidsieck Rose Champagne, or a more traditional pot of Staunton Earl Grey. Of course, if you’re not located along the windows, this does have the advantage of placing you closer to the indulgent buffet on offer, allowing for sneaky return trips to the crepe station, ice-cream stand or cheese corner.

In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory - supplied photo
In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory – supplied photo
In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory - supplied photo
In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Conservatory – supplied photo

 

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Everyone’s tastes are catered to at The Conservatory – the afternoon tea kicks off with the traditional tiered stand featuring finger sandwiches, a selection of savouries and plain and date scones. The classic egg sandwich was generously filled and a perfect mix of creaminess and saltiness. The other savouries, especially the mini mushroom and mini beef pies were very elegant yet big on flavour. The stand also includes the all-important scones with clotted cream and jam. There is one date and rose flavoured scone and one plain scone per person. Personally, I like my scones a little fluffier, and I definitely like more jam and cream than the dainty portions on offer. Happily, obtaining an extra serve of cream was not a problem for The Conservatory’s efficient staff.

Following the tiered stand served to your table, guests can head over to enjoy what The Conservatory is best known for – the buffet. A dozen or so mini gateaux jostle for your attention on one side of the buffet, while around the corner there is a more interactive chocolate fountain, crepe station and Movenpick ice-cream station. And for the (big) kids, there is even an eye-catching lolly bar.

It is difficult to pick a favourite among the beautifully presented gateaux, made by Chef de cuisine Pastry Anthony Teva Dagorn, but a standout was the lemon meringue tart, which had an almost wafer thin crust and a pretty chocolate bee on top to complement the floral theme.

Anthony Teva Dagorn, Chef de cuisine Pastry
Anthony Teva Dagorn, Chef de cuisine Pastry

The Conservatory’s Afternoon Tea Menu

The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne
The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne

On the stand:

  • Rose and date scones
  • Plain scones
  • Jam and clotted cream
  • A selection of finger sandwiches
  • Mini mushroom pies
  • Mini beef pies
  • Cheese and spinach mini rolls

A large selection of gateaux from the buffet including:

  • Pistachio and Earl Grey chocolate friands
  • Jasmine tea crème brulee tarts
  • Raspberry and hibiscus profiteroles
  • Spring flower cupcakes
  • Lemon meringue tarts
  • Orange blossom madeleines
  • Rose mille feuille tartlets
  • A selection of cheeses
  • Crepe station
  • Ice-cream station
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Lolly bar station

To drink:

  • Piper-Heidsieck Rose Champagne
  • A selection of tea and coffee, including black, green, herbal and white teas

 

Bookings are essential, through the Crown Melbourne website. In Full Bloom runs until Sunday 30 December 2018.

This is one of Melbourne’s most expensive afternoon teas, but it is definitely a five-star experience, with a very generous buffet in addition to the traditional tiered stand of high tea classics. This bright, glamorous venue has wide appeal and would work for everything from a large group celebration to an intimate feast for two. Children are also welcome and well accommodated with a children’s afternoon tea for a reduced price of $37.50.

 

Orange Blossom Madeleine Recipe - supplied photo
Orange Blossom Madeleine Recipe – supplied photo

Orange Blossom Madeleine Recipe

An Orange Blossom Madeleine is a light and buttery pastry, which originates from France.

Anthony Teva Dagorn, Chef de cuisine Pastry at Crown Melbourne’s Conservatory has shared his recipe with High Tea Society.

 

 

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The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne:

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006

When:

Saturdays 3pm to 5pm and Sundays 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

In Full Bloom Afternoon Tea runs until Sunday 30 December 2018.

Cost:

$75 per adult for tea only
$95 per adult including a flute of Piper-Heidsieck
$120 per adult including free-flowing Piper-Heidsieck

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Hannah Foster

Hannah is a committed Melbournian, dessert hunter and freelance writer. She has written travel and lifestyle pieces for a number of international and Australian publications, and is currently working on her first novel for young adults. As well as writing, she’s worked at a number of charities in Australia and the UK and now consults on philanthropy. Hannah loves baking, reading novels, travel, fine dining, cats, chocolate, dancing and high tea (of course) and she hates scary movies, crusts on sandwiches, rollercoasters and cold weather. The scone is definitely the most important element of a high tea for Hannah, but service and atmosphere also rate highly.

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