Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room - supplied photo
Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room - supplied photo

Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room is set in one of Melbourne’s most luxurious lobby bars and features a three-tiered silver stand, delicious finger sandwiches, the most beautiful pastries and Champagne served by poised staff.

Inspired by the elegance of the 1940s, The Waiting Room bestows not only a classic cocktail and wine list, but also an exquisite small plates menu, which has been tailored to tempt and delight any palate.

When the afternoon tea was launched at The Waiting Room back in 2013 it was managed by Neil Perry, but it has been managed by Crown Melbourne for the past five years.

You have a choice to sit out the front where you have are part of the hustle and bustle of the hotel foyer and a chance to have a front row seat to listen to the pianist playing on a black grand piano. The other option is to take a table inside The Waiting Room, where it is quieter and more intimate. I recommend you book an inside table.

The staff are well presented in black and white attire and were very attentive, refilling our cups throughout the service.

Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne
Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne

Served on a three-tiered silver stand, the afternoon tea service includes a delectable selection of assorted sandwiches, savouries and sweet treats, served with Dilmah Tea and Vittoria Coffee.

We started with the savoury selection, the Southern rock lobster thermidor with tarragon aioli was delicious there’s also a divine Lamb shank and pomegranate pie with fig relish Tea.

On the gluten free menu, the gluten free bread was soft and fresh and tasted as if it was normal bread.

The chicken and celery sandwich was the standout offering, I could have eaten a plate just of these sandwiches. The other sandwich flavours included smoked ocean trout, triple decker; poached prawn, kohlrabi remoulade, brioche and buffalo mozzarella, kumato, vinocotto muffin.

Once the savouries were finished, we were presented with fresh plates. This was a welcome surprise as it is always pleasant to start afresh between savoury and sweet.

The exquisite pastries sit on the bottom level, featuring a passionfruit and blueberry tart, cherry and chocolate cone, vanilla and apricot and pistachio mousse cake. The highlight was the strawberry and rhubarb layer cake, which was light and flavoursome and dissolved inside your mouth.

The scones were enjoyable and a highlight of the service, featuring both plain and chocolate date scones served with strawberry jam and cream.

This is a great gluten free afternoon tea, and understandably there are a few differences in the pastries with, raspberry vegan chocolate cake, vegan carrot cake and mango and pineapple roulade. The lychee and blueberry jelly was a palate cleanser which was light and refreshing.


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Chef De Cuisine Naveen from The Waiting Room talks us through the Afternoon Tea menu.

Afternoon Tea Menu:

Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne
Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne

Hot savouries

  • Southern rock lobster thermidor, tarragon aioli
  • Lamb shank and pomegranate pie, with fig relish Tea


  • Chicken and celery sandwich
  • Smoked ocean trout, triple decker
  • Poached prawn, kohlrabi remoulade, brioche
  • Buffalo Mozzarella, kumato, vinocotto, muffin


  • Passionfruit and blueberry tart
  • Cherry and chocolate cone
  • Vanilla, apricot and pistachio mousse cake
  • Strawberry and rhubarb layer cake

Freshly baked scones

  • Plain and chocolate date scones with strawberry jam & cream

Mignardises to finish

  • Selection of petit fours Afternoon Tea


Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menu:

The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne
The Waiting Room – supplied photo

Hot savouries

  • Moroccan wellington
  • Lamb shank pithivier, tomato relish

Tea sandwiches

  • Smoked trout, horse radish cream, avruga caviar
  • Buffalo mozzarella, fig relish, kumato, vino cotto
  • Poached prawn, kohlrabi remoulade
  • Chicken and celery sandwich


  • Raspberry vegan chocolate cake
  • Vegan carrot cake
  • Lychee and blueberry jelly
  • Mango and pineapple roulade

Freshly baked scones

  • Plain gluten free scones, strawberry jam and cream

Mignardises to finish

  • Selection of petit fours

The afternoon tea menu changes each season.

Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne is a sophisticated affair, in a stylish and classy location. Perfect for a special occasion it serves the sort of food and service you would expect from a five star hotel.

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The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne:

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Crown Towers Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006


Afternoon Tea at The Waiting Room is served daily from 12 - 5pm.


Served with flowing Taittinger ‘Prestige Cuvée’ NV – $120
Served with a glass of Taittinger ‘Prestige Cuvée’ NV – $90
Served with Dilmah Tea and Vittoria coffee – $70

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

Michelle Milton

Michelle Milton, Director and Founder of High Tea Society, is a digital marketing communications consultant and entrepreneur based in Melbourne. She splits her time between helping corporates manage their digital communications and publishing her website High Tea Society.

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