Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor
The Hotel Windsor

If you like your afternoon tea with a dash of classic, understated elegance, The Hotel Windsor is a must-try.

The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea every day since 1883, and the experience and attention to detail shows.

It’s clear that afternoon tea remains a popular affair at this venue, with more than half of the dining room occupied by fellow afternoon tea goers on this particular Monday afternoon.

Served in a beautifully appointed dining room filled with natural light, chandeliers, artwork and plush seating, my companion and I are immediately offered a glass of French sparkling wine and given a menu with 13 different teas to choose from, including their own Hotel Windsor blend.

Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor

I opt for the sultry chai and my companion tries out the orange pekoe, which are served in individual silver teapots with a pot of accompanying hot water.

We are among the first to try out The Hotel Windsor’s new menu, which includes an overhaul of their pastries, subtle changes to the ribbon sandwiches, and the inclusion of lemon curd as a scone accompaniment.

Served on silver three-tiered stands and complimented by Noritake home wares, the smoked salmon ribbon sandwich served on white bread was deliciously fresh, while the honey and dark ale mustard was a delightful new addition to the traditional ham sandwich.

Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor

Both the traditional and sultana scones were light and fluffy, but it was the new pastries that were the stand-out.

With each bite better than the last, these three desserts were meticulously presented and equally delicious.

The Saint Honoré, which featured custard cream with kirsch, coconut icing, vanilla cream Chantilly and cherry compote was a great way to begin, while the raspberry yoghurt delice had a lovely tangy taste and featured a white chocolate ball filled with raspberry syrup jelly.

The Hotel Windsor
The Hotel Windsor

The Orange Sachertorte was a sinfully indulgent dessert, with wonderful chocolate and orange overtones.

The Hotel Windsor Director of Food and Beverages Nigel Maxley told The High Tea Society that the afternoon tea menu changes seasonally, but always maintains the tradition of afternoon tea with its ribbon sandwich fillings and, of course, the scones.

Mr Maxley said the biggest change to the menu was going from five bite-sized pastries to three more generously portioned desserts.

With new desserts like these, the Hotel Windsor remains the place for afternoon tea.

Hotel Windsor AfternoonTea Menu

Afternoon Tea Weekday Menu:

  • Ribbon Sandwiches
  • Chicken, apple, celery and watercress on wholemeal
  • Free range Ham, honey and dark ale mustard on wholemeal
  • Cucumber, Avocado and tarragon cream cheese on white
  • Egg mayonnaise, caper and pea shoots on white
  • Smoked salmon, dill, caraway and malt cream cheese on white
  • Traditional and Sultana Scones served with double cream, lemon curd and Windsor jam
  • Orange Sachertorte
  • Raspberry Yogurt Delice
  • Saint Honoré
  • Includes tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of French sparkling wine
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor

Afternoon Tea Weekend Menu:

  • Traditional and Sultana Scones Baked Daily served with double cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam
  • A selection of savoury items:
  • Ribbon Sandwiches
  • Chicken, apple, celery and watercress on wholemeal
  • Free range Ham, honey and dark ale mustard on wholemeal
  • Cucumber, Avocado and tarragon cream cheese on white
  • Egg mayonnaise, caper and pea shoot on white
  • Smoked salmon, dill, caraway and malt cream cheese on white
  • Dessert Buffet with chocolate fountain

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne:

111 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

When:

The Hotel Windsor serves afternoon tea twice a day, seven days a week at 12pm and 2.30pm

Cost:

$89 per person, children aged 3-6 years $30, aged 7-12 years $50 for the weekend menu

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

Charlene Macaulay

Charlene Macaulay has been a High Tea Society contributor since 2013 and loves that she gets to pair her passion for food and writing when doing reviews. When she’s not sampling ribbon sandwiches and scones, she writes hard news and features for the Wyndham Star Weekly newspaper. She’s also a lover of high heels, travelling and Grey’s Anatomy.

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