Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne

Photographer: Michelle Milton
Westin Melbourne
Westin Melbourne

The Westin Melbourne’s new winter offering has a wow factor, a beautifully presented menu that tastes just as fabulous as it looks.

Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne
Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne

Being a high tea reviewer has its privileges, one of those being among the first to try out a new high tea menu.

It’s a privilege this High Tea Society reviewer never gets sick of, especially when trying out a new menu like that being offered at the Westin Melbourne.

The Westin Melbourne’s new winter offering has a wow factor, a beautifully presented menu that tastes just as fabulous as it looks.

The Westin serves high tea in its Lobby Lounge, which is directly to the right of the main entrance of the hotel.

The small, intimate space has a mixture of soft and natural lighting and is decorated with leather and felt backed chairs, plush lounges and glass topped tables.

Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne
Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne
Scones with jam and cream
Scones with jam and cream

We are offered a glass of Moet and Chandon champagne on arrival and are seated at a round table facing large windows overlooking Swanston Street’s Melbourne Town Square.

We also have the choice to order Vittoria coffee or a selection of 13 Jing tea or herbal infusions.

The high tea is served on the Westin’s trademark three-tier cake stand, with scones on top, savouries in the middle and four generously-portioned desserts on the bottom.

We start off with the savouries, which include the incredibly fresh egg and spring onion pinwheel sandwiches, followed by the open smoked salmon and roast beef sandwiches.

Savoury selection from the Winter High Tea
Savoury selection from the Winter High Tea
Savoury selection from the Winter High Tea
Savoury selection from the Winter High Tea
Winter High Tea
Winter High Tea

Quite a few of the items on the menu, including the roast beef sandwiches, are topped with edible flowers, making this one of the prettiest high tea menus The High Tea Society has seen in some time.

The desserts are similarly impressive, with the pistachio, lime and green tea delice a standout.

By the time we reach the scones, we’re already quite full and only manage a taste of each one – equally as delicious.

The Westin Melbourne’s winter menu is a must-try for any high tea goer.

Scones with jam and cream
Scones with jam and cream
Sweet selection from the Winter High Tea
Sweet selection from the Winter High Tea
Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne
Winter High Tea at the Westin Melbourne

Westin Melbourne Winter High Tea Menu

  • Traditional vanilla scone
  • Orange and date scone
  • Served with fresh cream and berry conserve
  • Chicken and bacon pithivier
  • Roast beef, spinach and horseradish cream finger sandwich
  • Egg and spring onion pinwheel with mayonnaise
  • Parmesan sable with Maffra cloth cheddar
  • Smoked salmon, whipped nut brown butter and crème fraiche sandwich
  • Black forest cheesecake
  • Lemon tart with apricot and pineapple
  • Pistachio, lime and green tea delice
  • Ginger, white chocolate mousse with honey roasted rhubarb and white chocolate, served with macadamia snow
  • Served with Vittoria coffee, hot chocolate, Jing tea or herbal infusions
  • Sparkling wine and champagne available for an extra fee (see prices below)

 

The Westin Melbourne is featured in our Best High Tea in Melbourne list.

The Westin Melbourne:

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205 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

When:

Available daily, bookings essential

Cost:

$49 per person; $59 including a glass of Chandon NV Brut; $69 including free-flowing Brown Brothers Prosecco for a two-hour duration; or $74 including a glass of Moet and Chandon Champagne; $30 children (3 - 12 years)

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

About
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.