Spring Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory at Crown Melbourne

Spring High Tea at The Conservatory Crown Melbourne
Spring High Tea at The Conservatory Crown Melbourne

Not putting a foot wrong, The Conservatory at Crown Melbourne presents a superb High Tea, with a gorgeous array of treats, stunning setting and magnificent view.

The Conservatory at Crown Melbourne has become an institution for High Tea in Melbourne and no surprise that the new creations for Spring do not disappoint.

To begin with the setting is simply beautiful, with the large windows boasting a panoramic view of the Yarra and Melbourne skyline, the space is light filled and airy. The plush arm chairs are the perfect perch during the experience and the white leathers helps to create an airy feel.

Once seated we were treated to the tea stand which contained our savouries. The top tier featured both traditional and sultana scones with the traditional jam and cream, a unique additional was a passionfruit coolie, which beautifully accompanied the traditional scones. The middle tier featured a high tea staple, finger sandwiches, which looked just as good as they tasted.

There was an egg, salmon and cucumber and of course chicken. All delicious in their own right, but my personal favourite was the chicken. The bread though was the real highlight, a proper sandwich always is made with fresh bread and it always makes such a difference.

The bottom tier featured the pastries. There were two pies, a lamb and parsley and a turkey and cranberry, a sausage roll with relish, and a cauliflower filled triangle. The pies were absolutely delicious, this was not the kind of pie you’d find at a match of footy. The pastry was beautifully crisp and crumbled in your mouth, while the filling was smooth and full of flavour. While I’d never normally expect a pie as such at a High Tea, but these showed me when done right it should be.

The dessert buffet makes the Conservatory so unique. Not only did it feature beautifully craft cakes and high tea delights, but fine cheeses, fruit, gelato and even more savouries. The vivid colours of the different desserts were a visual treat.

The spiced guava and strawberry tart was the highlight of the tea, it was such a unique flavour. It was beautifully sweet in a natural way and was completed with a slight tang and tarty finish.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the summery raspberry mojito tart, which had a light filling complimented by a crisp thin pastry.

The buffet had so many options it was just impossible to try everything, but the ability to go and pick is so unique and really allows you to cater the High Tea to your specific tastes.

The tea itself was an ordinary selection including English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea and Peppermint. I opted for an English Breakfast to soothe the stomach while enjoying an afternoon of deliciousness.

We also enjoyed Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage during the experience with free-flowing throughout our session.

Simple white crockery adorned the table, which didn’t take away from the view or the beautiful setting. It was all very pleasant to look at.

The Spring Floral High Tea features seasonal flavours with this specially curated menu by world renowned dessert designer Marike van Beurden. Marike worked in collaboration with Chef de cuisine Pastry Anthony Teva Dagorn.

All in all High Tea at The Conservatory Crown Melbourne is such an elegant and opulent experience. It is such a lovely way to spend the afternoon and enjoy some of Melbourne’s finest pastry creations.

With a new menu for each season there is always an excuse to go and have high tea, whether it be to celebrate an occasion or an overdue catch up with the girls, The Conservatory at Crown will not disappoint.

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The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne:

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006

When:

Infused High Tea at Conservatory
Available until Sunday 29th September 2019
Booking Essential
Saturday 3-5pm
Sunday 3.30pm-5.30pm

Cost:

$75 per person for Afternoon Tea and flowing tea and coffee
$95 per person for Afternoon Tea and a flute of Piper-Heidsieck
$120 per person for Afternoon Tea and flowing Piper – Heidsieck

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

Annelise Answerth

Annelise is a recent Journalism graduate from Swinburne University of Technology. She is currently freelancing in Melbourne to gain more experience and build her portfolio. She enjoys writing lifestyle journalism and is always looking for a story to tell. In her spare time she performs in local community theatre and recently had the honour of performing as part of a Broadway concert at Carnegie Hall.

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