Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking your mum out for High Tea in Melbourne.
High Tea for Mother’s Day this Sunday the 13th of May 2018 is an elegant and decadent way to spoil your mum. There are many high tea venues to choose from, so we have done the hard work and put together a list of our favourite visits.
The High Tea Society contributors have the terribly difficult task of tasting a lot of high teas each year, meaning we have a pretty good idea of where to go.
Our Mother’s Day Melbourne top picks:
The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
The Grand Hyatt is able to cater for almost any dietary requirement something to suit any palate – from the spicy to the mild. For the more traditional there are divine chicken sandwiches and salmon with cream cheese rolls. However if you are feeling particularly adventurous why not try the chirashi sushi?
123 Collins Street, Melbourne
Our review of The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Served in the hotel’s light-filled Alluvial atrium, The Clarke Sisters’ Tea Party experience, named after the two high-tea loving sisters who both married the man who commissioned the original Rialto building, is decadent and delightful. It features everything you could want from a great high tea – from the French champagne on arrival, to the classic white table linen, charming service and the appearance of the dessert trolley at the conclusion of the meal.
495 Collins Street, Melbourne
Our review of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Westin Hotel Melbourne
Be greeted by a glass of Moet or Chandon champagne and enjoy the vista of Melbourne’s Town Square. You’ll also be impressed by the beautifully presented treats that are adorned with edible flowers.
205 Collins Street, Melbourne
Our review of the Westin Hotel Melbourne
Sofitel Melbourne Hotel
The Sofitel serves high tea seven days a week. A traditional high tea is offered from Monday to Friday. However the weekend buffet menu, which features all the hallmarks of the weekday menu has an additional selection of pastries and desserts. We recommend the croque monsieur.
25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Our review of the Sofitel Melbourne Hotel
The Hotel Windsor Melbourne
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne boasts old-school class and elegance with over 130 years of experience in the business of meticulously made desserts. Where better for an ultra-traditional afternoon tea?
111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Our review of The Hotel Windsor
The Conservatory, Crown Melbourne
Fancy a non-traditional high tea at a stylish venue? With its high ceilings and expansive chandeliers, large windows overlooking the Yarra River and high-backed leather chairs we can’t think of a more suitable place.
Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Our review of The Conservatory
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Located in Melbourne’s famous Block Arcade, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is steeped in history. Opening in 1892, the tea rooms were first run by the Victorian Ladies Work Association and named after their founder Lady Hopetoun, wife of former Victorian Governor and Australian Governor-General Lord Hopetoun. Served on a three-tier cake stand, the bottom tier is full of savoury selections, including Hopetoun’s famous pinwheel sandwiches. Our favourite treat was the sizable pumpkin roulade filled with a generous amount of smoked salmon, goats cheese mousse and spinach. The familiar line of people who wait outside to get seated at one of the 20 tables is testament to the sensational service and sweets inside.
The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St, Melbourne
Our review of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Mary Eats Cake
Here you are in the safe and talented hands of Sarah de Witt, the Tea Sommelier behind Impala & Peacock artisan teas and French trained pastry chef, Jessica Hillbrick. They’ll take you on a gastronomic journey filled with characterful tea infusions and delightful unique sweet and savoury treats.
13 Leith Road, Montrose and 558 Sydney Road Brunswick
Our review of Mary Eats Cake
Strangers Corridor, Parliament of Victoria
Strangers Corridor, in the Parliament of Victoria, has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1924. It’s a beautiful setting with light shining through the stain glass windows onto the white linen, traditional leather booths, red velvet chairs and scattered elements of gold embellishments. You’ll be offered a glass of Parliament of Victoria’s own Blanc De Blanc, Yarra Valley sparkling wine before starting the culinary journey, and learning about the locally sourced produce. We loved the warm cauliflower and washed rind cheese tarts and how the homemade pastry and caramelised cheese melted in our mouths. Delectable sweets include the seeded strawberry jam, cream and lemon curd with traditional or sultana scones, the blueberry panna cotta, layered strawberry vanilla slice and pastry tower, and rich espresso flavoured mouse.
Parliament of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne
Our review of the Strangers Corridor
The Paris End of Little Collins Street in the very heart of Melbourne invites you for a Parisian affair. On a weekend, you’re able to indulge in an irresistible dessert buffet, where opulent macarons and decadent eclairs from famed Melbourne patisserie The Crux & Co are paired with La Maison du Thé teas and of course champagne. With nine éclair flavours such as double vanilla, passionfruit and bitter chocolate, there’s sure to be something for everyone. This applies to the wide variety of macaroon flavours, including cookies & cream, pistachio and jasmine (just amazing).
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Our review of the Sheraton Melbourne