High Tea in Melbourne
Afternoon tea, cakes scones & pastries
The gracious old lady that is the city of Melbourne is renowned world-wide for its old world charm, salubrious architecture and yes, it's high tea.
Traditional afternoon tea (also called high tea) is served with freshly baked scones, jam and cream, pastries and finger sandwiches.
Some high tea's include a glass of bubbly but are all served with freshly brewed tea and coffee brought to your table throughout the service.
Featured High Tea
Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience, steeped in tradition. Held in the elegant One Eleven lounge, Afternoon Tea is served on traditional three-tiered silver stands with ribbon sandwiches ..
Afternoon Tea near Brighton in Bayside Grab your friends and family and book a high tea event with us Royal High Tea Kids High Tea Minimum of 10 pax Price on Application *Room hire applies for under 20 pax* S ..
High Tea In Style By Cristina Re Experience High Tea in Style with Cristina Re's signature teaware collection, featuring an array of coloured and patterned vintage inspired fine china paired with tea cups and teapots, all trim ..
SEAFOOD HIGH TEA IN MELBOURNE You've heard of High Tea, you've heard of High Cheese...The Westin Melbourne now brings you High Seas - high tea with seafood as the star ingredient. $89 per person including Four Pillars Navy ..
High Tea is served in Victorian splendour 7 days a week. Nowhere else in Melbourne's City Business District can you find a more charming setting and atmosphere than the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Our High Tea is served on a 3-tiered ..
High Tea is a favourite for many, with fresh homemade scones, hot savouries, dainty tea sandwiches and delicious cakes. All offered at affordable prices for that special occasion. High Tea options are available to suit groups a ..
Join us to celebrate Melbourne's two great loves - music and food at one of our very special High Tea Live experiences. Previously Jazz High Tea, High Tea Live sees the musical program expand beyond jazz, to include classical, ..
Left Bank Melbourne is paying tribute to the traditional English afternoon tea, taking you back in time, where a quiet assembly at a tea room was once a commonplace to meet. It's time to sit back and let the busy world outside ..
We invite you to experience High Tea Melbourne at felt restaurant. Whether it be a birthday or a family get together the warmth and charm of Hotel Lindrum will ensure your day is one to remember. Presented in a tiered stand, H ..
CELEBRATE WITH HIGH TEA IN BRUNSWICK Mary's Brunswick Tea House is a gritty glam sanctuary amongst the hustle and bustle of Sydney Road. Opening Hours: Monday 11am - 4pm Tuesday CLOSED Wednesday CLOSED Thursday C ..
High Tea served in Harry's Restaurant | Stamford Plaza Melbourne Relax and enjoy our High Tea in the heart of Melbourne, indulging an assortment of meticulously crafted savoury bites, fluffy homemade scones and traditional fing ..
THE HATTER & THE HARE HIGH TEA MENU It's not a surprise our High Tea service has a huge following. Presented uniquely to better showcase our savoury and sweet selections, you start feasting with your eyes the moment you are ..
Melbourne's most decadent High Tea experience. Mámor Szalón in Collingwood transports you to an Old Europe Tea House with Melbourne's most Exclusive Chocolates and Extensive Tea List. We specialise in unique high tea event ..
High Tea at The Gables every Sunday and Wednesday. There are two sittings for a two-hour duration - one commencing at 11am, with the second sitting at 2pm. The cost is $65 for a Sunday and $55 for a Wednesday including bout ..
The Langham, Melbourne is renowned for bespoke Afternoon Teas. Celebrate this timeless ritual of beautiful cakes, delicate ribbon sandwiches & petite fluffy scones. Relax in the ambience of Aria Lounge, sipping on our uniq ..
Treat yourself to an unforgettable high tea experience at Three Plates High at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel. An unparalleled high tea experience awaits you. Our afternoon tea menu features favourites such as petite scones, maca ..
High Tea Information
I do love a high tea, although Josephine prefers to call it, Afternoon Tea.
Some call it Sunday High Tea even when it's served on Monday.
Words = Afternoon tea, high tea, high coffee, daggy tea, crafty tea.
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High Tea Etiquette
Minding your manners with resident high tea expert Michelle Milton.
The host should wait for guests to begin before starting.
Making sure everyone at your table has what they need and is comfortable is just good manners. Guests won’t be shy to ask before you start, but after you’ve filled your teacup and plate, they may be reluctant.
Avoid picking items from the tower with your fingers
Use your fork if servers are not provided. Do not remove a plate from the tower – you want to be sure all the guest can reach the tiny delicacies on offer.
The napkin should be folded along the diagonal and placed on your lap
When finished, fold the napkin and place to the side of your plate to signal to the host that you are finished.
Never start eating until everyone has been served
It’s a communal experience, designed to share and enjoy together. Make sure to chew your food with your mouth closed. You’ll have plenty of time for chatting between bites.
Scones should be broken into manageable pieces with your hands
Do not cut with a knife or fork. Use serving spoons to add jam and cream to your working plate – this will help to prevent raspberry jam on your high-tea best!
For further information, visit the High Tea Society for history, etiquette and perfecting your cuppa.
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AFTERNOON TEA HISTORY
The simple ‘cuppa’ has a far-from-simple history. Tea gained popularity with nobility in Britain after the tea trade took off in the 1670s with the advent of the British East India Company. A century later tea arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, and having ‘Tea’ in the new colony represented a time for social interaction and friendship rather than the more class-focussed rituals of the UK.
Afternoon Tea itself came about around the time that gas lighting was introduced in the 1800s in Britain. This meant people were able to stay up later into the night, and therefore sought to eat their evening meal later too. This shift left a large, foodless gap in the day.
Legend has it that in 1840, Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford (one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting), began to request tea and a small meal of bread and butter, cakes and biscuits in the afternoon to tide her over until dinner. Her innovative (and somewhat indulgent) habit became a highly social occasion, with friends coming to share the hot beverages, delicate snacks and convivial conversation. By 1880, the trend took off and afternoon tea spread to the homes of the upper classes with teashops later springing up across the country.
The name ‘High Tea’ actually refers to a similar practice adopted by the working classes midway through the Industrial Revolution. It involved a heavier meal served with tea at 5.00 pm, upon returning home from work. As it was served at high tables it became known as “high tea”, whereas the more sophisticated afternoon tea was technically named ‘low tea’ in reference to the low drawing room tables that the upper classes would sit around to carry out the ritual.