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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.

Also see: Melbourne's ~ High Tea Reviewed | Great Places for High Tea (article)

Featured High Tea

View Event: Afternoon Tea at the Windsor
Afternoon Tea at the Windsor
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
MelbourneA visit to Melbourne would be incomplete without Afternoon Tea at The Windsor, served since 1883. The longest-running Afternoon Tea in Melbourne, it is held daily in our beautiful historic dining room, One Eleven, on silver th ..

View Event: Buckingham High Tea
Buckingham High Tea
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ The Buckingham International | Highett

MelbourneAfternoon 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 ..

View Event: Grand Hyatt High Tea
Grand Hyatt High Tea
∞ [every] Saturday, Sunday
@ Collins Kitchen | Melbourne

MelbourneHigh 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 ..

View Event: High Cheese at The Westin Melbourne
High Cheese at The Westin Melbourne
∞ 3rd of July 2020 To 30th of September 2020
@ Allegro Restaurant | Melbourne

MelbourneHigh Cheese is our cheesy twist on high tea. From Friday 3rd July 2020, The Westin Melbourne will once again be bringing back its popular cheesy take on High Tea. Partnering with Maker & Monger, Prahran Market's 'Chapel of ..

View Event: High Tea & Devonshire Tea | Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea & Devonshire Tea | Stamford Plaza Melbourne
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Harry's Restaurant Melbourne | Melbourne

MelbourneHigh 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 ..

View Event: High Tea - Hopetoun Tea Rooms
High Tea - Hopetoun Tea Rooms
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Hopetoun Tea Rooms | Melbourne

MelbourneHigh 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 ..

View Event: High Tea at Homestead Cafe | Old Cheese Factory
High Tea at Homestead Cafe | Old Cheese Factory
∞ [every] Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
@ Old Cheese Factory | Berwick

MelbourneHigh 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 ..

View Event: High Tea at Om Nom
High Tea at Om Nom
∞ [every] Saturday
@ Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar | Melbourne

MelbourneJOIN US EVERY SATURDAY FOR OUR INDULGENT HIGH TEA 12 MIDDAY & 2:30PM SATURDAY (Reservation only) MINIMUM 2 GUESTS SOMETHING SAVOURY Croque monsieur fingers Prosciutto & mustard mayo bites Mushroom & herb choux profite ..

View Event: High Tea at Parliament House
High Tea at Parliament House
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
@ Parliament House | Melbourne

MelbourneThe Parliament of Victoria has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1924. Strangers Corridor is renowned for its freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches served on tiered stands ..

View Event: High Tea Sundays | Left Bank Melbourne
High Tea Sundays | Left Bank Melbourne
∞ [every] Sunday
@ Left Bank Melbourne | Southbank

MelbourneLeft 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 ..

View Event: High Tea | Hotel Lindrum
High Tea | Hotel Lindrum
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Hotel Lindrum | Melbourne

MelbourneWe 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 ..

View Event: High Tea | Mary Eats Cake - Brunswick
High Tea | Mary Eats Cake - Brunswick
∞ [every] Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Mary Eats Cake | Brunswick | Brunswick

MelbourneCELEBRATE WITH HIGH TEA IN BRUNSWICK Mary's Brunswick Tea House is a gritty glam sanctuary amongst the hustle and bustle of Sydney Road. Mary's High Tea is made fresh in house and has a new face and flavour each season. ..

View Event: High Tea | The Hatter & the Hare
High Tea | The Hatter & the Hare
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ The Hatter & The Hare | Bayswater

MelbourneTHE 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 ..

View Event: Mamor High Tea
Mamor High Tea
∞ [every] Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
@ Mamor Chocolates & High Tea Szalon | Collingwood

MelbourneMelbourne'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 ..

View Event: Parisian Afternoon Tea
Parisian Afternoon Tea
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Little Collins Street Kitchen | Melbourne

MelbourneParisian Afternoon Tea at Little Collins Street Kitchen | Sheraton Hotel Treat yourself with a delicious Parisian Afternoon Tea at Little Collins Street Kitchen. HIGH TEA A STAPLE OF THE PARISIAN DINING CULTURE, AFTERNOON ..

View Event: The Gables High Tea
The Gables High Tea
∞ [every] Wednesday, Sunday
@ The Gables | Malvern East

MelbourneHigh 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 ..

View Event: The Langham Afternoon Tea
The Langham Afternoon Tea
∞ [every] Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
@ Aria Bar & Lounge | Southbank

MelbourneThe 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 ..

View Event: Weekend High Tea | Sofitel
Weekend High Tea | Sofitel
∞ [every] Saturday, Sunday
@ Sofi's Lounge | Sofitel | Melbourne

MelbourneOpen daily Sofi's Lounge is an expansive gallery featuring an array of exhibited artworks fresh flowers natural light and a lofty ceiling. Saturday & Sunday High Tea Buffet Sofitel's weekend high tea is an authentic experie ..


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.
How about Mother's Day Tea?

Also see Tea House | Tea Room | Tea Garden | Mother's Day

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. 

Afternoon Tea Etiquette

The Windsor Hotel looks at the Etiquette. DOWNLOAD (pdf)

Melbourne's BEST Afternoon Tea
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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.

Source: thehotelwindsor.com.au