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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 it's high tea.

Traditional afternoon tea also called high tea served with freshly baked scones, jam and cream, pastries and finger sandwiches. Some include a glass of bubbly but all with freshly brewed tea and coffee brought to your table throughout the service.

See below for featured High Tea venues and etiquette with Michelle Milton.


Finally, Melbourne's Top 10 High Tea's review and guide.

Featured High Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Windsor 
Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience, steeped in tradition. Our hotel has proudly served over two million guests since 1883. Our hotel serves its famous afternoon tea to your table on a three-tiered silve Read more..

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Buckingham High Tea 
Afternoon Tea near Brighton in Bayside Grab your friends and family and book a high tea event with us Royal High Tea $39.00 Per Person Kids High Tea $17.50 Per Child Minimum of 10 pax *Room hire applies for under 20 pax* Savouries Read more..

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Devonshire Tea | Altona Homestead 
The Altona Homestead was the first Homestead in this area. Enjoy themed displays held throughout the year and a delicious, traditional Devonshire Tea with homemade scones, jam and cream within the homestead courtyard and building on the first Sund Read more..

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Flowerdale Estate High Tea 
Flowerdale Estate is a beautiful and historic venue for your conference wedding weekend dinner bed and breakfast or high tea. Nestled between the Yarra Valley and Kilmore it's just over an hour's drive from Melbourne to Flowerdale Estate the perfect Read more..

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High Tea - Hopetoun Tea Rooms 
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 stand & is prepared Read more..

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High Tea at Homestead Cafe 
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 and consideration of Read more..

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High Tea at Om Nom 
JOIN US EVERY WEEKEND 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 profiteroles Goat cheese & Read more..

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High Tea In Style By Cristina Re 
Signature High Tea Melbourne 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 trimmed in 24 carat gold and Read more..

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High Tea on the High Seas 
Be served High Tea in the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry. Indulge in an Afternoon Tea of exquisite cakes & desserts, finger sandwiches, espresso coffee,fresh brewed tea and/or sparkling wine and watch the spectacular coasta Read more..

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High Tea | Hotel Lindrum 
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, High Tea service at f Read more..

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High Tea | Stamford Plaza Melbourne 
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 finger sandwiches served Read more..

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Mamor High Tea 
Melbournes most decadent High Tea experience. We specialise in unique high tea events and can offer a variety of entertainment and dining options. Full Indulgent High Tea - 3 course bookings essential, deposit required 7 Sins of Chocolate H Read more..

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Melbourne's Best High Tea 
With Australians consuming around 22 million cups of tea daily, there are plenty of options when it comes to enjoying a good cuppa. Afternoon tea or the classic high tea has seen a resurgence in Melbourne, so too has the return to elegance in fas Read more..

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Spa Champagne High Tea 
Indulge your senses with Spa Champagne High Tea Imagine a place where urban tranquility and delicious desserts meet in harmony. Nestled between Collins Street, Treasury Gardens and St Patrick's Cathedral, the Spa Champagne High Tea offering at Read more..

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Spoil Me High Tea 
Join us for this splendid event presented by M3 combining divine pampering treatments with delicious afternoon tea treats in the stunning surrounds of the bustling Cafe and Tea rooms in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Admission includes: - High Tea Read more..

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The Gables High Tea 
High Tea at The Gables happens every Sunday and Wednesday, and 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 boutique teas a Read more..

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The Langham Afternoon Tea 
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 unique blend of Langham Tea. Read more..

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Three Plates High - High Tea at Melbourne Marriott 
Treat yourself to an unforgettable high tea experience at Three Plates High at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel. The high tea menu features high tea favourites such as petit scones, macaroons, mini sandwiches as well as selection of sweet treats! T Read more..

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Traditional High Tea @ Westin 
Westin's Modern Twist on the Traditional High Tea It's refreshing to attend a high tea service that focuses on the contemporary in terms of style and the foods and beverages on offer. Situated in the refined Lobby Lounge of the Westin Hotel Melbou Read more..

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High Tea

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 Melbourne's 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 preparation, visit the High Tea Society for history, etiquette and perfecting your cuppa. 

So, if you are asking where is the BEST High Tea, or BEST Afternoon tea, here is the list of Melbourne's Top 10 High Tea's.


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