Can we windsor high tea session times forex you with a cucumber sandwich? How about a mini-cupcake while you decide from a list of 20 different varieties of tea? For more special occasion dining ideas try our guide to Melbourne’s best restaurants.
Or for something a little more low key, how about breakfast at one of these excellent cafés? Speciality: Having served afternoon tea every day since 1883, the Windsor has perfected the traditional offerings of ribbon sandwiches, warm scones and an ever-changing array of pastries. Be sure to try the Grey De Luxe tea, enjoyed by members of high society since the 1880s after it was made famous by British Prime Minister Earl Grey himself. Ambience: Candelabra, classical music and fresh orchids imbue this 1920s dining room with a refreshing elegance. If you stir the tea in your china cup just right, you might find yourself in Downton Abbey. Take: Mum, to show her that you remember those table manners she taught you. This funky space offers a scone-free high tea that’s full of delicious surprises.
Speciality: Seven sweets and seven savouries make for a deceptively filling experience. Every miniature delight was perfectly crafted to be a two-bite taste explosion. Dietary requirements: Those who are gluten free and vegetarians can be catered for if you let them know in advance. Ambience: The room is moody and funky, with a jazz soundtrack and sleek furniture. It smells beautiful, and there is lots of interesting art on the walls. Wear: The Adelphi is a classy hotel, but you don’t need your white gloves and pearls.