There is nothing more decadent and traditional then a high tea experience. With some of the best venues in Australia, you’ll find amazing high tea Melbourne on RedBalloon. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to historical England when socialising over high tea was the way to go. There is something truly special and fancy about enjoying a high tea, especially when you get a group of friends together to indulge on the delicious treats and warming drinks.
What is high tea?
Although you may have heard of it a lot, you might still be wondering what actually is high tea and what does it include? Originally high tea was a traditional light British meal served in the afternoon or early evening between 3-4pm. It included a number of sweet and savoury finger food like sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries just to name a few and most importantly was consumed with a cup of tea. Although in today’s day and age, high tea and afternoon tea are often interchangeable and mean the same thing this wasn’t always the case. Traditionally afternoon tea was a British tradition of sitting down for afternoon treats like sandwiches, cakes and scones with tea. It was a meal clearly designed for the upper class but for the workers, tea time had to wait until after work and often wasn’t eaten at a table giving it the name ‘high tea’. Over the years the two have adapted to become a similar meal in modern times and is now famously enjoyed around the world.
Where to have high tea in Australia?
When you’re looking to find some the best places to enjoy high tea, you can’t look past the venues in Melbourne, Australia. Already known as the food capital of Australia, we guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choices when it comes to finding the best high tea Melbourne. From traditional high tea menus, to cruises and a modern twist on the experience, we’ll run you through all the places you can enjoy afternoon tea. If you want to experience one of the most well-known venues, you can’t go past Hotel Windsor high tea. The sophisticated hotel knows how to put on an afternoon tea - they’ve been serving it since 1883. Enjoy a three-tiered stand that includes their famous scones, a selection of pastries, ribbon sandwiches, tea or coffee and to top it off you even get a French sparkling wine on arrival… no wonder Windsor high tea it is one of the best high tea Melbourne has to offer!
For a unique afternoon tea Melbourne experience that will definitely go down a treat, why not try chocolate high tea with dessert cocktail for 2. You’ll indulge on a decadent chocolate high tea paired with your choice of dessert cocktail at Ganache Chocolate. It’s one of the funnest high tea menu ideas around as you’ll get to feast on exquisite chocolate high tea along with your choice of espresso martini, raspberry bliss and chocolate cointreau deluxe just to name a few. You’ll also get to sink your teeth into a delicious sample menu including sandwiches, quiche, slices, macarons and plenty of chocolate delights.
If you’re looking for great places to enjoy high tea with a group of friends, we offer the perfect experience - an elegant high tea with Champagne and goodie bags. Fresh flowers on the table and vintage tea ware set the scene for a great day enjoying the finer things in life. You’ll be treated to sweets savoury as well as tea and some bubbly. To top it all off you’ll get to take home an amber jar of tea making this a truly delightful experience. If you’re still looking for more venues or a tea room to treat your taste buds to, you’ll find a selection of restaurants available on RedBalloon.
Also when you’re looking for where to have high tea you want to make sure you get the best prices around. We are always offering a range of high tea Melbourne deals throughout the year which is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself or someone else to one of our decadent high tea experiences. You’ll save big time on your high tea prices and although we can’t offer free high tea, you’ll won’t have to break the bank with our experiences. We often offer great sale prices during big occasions like Christmas, Mother’s Day and more holiday periods.
What to wear to high tea?
If you’re wondering what to wear to high tea we often recommend dressing smart casual. Each venue may have their own dress requirements which is why we suggest to keep safe with something nice. Plus it’s always fun having a reason to dress up! Some locations are quite strict and don’t allow thongs, singlets or strappy tops so please keep this in mind when choosing the location. For ladies, a nice outfit and shoes will be perfect for the occasion and for men, a pair of pants and top will do the trick.
When should we have a high tea party?
High tea is the perfect celebration for so many occasions. Get a group of friends together and throw a high tea party! There is nothing more fun then enjoying the delicious food and drink with some of your closest. With all the amazing food available it will give you great ideas for high tea recipes you could make at home. A high tea party is also a great idea for a hen’s night! Get all your girls together and celebrate the bride to be - definitely upgrade for the sparkling wine or champagne package to make the celebration a little bit more bubbly. If anyone in the group has any dietary requirements such as needing gluten free options, make sure you let the restaurant know so they can accommodate you as best as possible.
Getting your colleagues together to enjoy a high tea party is a fun and unique team building experience. With all the high tea menu ideas available around Melbourne, you’ll find something just right for your work group. It’s the perfect environment to bond outside the office, get to know each other better and strengthen relationships all whilst enjoying a delicious meal.
If you’re looking for birthday party ideas or something nice to celebrate a special occasion with a loved one, high tea is the best way to do it. There is nothing nicer then celebrating with your nearest and dearest over great food and drink no matter what the occasion. As a lot of our high tea experiences are designed for 2 people, it’s the perfect go to gifts for your mum, friend, sister or loved one that you can enjoy together. It’s a present they will definitely remember you for and a great way to spend some quality time together. You’ll find the perfect location and menu to indulge on whether it’s for yourself or if you’re looking for a gift thanks to RedBalloon’s range of high tea experiences in Melbourne.