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Indulge someone in a holiday treat
Looking for a sophisticated and stylish way to celebrate the festive season? The Hotel Windsor has created a Christmas inspired afternoon tea that's set to delight. Hotel Windsor has become known over the years for their elegant afternoon teas and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
The holiday afternoon experience is a treat at Melbourne's Hotel Windsor. Image:provided
The tea includes ribbon sandwiches filled with; maple glazed ham, watercress, apple and fennel chutney; turkey, brie and cranberry; and egg mayonnaise, cornichons, Dijon and dill, and specialty savoury canapés comprising of; Buxton smoked trout, beetroot crème and dill on a poppy seed bagel; and mushroom éclair of spiced chestnut and quince.
There's a holiday twist on the pastry selection too with favourites such as; Christmas Yule log with gingerbread sponge, chocolate ganache, red currant, Grand Marnier, and white chocolate mousse; Paris Brest, Cherry and basil with praline cream patisserie, cherry jam, with kirsch, fresh basil and cherry, almond frost; and Trifle of Christmas flavour with panettone, Armagnac-soaked prune, orange mascarpone cream, spiced jelly and vanilla custard.
On weekends, a selection of these are available, complemented by an indulgent dessert buffet. It's the perfect way to treat someone (or yourself) over the holidays.
The tea can be booked from Monday 21 of November through the holiday season. Bookings are highly suggested and can be made online or calling 61 3 9633 6004
Adults: Monday to Friday $69; Saturday to Sunday $89
Children: Monday to Friday $40 per child aged 7-12 years and $25 per child aged 3-6 years; Saturday to Sunday $50 per child aged 7-12 years and $30 per child aged 3-6 years
The afternoon tea experience will run Monday to Tuesday: 12pm – 2pm; Wednesday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where:The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost:Monday to Friday $69; Saturday to Sunday $89 Children: Monday to Friday $40 per child aged 7-12 years and $25 per child aged 3-6 years; Saturday to Sunday $50 per child aged 7-12 years and $30 per child aged 3-6 years