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High Tea - Parliament of Victoria

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by finy (subscribe)
A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for which is on HubGarden
Published October 4th 2019
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High tea is an event that is different as it combines lunch and afternoon tea together. Traditionally, high tea was a working-class meal served on a table at the end of the workday, shortly after 5.00 pm. However, nowadays it is served from about 1.00 pm onwards till about 3.00 pm or even to 4.00 pm at times.

Generally, the one item that there is always on high teas is scones as well as small cakes. The scones are very often smaller than the ones you would buy normally and have this very quaint, cute look about them. There are also savoury items which are smaller than what you buy normally.

Just like a fine dining experience, high tea has its very own unique etiquette. There are a few rules that are more flexible than others and so some of these rules are:

Make sure that everything from for this high tea is already on the table before starting to eat. All food to be eaten will be given in one hit and generally on one item of crockery.

Do not touch food with your finger as this is not a "done" thing! Always use a fork if there are not any servers there.

Do not leave your spoon in the cup. The spoon should always be on the saucer.

Look into your teacup when drinking as this is a more polite thing to do!

The Parliament of Victoria has been serving traditional afternoon tea since the year of 1924. Their address is 1 Spring Street, Melbourne CBD.

Strangers Corridor is known for their scones, pastries and sandwiches on their tiered stands. While having this, why not also have some sparkling wine with is it as this can always make a meal taste better. If you are not a wine drinker, then have a nice cup of tea with your high tea.


Parliament High Tea is going to cost you some $50.00 and is on between Monday to Friday when there are no parliamentary sitting days between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

The items you can have at this high tea include the following:

Fingers sandwiches
Cucumber, crème fraiche, dill
Smoked salmon, cream cheese with chives
Poached chicken, lettuce and mustard mayonnaise


Traditional and organic fruit scones
Melbourne Parliament jam, thick cream and lemon curd
Warm truffled mushroom and mature cheese tart




Tea or coffee, a complimentary glass of Parliament wine or sparkling wine.

You can also get vegetarian and gluten-free options at no further cost however you need to request this when you make your booking.

Bookings are essential for this high tea, so please contact (03) 9651 8944, email: or click here.

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Why? For a fun high tea at Parliament House
Where: Parliament House, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Vic
Cost: $50
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Thanks Finy, I have had in mind to arrange a Probus Club for a visit for some time. Since your article was very interesting we will attend in the new year.
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