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Published October 19th 2014
Enjoy The Opulence Of Australia's Most Cherished Historic Ho
Experience says it all. The Windsor has been serving afternoon tea every day of the week at 12 noon and 2:30pm since 1883. The Windsor has well and truly earned their reputation for spoiling their visitors with exquisite finger sandwiches, petite pastries and freshly baked scones. Not to be outmatched, the service is impeccable and the waiters extremely helpful.
Service with a smile
As soon as I spotted the Windsor Hotel I started to get excited. It's not very often that I look forward to an afternoon tea so much but obviously this is the place to have afternoon tea. The exterior of this old historic hotel is grand and the foyer and restaurant will not disappoint. This place has an impressive history and I wonder what the opening would have been like back then in the 1800s.
Grace and dignity event before you enter the Windsor
Throughout the hotel there are references to the early days of grandeur to be found in the chandeliers, furniture and memorabilia. I rather enjoyed reading the guide to etiquette that was on the table. I am clearly uncouth because I would never dream of introducing myself to unknown guests, I have been known to leave my teaspoon in a cup and who ever heard of the idea of never looking at a guest while sipping tea? Apparently you have to peer into your cup. I practiced this in case anyone else in the know was looking.
This is meant to be afternoon tea but we went to the 12pm sitting and it was more than enough for lunch.
Served promptly to the table is a Three Tiered Stand of delectable finger food. The lower level includes the selection of very fresh ribbon sandwiches trimmed neatly in wholemeal and white varieties. They include: Cucumber, avocado and tarragon cream cheese on white, Egg mayonnaise, caper, and pea shoot on white,
Smoked salmon, dill, caraway, and malt cream cheese on white. Free range ham, honey and dark ale mustard on wholemeal,
Chicken, apple, celery and watercress on wholemeal,
This photo says it all
The middle layer features the petite cakes and pastries. On the day we went we had an orange Sachertorte, which was a chocolate sponge, orange ganache, orange marmalade and chocolate orange sponge. This was deliciously rich and as a chocoholic predictably my favorite.
My second favourite was the Raspberry Yogurt Delice which was a vanilla sponge, vanilla yogurt mousse, raspberry cream and a raspberry syrup jelly decoration that I could have eaten a truck load of.
Hard choice of which to pick first
My mum's favourite was the Saint Honore. It was a delicious custard cream with kirsch, coconut icing, vanilla cream Chantilly and cherry compote.
The top layer the double cream, lemon curd, and Windsor strawberry jam. These were awaiting the presentation of the freshly cooked hot scones. The Hotel Windsor's famous traditional and sultana scones were served later.
Beverages include coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of French sparkling wine or orange juice. I'm not much of a tea drinker but obviously this is a must at a high tea. The list was an extensive list and my knowledge minimal. The advice of the waiter and the explanations of each tea were useful to select a light fragrant tea. I might partake more frequently if I had such a selection at home. Each person got their own pot which was large enough for two.
The gift voucher is a formal printed invitation in a lovely red envelope
I took my daughter and her friends here for high tea here a month ago. I would recommend the adults food, but not the kids. I was extremely disappointed that they didn't cater for my daughter's egg allergy which I'd mentioned at the time of booking and had followed up via email with the restaurant manager who assured me that it wouldn't be a problem. When we arrived I mentioned it to a few of the waiters and it was clear that the message hadn't reached the kitchen. I work in hospitality myself and we take allergies very seriously, so was very disappointed that such a prestigious hotel would make this mistake.