Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne (2nd Time)

Melbourne, Australia
June 2015

I decided to go back to The Hotel Windsor Melbourne to try their afternoon tea on a weekday since I had a good experience at their weekend tea before.  On weekdays the their tea is a little different.  Instead of having the dessert bar like on the weekends, they come around periodically with additional sandwiches that you can take freely (a plus for the savory inclined).

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Going on a weekday, I thought that there wouldn’t be that many people.  As before, I was surprised at how popular The Windsor is.  Being the best overall tea that I had in Melbourne, I can understand why there were a lot of people.  Although on the weekends, there were visibly more men than during the week (not surprising at all).

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Having gone not too long before, the menu was pretty similar, in the sandwich department, to the weekend menu except for the sweets.  As before, the sandwiches were yummy; and with the option to take additional sandwiches, you wouldn’t leave hungry.

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The warm savories were ok, but I was surprised at how empty the eclair was.  Almost no porcini filling at all!

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The scones were good again, although the service throughout was much worse than before.  I had to wait for quite a while before the scones came out.  We had pretty good service (for Australia) last time, so I was surprised when I had to seek out the waitstaff for tea, etc.

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Of the sweets, my favorite was the Heart of Gold cake.  It had a really nice balance of sweet and sour.

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Once again, they had a nice flower arrangement in the lobby of the hotel, which is always a lovely touch.

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Overall, The Windsor didn’t disappoint in the tea and food areas.  The service was a bit lacking this time, and the number of patrons can’t be used as an excuse.  Even still, a nice way to spend the afternoon on a chilly day in Melbourne.

Tea 4/5, unlimited, good variety
Food 4/5
Atmosphere 3/5
Service 2/5
Overall 3.25/5

Hotel Windsor Melbourne
12:00 daily
2:30 Wednesday – Friday
3:00 Saturday – Sunday

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