Recently I took my wife to high tea at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne, to experience their famed 'Chocolate Bar' experience served on the weekends. A sneaky birthday surprise that my son "accidentally" told her a few days before.
We arrived to the Langham on a cold, wet, and windy Sunday afternoon (Classic Melbourne) and quickly walked through the entrance into the grand staircase, which is quite an experience and treat for the eyes.
Being one of the few 5 star hotels in Australia, they really do focus on the attention to detail. Massive fresh flower arrangements line the walls, with a cascading water feature providing a calming atmosphere. The subtle scent of ginger-flower is throughout the hotel, and adds to the luxe experience.
We had kids in tow, but they were on their best behaviour as we entered the Aria bar on the 2nd floor. There was a queue due to popularity, but we were soon greeted and seated at a fully set table in a lounge style setting.
The main feature - is placed at the centre of the Aria bar, which is a large table full of delicate hand-made chocolates and desserts from the pastry chefs at the Langham.
Drink orders were taken just after being seated, and include a glass of bubbles or a mocktail to begin the dining experience. From there you are treated to unlimited tea or coffee from the extensive menu.
The 3-tier high tea set arrived quickly, which included ribbon sandwiches, fresh scones with jams and cream, and baked savoury pies. Easily enough food as a lunch serve for 4 hungry customers.
As you tuck into the savouries, guests are allowed to graze as much as they like from the chocolate bar table over a 2 hour period. There was also a chocolate fountain and fresh pudding table.
Overall the experience was fantastic, being formal but not uncomfortable for the children. The staff were attentive and the food top notch.
Prices start from $79 per an adult and $39 per child, and I highly recommended that you book as every table was taken.
On the way home I dropped past the Langham gift shop to purchase a ginger-flower room diffuser, so we could take a bit of the experience home.
★★★★★ - Highly recommended weekend activity.