Melbourne's historic Hotel Windsor has been serving traditional afternoon tea every day since 1883. The hotel's grand dining room, with its stuffed chairs and starched white tablecloths, may seem like an intimidating place to take children.
But don't worry, the staff are very solicitous and friendly and obviously during the school holidays they expect to have families visit. Just in case we bring along a box of colouring pencils and are supplied with some drawing paper.
Now, back to the food. For the Chocolate Afternoon Tea Buffet The Hotel Windsor‘s famous buffet spread includes a lavish assortment of French pastries, éclairs, macarons, entremets (whole cakes), bonbons and more.
Believe it or not, I manage to taste almost everything. Completely necessary for research purposes of course!
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I highly recommend the delicate miniature éclairs (the lemon one is Lady AB's favourite), the white chocolate and berry tart which has the lightest crumbly tart base imaginable and the macarons. All of the macarons!
For some interactive fun, the kids love dipping their strawberries into the endlessly-flowing dark and milk chocolate fountain.
There's also a choice of waffles, brownies, marshmallows and cookies for your delicious dipping pleasure.
The all-chocolate buffet is served alongside a stand of dainty savoury canapés (watch out for the spurting filling in the choux pastry!) and thickly sliced crustless ribbon sandwiches (those chicken sandwiches are justly famous!).
The crowning glory on the three-tier stand are the scones – one plain and one chocolate scone for each person.
You'll have to take my kids word for it that the Hotel Windsor‘s scones are amazing. I don't have the chance to taste any….as Lady AB and Baby 2.0 scoff them ALL.
The Chocolate Afternoon Tea Buffet is a delightful school holiday treat and I guarantee that the kids will be talking about that towering chocolate fountain for days to come. There's lots of savour and sample and you will definitely NOT go home hungry.
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- pram access;
- high chairs;
- toilets are down a set of stairs;
- standard menu suitable for kids; and
- Reservations recommended.
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