was recently lucky enough to win tickets to a High Tea in Style by Cristina Re at the Grand Hyatt hotel
in Melbourne. The competition was run by Cristina Re and participants had to
nominate who they’d take to a high tea and why. I chose Sarah Jessica Parker
but for obvious reasons I couldn’t take her so I took the next best thing- my fiancé
and my mum.
of the fun of high tea is dressing up. I channeled Blair Waldorf (who never puts a fashionable foot wrong) and styled my outfit around a pair of red lace stockings that I picked up awhile ago from Alannah Hill. A high tea is a great excuse to pull out all of those quirky, bold clothes and accessories that you’d never normally wear.
|Oris leather jacket, white lace top (unsure of label), Alannah Hill skirt, Alannah heel stockings, Tony Bianco peep toe shoes, Portmans bow belt, Louis Vuitton bag.|
a bit of a stressful drive into the city (there were roadworks surrounding the
Grand Hyatt, naturally the one time we needed to go) we arrived at the very
fancy and glamorous hotel. High tea was located in Collins Kitchen; the hotel’s restaurant which is
located one floor up.
were seated in a cosy nook with a window view, perfect to look at whilst
sipping our sparkling wine. Naturally, the table was set with Cristina Re cups,
saucers and plates, which are so beautiful and has inspired me to fill my home
with similar homewares.
|Beautiful Cristina Re cups and saucers|
The High Tea experience runs buffet style, so we
started off at the first station. There were a selection of hot treats such as pork, veal and fennel sausage rolls, smoked ham croquette and Korean chicken sliders. They were all absolutely
delicious and I lost count of how many chicken sliders I consumed.
next course was served on a three tiered stand, reminiscent of most high teas.
It was filled with an assortment of bite sized savoury treats,
sandwich fingers and fluffy scones- yum! To be honest, we started feeling
the slightest bit full at this stage and weren’t sure how we’d manage the next
We saved the
best for last, which was the dessert buffet. It truly was a feast for the eyes
and there was so much to sample. Mini macaroons, delicate cakes, ice cream in
all kind of flavours, fresh fruit and the beautifully presented edible dessert garden (mushroom shaped meringues complete with white chocolate ‘soil’) along with so much
more. All washed down with bottomless cups of earl grey tea.
By this stage
we were so full and on a sugar high so we sipped on water and relaxed for a
while. The restaurant has a really calm and relaxed vibe, perfect for a lazy
at Collins Kitchen is impeccable and the staff are warm yet professional. Our
water glasses were regularly topped up throughout the afternoon and there was a
constant flow of hot tea. It is what one would
expect from a high tea and the staff pulled it off flawlessly.
high tea can be expensive, it is something that we should all experience at
least once! It has become really popular in Melbourne over the last few years
and we’ve been spoilt for choice. The Waiting Room, The Conservatory at Crown
and The Tea Salon are just a few, along with the older institutions such as TheLangham, Hopetoun Tearooms and of course the original, Hotel Windsor.
do you go for high tea?
High Tea in Style by Cristina Re menu here.