High Tea

The Clarke Sisters' High Tea

Settle in for an afternoon of sheer indulgence with our degustation-style High Tea experience. A progression of late lunch into afternoon tea, enjoy traditional sandwiches, a selection of buttermilk and fruit scones and a choice of main course served to your table on exquisite Noritake China.

You will then be treated to the decadent Rialto Precinct Dessert Trolley, featuring heavenly cakes from the kitchens of renowned local venues such as Vue de Monde, Le Petit Gateau and Merchant.

Hosted in the sun-drenched Alluvial atrium, your intimate dining experience will be accompanied with a glass of delicate Perrier-Jouet Champagne or a deconstructed Champagne Cocktail

The Clarke Sisters

A Slice of History

Step into the high society world of the Clarke Sisters. These ladies would often be found spending lavish afternoons swapping stories over fine china teacups. Miss Emma Clarke married Patrick McCaughan who commissioned the original Rialto building which is now the west or Rialto wing of the hotel.

After Miss Emma’s untimely passing, the undeterred Patrick went on to marry her sister Miss Margaret Clarke.

Miss Margaret had a beautiful daughter Caroline with whom this tradition of decadent High Teas continued.

4 course high tea degustation

  • To begin

    Be seated to create your own deconstructed Champagne Cocktail.
    Begin with rare roast beef finger sandwich.
    Open face cucumber sandwich.
    Salmon and cream cheese mini bagel.
    Mini duck liver pate en croute.
    Bay bugs on mini brioche roll.

  • the main

    Be treated to a light main of
    Lamb chop with truffle mash, pea puree and red wine jus.
    King oyster mushroom tart with pumpkin pulse.

  • to finish

    Freshly baked buttermilk scone with strawberry jam and double cream.
    Freshly baked fruit scone with butter.

  • Rilato precinct dessert trolley

    Our Rialto Precinct Dessert Trolley is our big finale and features a showcase of decadent desserts from local partners including,
    Lemon Tart by Le Petit Gateau
    Berry Tart by Le Petit Gateau
    White Chocolate Cheesecake by Merchant Osteria Venice
    Flourless Chocolate Cake (GF) by Merchant Osteria Venice
    Vue de Monde Lamington

Session times

Our High Tea is available every Saturday and Sunday.
To make the most of your intimate experience we offer 6 sessions each day.
Please be advised that High Tea is only available to guests over the age of 16 years.

Sessions times:

Hosted in the sun-drenched Alluvial atrium.
Alluvial Restaurant InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
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“I spent 3 hours luxuriating in champagne cocktails, silver tea stands, warm scones and a dessert trolley. Needless to say I LOVE the experience and I’m sure you will too. I loved the theatre of making my own cocktail with the sugar cube, angostura bitters and cognac…”
Joyce @melhotornot

“A wonderfully enjoyable Tea Party experience from the delectable food to the lovely service and getting to enjoy it all in the most luxurious of places.”
Simone and Simon @crumbsofafoodie

High Tea with a twist, a delicious degustation style menu, in a class of its own.
Lisa and Lisa @lisaandlisa