High Tea

The Clarke Sisters' High Tea

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.

Time for 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

*This venue practices responsible service of alcohol.


‘“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

“I thought the food and service was well worth it. Even the plates were absolutely gorgeous! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone and the whole atmosphere felt so peaceful.” Elena Joveski

“Without a doubt the finest High Tea experience in Melbourne. The Clarke Sisters Tea Party offers sophistication, array of delightful savouries & desserts and fabulous team of hosts making your afternoon one to remember.” Dannii Williams @the_high_tea_girl