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Christmas at Melbourne's Hotel Windsor

  • Written by Vanessa Hollidge
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Melbourne's Hotel Windsor has been a Christmas celebration stalwart for the past 133 years since its Victorian-era inception. This year the festivities will be one to remember, as The Hotel Windsor continues to uphold its unique position as the most cherished hotel in Melbourne and Australia.

Famed for its Christmas celebrations, The Hotel Windsor will host a wealth of guests for events, including its highly sought Christmas inspired afternoon tea, Christmas Day lunch buffet and Christmas dinner.

Christmas Afternoon Tea

In celebration of the festive season, The Hotel Windsor has created a Christmas inspired afternoon tea which will commence on Monday, 21 November.

The delicious offering will include ribbon sandwiches filled with; maple glazed ham, watercress, apple and fennel chutney; turkey, brie and cranberry; and egg mayonnaise, cornichons, Dijon and dill, and specialty savoury canapés comprising of; Buxton smoked trout, beetroot crème and dill on a poppy seed bagel; and mushroom éclair of spiced chestnut and quince.

The pastry selection will also feature a festive twist, with favourites such as; Christmas Yule log with gingerbread sponge, chocolate ganache, red currant, Grand Marnier, and white chocolate mousse; Paris Brest, Cherry and basil with praline cream patisserie, cherry jam, with kirsch, fresh basil and cherry, almond frost; and Trifle of Christmas flavour with panettone, Armagnac soaked prune, orange mascarpone cream, spiced jelly and vanilla custard. On weekends, a selection of these will be available, complemented by an indulgent dessert buffet. 

Adults:             Monday to Friday $69

                       Saturday to Sunday $89

Children:          Monday to Friday $40 per child aged 7-12 years and $25 per child aged 3-6 years

                       Saturday to Sunday $50 per child aged 7-12 years and $30 per child aged 3-6 years

Timings:           From Monday, 21 November (except on Christmas Day)

                       Monday to Tuesday: 12pm – 2pm

                       Wednesday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm

                       Saturday to Sunday: 12pm – 2pm and 3pm- 5pm

Christmas Day Lunch Buffet

On Christmas Day, The Hotel Windsor is inviting guests to enjoy the ultimate Christmas feast. With only a few tables still available, it is the place in Melbourne to celebrate with loved ones.

Held in the beautiful One Eleven Spring St restaurant, the sumptuous and ever-so-indulgent Christmas Lunch Buffet will serve the freshest selection of seafood, as well as a signature baked free range ham and roasted turkey breast from the carvery.

Diners will also indulge in dishes such as braised leg of spring lamb, roast potatoes and mint sauce; ocean trout, pickled beetroots, watercress, caviar crème fraiche and a complementing array of salads and vegetables. Dessert will hit the sweet spot, with the choice of 10 different options including Christmas chocolate Yule log; trifle of Christmas spice and stone fruits; The Hotel Windsor's fruit mince pies; and a selection of local and imported cheese and condiments.  

Adults:              $329

Timings:           Sunday, 25 December 1pm to 4pm

Christmas Day Dinner

The exclusive One Eleven Christmas Day dinner will showcase Executive Chef Joel Alderson's modern Australian cuisine, with highlights including; house cured ocean trout 'ham', roasted grapes, macadamia and radish; slow cooked turkey leg, maple glazed pumpkin, seeds and nuts, roast turkey sauce with roast kestrel potatoes, lemon and sage; and the Windsor's traditional Christmas pudding with chestnut crème and brandy sauce. A vegetarian menu is also available.

Adults:              $299 per person

Children:           $125 per person (4-12 years); $215 (13-18 years), under 3 years free

Timings:            Sunday, 25 December 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Director of The Hotel Windsor Adi Halim says, Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience and perfect for celebrating with loved ones. This year we've created a truly unique Christmas-inspired offering at The Hotel Windsor and look forward to welcoming guests, many of whom have already reserved tables, for this wonderful occasion.”

Options and bookings can be discussed with the Windsor's reservations team on 03 9633 6004 or via the hotel's website 

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