This spring, in collaboration with Cooke’s restaurant, M Gallery, The Hotel Grand Windsor announces the launch of Vari-Tea High Tea. It’s an elegant five-star boutique hotel setting in the heart of Auckland on Lower Queen Street.
Vari-Tea brilliantly combines the classic English pursuits of afternoon tea and cake with a charming slice of history.
Cooke’s restaurant is inspired by such British heritage and Auckland tradition, conceived in 1928 so that guests may take some time out to enjoy some afternoon tea.
“Though influenced by yesteryear, this is a modern take on the afternoon tea concept, with food served on granite plates rather that circular tiers,” says executive chef Jinu Abraham. “I’m excited to be part of the next stage of this boutique offering.”
The elegant eatery had a makeover in 2017 and now offers a choice of 15 loose-leaf teas served in fine bone china from the exclusive T2 Tealeidoscope Signature Range. Continuing with tradition, Cooke’s provides sweet treats such as buttermilk scones with strawberry and rose preserve; and dainties like elderflower profiterole and marzipan cupcakes with citrus and sour cream. Savoury selections include chicken and walnut, ham and cheese, or classic egg mayo sandwiches.
Also available is Mumm Cordon Rougechampagne or Huia Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine to add some fizz to the afternoon tea.
CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA
Cost: $45 per person or $65 with a glass of champagne
Christmas is such a magical time and for many people, the excitement of heading into the city for Christmas shopping is one of the highlights of the season. There is always a wonderful festive-vibe in the city so why not make a day of it and join us for Christmas high tea once you have shopped ’til you drop?
Our special Christmas High Tea menu is available every weekend throughout December and features all our high tea favourites with a Christmas twist including turkey and walnut sandwiches and of course some beautiful Christmas mince and treacle tarts.
Served with a delicious selection of T2 teas, our Christmas High Tea is sure to be in high demand so make sure you book in advance.
High tea is available daily and must be booked 24 hours prior.