It’s easy to see why Crown Melbourne’s Conservatory is a favourite for special occasions.
The best word to describe it is “opulent”. That shows up in the tall white arches and modern chandeliers and in the finer details in the marble buffet tables and floral arrangements throughout the room. The all-white fit-out is classic and sophisticated.
It’s a fitting backdrop for an afternoon high tea. On weekends, the tables are decked out with tiered arches that hold a number of bites, such as scones with jam and butter, finger sandwiches, and mini sausage rolls and beef Wellington pies.
There’s also an all-you-can-eat assortment of cakes and sweets, including macarons, tarts, chocolates and layered desserts in shot glasses, all of which follow a set theme for four months before the selection is changed completely. Tea and coffee are complimentary with the basic high tea option, though this can be upgraded to include free-flowing champagne.
Outside of the afternoon tea sessions, The Conservatory hosts buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect to see the buffet counter laid out with freshly cooked seafood on ice, different kinds of pastas and curries, a spread of cheese and crackers, various types of sushi, and other dishes from around the world.