Barbie sitting on The Langham, Melbourne's pink cab before the Barbie-themed Tiffin Tea at Melba Restaurant

A Very Barbie High Tea at the Langham, Melbourne

by Nicole on April 10, 2013

The Langham is renown to have one of the best high teas in Melbourne, so what better way to celebrate my 23rd birthday than by taking part in one of their high teas… one with a theme of course!

It turns out that Barbie is moving out of her Malibu dream house and is residing at the Langham for the April school holidays. When I told Katherine they were serving a Barbie-themed high tea it was said as a little bit of a joke – we’re adults, not 4-year-olds – but she jumped at it.

So that’s how I ended up at a Barbie-themed high tea for my 23rd birthday!

Barbie Tiffin High Tea at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

The Barbie themed high tea included a selection of desserts – a pink suitcase cookie, a pink lamington shoebox, pink glitter cupcake, Barbie car shaped cookie, and a Malibu Beach jelly cup.
Don’t worry, it’s not all sugar – there’s also a ham and cheese sandwich, a tiara-shaped sandwich with sprinkles, and a warm fluffy scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
Kids – both young and older – can also choose between a hot chocolate and a Barbie-licious pink lemonade to drink.

You’d think with so much sugar on their plates all of the kids would be running around and yelling, but perhaps it was because they were dressed up or their parents – there were plenty of Mums, a Dad and even some Grandparents – had given them a stern talking to their was just chatter and no problems. It was perfectly peaceful, the perfect atmosphere for tea.

Served in gold-edged cups and proper silver teapots, Earl Gray and the Langham’s special Silk Road blend (White tea with Iranian rose buds) were the days choices. Between the cakes beautiful cakes piling up on the tables around us and our proper chinaware, I felt like I’d been transported back to a time when Ladies were encouraged to partake in such activities whilst discussing the events of the day.

Tiffin High Tea at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

After examining the menu for ages we each ordered a tiffin and decided to split each of them. Katherine and I ended up ordering two of the more ‘adult’ tiffins – the Tiffin at the Langham and Chocolate Indulgence Tiffin, with some extra teas as we went along. We also tried the ‘Barbie-licious pink lemonade.

Out came the tiffin piled high with sweets… and another… chocolate eclairs, and chocolate dipped strawberries wearing what looked like a tuxedo; miniature lemon tarts and chocolate mousse finger cakes. Perfectly cut sandwiches were hidden at the bottom and full of cucumber, salmon, cream cheese, egg or chicken.

Tiffin High Tea at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

Barbie Tiffin High Tea at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

I’m not much a fan of scones but when two perfect scones – one plain and one with sultanas – came out with proper clotted cream and strawberry jam, I was excited! Not too stoggy, not too floury, and the perfect filling accompaniment to an otherwise sugary high tea.

After a break from the sweets I sipped on my Barbie-licious pink lemonade. Light, sugary and bubbly; reminiscent of creaming soda but with raspberry flavouring. It was refreshing after the otherwise heavy foods we were indulging in.

Tiffin High Tea at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

More sweets such as a strawberry chocolate creme brulee, chocolate and Armagnac truffles, chocolate torte with gold leaf and the Brazillian chocolate roulade with mango and blueberries graced our table. Already stuffed from the other choices most of these came home with me, but there was still room for one more…

Birthday cake at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

A birthday isn’t complete without a candle to blow out and some more cake – this time chocolate moose with some crunchy praline and a jelly cake with fresh strawberries (my favourite!) and mini M&M’s – yum! Thank you, Melba Restaurant and The Langham, Melbourne for having us!

Where’s your favourite place to have high tea?
Would you go to a Barbie-themed high tea?

horizontal lineDetailsThe Langham Hotel Melbourne, Australia

The Langham, Melbourne

1 Southgate Ave
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: (03) 8696 8888

Website: http://www.ariabar.com.au

Car parking at the hotel is AU$50 and is a worthwhile investment if you are going to be there for longer than 1.5-hours (the nearby car parks are around AU$48). If you can, I recommend the use of Melbourne’s public transport network as it is close to both train and tram stations.

Barbie’s Dreamhouse Children’s Tiffin

The Barbie’s Dreamhouse Children’s Tiffin will run on weekdays between the 1st and 19th of April, 2013.
There are two session times 10.00am – 11.30am or 12 noon – 1.30pm.
AU$30 per child* or AU$45 per child* with a take home Barbie Fashionista doll.

*Child up to 12-years-old

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cosmoHallitan April 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

How fun! I would totally go to this! Afternoon tea is a very popular thing to do in Shanghai and I’ve been making my way through all of them. The ones of the fancy old hotels on the Bund are the best!

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2 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I didn’t realise it was so popular in Shanghai! Any favourites?

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3 Sofie April 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I have my first afternoon tea planned a month from now.
I’m an avid tea and sweats lover so I’m reeeaaaally looking forward to it!
Hope it’ll be good:-)

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4 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Have fun, Sofie!!
Let me know how it goes – the sweets are definitely the best bit ;)

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5 Evan | The Langham, Melbourne April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi Nicole,

Thank you for your kind words and excellent photos depicting our newest themed Children’s Morning Tea, Barbie and our traditional Tiffin Tea. We have been delighted with the feedback and your review was wonderful to read. We’re pleased that we could change your mind about scones and hopefully you’re now a scone-a-holic. Thank you for taking the time to review us and we hope to welcome you back soon.

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6 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Evan,

Thank you for taking the time to comment!
It was a wonderful day and a great way to spend my birthday
I hope to come back in time for the next school holidays… providing there is more of those delicious scones. ;)

Thank you again to The Langham and Melba’s for the wonderful Tiffin tea. :)

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7 Scarlett April 12, 2013 at 5:39 am

absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I want to go! I’ll definitely be paying a visit when I’m there in a few months xx

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8 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Do it! The Barbie High Tea won’t be on but there are plenty of other options, and if you’re there during a school holiday period there will be a different themed High Tea!

Hope to see you whilst you’re here!

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9 Toni April 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

Whhhhyyyyy am I not in Melbourne with you already experiencing this? It looks incredible!!!!! :D I’m licking the screen all your photos look that yummy haha

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10 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

If you visit during a school holidays then we’ll have to go. =)

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11 nicole | the wondernuts April 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

We had tea at a tea spot in Glasgow. The name escapes me though. We loved it. It was so peaceful and we could do people watching too, while staying warm. =)

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12 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Oh that would have been so nice! :) If you remember the name please let me know.

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13 Hogga April 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

It’s all so cute!

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14 Amanda @ Adventures All Around April 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

Oh wow! Loving the pink Barbie explosion in the High Tea… super girlie, super fun. I’ll have to add this one to the list next time I’m down that way. Thanks for sharing :)

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15 Nicole April 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Hi Amanda,

The Barbie High Tea only ran until April 19th, however each school holidays there is a different theme. They also have a list of about three different high teas which are available all year round.

Hope you get to enjoy a High Tea at the Langham on your next trip!

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