Review: High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Share:

Review and photos: Michelle Milton

High Society takes tea in the Myer Mural Hall.

After being closed for many years the art deco gem that is the Myer Mural Hall reopened after an extensive renovation in April 2011. The Mural Hall is now open to the public for high tea on the last Sunday of each month. This is a stylish and refined high tea (afternoon tea) experience that features classical music and art history.

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

On arrival a glass of sparkling wine is offered to guests and the high tea is displayed on tiered cake stands. An assortment of fine bone china, glass tea ware for milk and sugar and with linen napkins set the tables.

On the day we attended musicians from Chamber Music Australia performed while we sipped our tea. Art Curator Kenneth Park gave a talk on the history of the murals and classical guitarist Daniel Nistico performed. Daniel is a graduate from the VCA and recently won the Global Youth Music Competition.

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

There is a generous serving of food set up and tea top ups are offered. My favourite item was the roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese and pistachio tart. The chicken sandwiches where filled with chunky pieces of chicken and the scones fresh and petite.

Menu
Savoury:
- Selection of tea sandwiches: poached chicken with homemade herb mayonnaise; poached egg with mayonnaise and rocket and smoked ham with piccalilli relish, cress, mayonnaise and sliced cheddar.
- Sweet potato, sage and feta fritatta
- Roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese and pistachio tart
- Quiche Lorraine
Sweet:
-  Traditional buttermilk scones with berry conserve and pure cream
- Glazed éclairs
- Selection of macarons
Beverages:
-Glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
- Freshly ground coffee, assorted teas and infusions.
- Rich hot chocolate or iced chocolate made with real chocolate shavings and house made marshmellows

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

The Mural Hall is located on the top floor of the Myer city store, Mural Hall is called so because of the impressive collection of 8 original murals displaying influential figures from the arts, opera, literature, dance and fashion. So significant are these murals, the venue has been honoured with a National Trust Classification. The murals where created by artist Napier Waller. Sidney Myer, the founder of the then Myer Emporium commissioned the artist to create the murals, which act as a tribute to women and their achievements throughout history.

“It has such a heritage, having been the place where Sidney Myer fed the homeless during the Depression and it was where Chanel and Dior held fashion shows out of Paris in the 1940s.” Myer spokesman Mitch Catlin

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

Myer Mural Hall

High Tea at the Myer Mural Hall

This is the high tea event you will want to dress up for. Most guests had dressed for the occasion and I would go as far to say as this is the best dressed crowd I have seen at a Melbourne high tea event.

The Mural Hall is the high tea venue I’ve been waiting for. The Mural Hall is a unique and grand venue, serving generous portions of delicious food, hosting a stylish audience and showcasing a live entertainment package of classic music and art history.

Myer Mural Hall
Location: Myer Building, Bourke Street, Melbourne
Map>
Cost: $70 per person, includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival and entertainment.
When: The last Sunday of the month.
Website: http://www.muralhall.net.au

Share:
  • Monique

    Looks amazing and I am dreaming of all of that fabulous surroundings and fabulous food. Would love to be there.

  • Cazzababe28

    Just attended High Tea today June 2012 and enjoyed the event thoroughly – good company, fabulous ambience and well fed by the afternoon tea.   Just one thing – the entertainment was rather loud for an  afternoon tea – couldn’t hear anyone speak on our table.  Perhaps a little more quiet – perhaps just a cello  – but not the deafening band we had today.  On the whole I would recommend it but for the band!

  • Kylie

    Just attended July 2012 – This is about the venue and entertainment more than anything – the food is good but not the star attraction – just traditional sweets and savouries – not as much variety as the above pictures either.

  • Perdu

    Attended High Tea in April 2013. The Mural Hall and the crockery were lovely, but that was where the experience ended! The ticket said ‘decadent’ afternoon tea. I do not believe that three finger sandwiches, a scone, two savoury tarts, a small friand and a macaron is classed as decadent. More sandwiches, scones and tarts were offered. The food was quite plain . I will not be recommending this High Tea to others.