Afternoon Tea at Hadley’s
Ever wanted to feel like Royalty? Once the reserve of the landed gentry, taking Afternoon Tea in the opulent surroundings of Hadley’s Orient Hotel is now an experience everyone can partake. Hadley’s is the oldest hotel in Hobart built by convict labour in 1834. Originally known as the Golden Anchor Inn, the hotel underwent many changes of name and owners. Not to be denied though, is its importance in Hobart’s history. The heritage-listed hotel plays host to almost two centuries of stories, scandals and secrets to be explored. The floor boards whisper of the hotel’s rich and often tumultuous history. The halls house memories of gentlemen’s lunches, nights of cabaret, and the most marvellous soirées. The very fabric of the property is woven with tales of convicts, entrepreneurs, celebrities-past, and countless other patrons of days gone by. Some such figures include Sir William Don (1862); Tasmania’s first royal visitor, the Duke of Penrieve, France (1866); Dame Nellie Melba (1909); Antarctic explorers Douglas Mawson (1911) and Roald Amundsen (1912); and a host of visiting governors, premiers and prime ministers.
Today, the hotel has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated to reflect its Victorian history. It is heritage listed and has won numerous hospitality and tourism awards.
We are pleased to be partnering with Hadley’s Orient Hotel to provide an exclusive Carriage Tour and Afternoon Tea Experience. This tour we offer Hadley’s guests is unique and can only be experienced by booking your Afternoon Tea Carriage Ride with Hadley’s.
Guests can relax in comfort on a personalised 45 minute guided tour of the historic Battery Point area. You’ll then be returned to Hadley’s in the carriage where you will enjoy an Afternoon Tea Experience. The elegantly restored Atrium at Hadley’s is a stunning space for the traditional Afternoon Tea experience reminiscent of the Victorian Era. Afternoon Tea has been an institution at Hadley’s for many years. Diners enjoy a selection of fine loose leaf teas accompanied by the quintessential three-tiered stand consisting of Hadley’s freshly baked signature scones, delicate sandwiches, delightful savouries, and traditional sweet treats reminiscent of the Victorian era. Attentive service complements the finest quality Noritake china. From the hand-crafted wooden tea display menu, to the crisp white linen, to the quaint sugar cubes and tongs – no detail is overlooked.
Tours depart at 1.00 pm on Fridays and guests will be seated for an Afternoon Tea Experience at 2.00 pm. Bookings prior to the day are essential. Bookings can be made with Hadley’s Reservations team by phoning 03 6237 2999. .