A friend told me about this restaurant. It is in the country and not a place that you would just stumble across. I’ve never seen it advertised, so it is one of those places that survive on word of mouth. It would have to be good.
I liked the look, Queenslander style with large open decks.
The door was open with 2 elegant inlaid panels.
We were welcomed by Chris, the smiling and friendly owner of this delightful French Provincial Teahouse. It specialises in high tea. The range of teas was impressive, 15 blends from all around the world, a page of choices. I chose Peony tea because I had never heard of it before, it was light and flowery, quite delicious. Served in delicate, exclusive fine china on lace table clothes it was an impressive start to our meal.
We also ordered lunch and while waiting I looked around.
It wasn’t long before guests started to arrive.
I think it was a celebration.
Our lunch arrives and a photo is worth a thousand words…
Notice Jack is straight into his stuffed chicken and flower salad. Mine is a vegetable stack piled high with a variety of goodies, I found asparagus, mushroom, capsicum, kumera, courgette, onion and egg plant, home made pesto, fresh salad, small roast potatoes and crusty bread.
This is just one of the deserts that tempted us…
But we resisted them…
After lunch we looked around the garden area.
This looks like a very special High Tea function. I checked their web page and this is what it said.
History of High Tea
According to the legend of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting, the Duchess of Bedford is credited as the creator of Afternoon Tea. At first, the Duchess had her servants sneak to her chambers with a pot of tea and bread. The Duchess then invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal. This menu centred around small cakes, bread and butter, sandwiches and assorted sweets and of course tea. This practice was quickly picked up by other social hostesses.
At Teavine House, we specialise in the experience of High Tea “a cup above the rest”. For centuries, Tea Houses have been important venues to socialise, for special parties and to conduct special business affairs. We believe the experience of High Tea opens up conversations and helps people to connect.
Our dedicated team at Teavine House are committed to making your special occasion memorable.
I loved the attention to detail that made the atmosphere quite special.
A boutique gift shop next to the restaurant beckoned, so I had a look around.
After a memorable meal it was time to move on to the next stage of our day out.
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