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High Teas to tempt your tastebuds in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

See & Do

15 Apr. 2021

High tea in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges – it’s the ultimate in food indulgence.

Who could say no to plates upon plates of decadent sweets and savouries while leisurely sipping tea and champagne in the company of friends and family? High tea originated in England in the 1800s with tea, cakes and scones and while the classics are still popular, there are also some modern twists on the originals to be found.

Note: Prices as listed are subject to change. Please check the individual websites to confirm the lastest information on menus and pricing.

Marybrooke Manor

Marybrooke Manor, a National Trust-listed Tudor-style mansion on the edge of Sherbrooke Forest, is the perfect setting for high tea, offered on Sundays, 1pm-4pm. Enjoy unlimited house-made scones with jam and Chantilly cream, plus other sweet and savoury morsels, Madame Flavour teas and brewed coffee. The cost is $50 per person and bookings are essential, phone (03) 9755 2755 or email enq@marybrooke.com.au

Olinda Tea House

It’s not just the traditional high tea on offer at the Olinda Tea House. For people who want a different twist on the classic fare, the Oriental Fusion high tea (starting from $66 per person or $78 including a glass of sparkling).

Your taste buds won’t be disappointed as you work your way through a range of delicious Asian-influenced petit fours, followed by Devonshire Tea. Select from our full range of international black, white or green teas, or indulge in a hot chocolate or espresso. For bookings go to www.olindateahouse.com.au or phone (03) 9751 0556.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Chocolates and free tastings, and now the popular tourist attraction is cooking up high tea (check webite for session times). Enjoy a refreshing drink on arrival, plus petite sweets, scones, pastries, ribbon sandwiches and bottomless organic local tea, barista-made coffee and real hot chocolate. Tea will be served at the chocolaterie’s shared long table in its private 'experience room', with each treat introduced by the head pastry chef and European chocolatier. Bookings can be made at www.yvci.com.au/classes or phone (03) 9730 2777.

Mary Eats Cake

Mary Eats Cake in Montrose has a quaint English front garden and intimate cottage interior décor and is the perfect setting for traditional and seasonal treats. Think scones with raspberry jam and cream, chicken and cucumber sandwiches, cheesy pumpkin and sage arancini, lamb and rosemary pies, salted lemon meringue, apple teacake, plus artisan teas blended by a tea sommelier.

High tea run for two hours Wed - Fri: 11 am & 2 pm Sat and Sun: 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.

Weekend options include a bottomless brunch 10 am, and gin high tea 4 pm.

Visiting with a group? Private rooms are available for 8 or more guests. Mary's Base packages start from $55 on weekdays and $62 on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of add-ons included such as mocktails, Champagne, cheeseboards and more.

They cater for vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, and pregnancy. ($4 surcharge for dietary needs). For bookings, go towww.maryeatscake.com.au/montrose or phone (03) 8394 5661.

Coombe – The Melba Estate

There’s nothing quite like high tea at the estate that was once the home of opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. Set on seven acres of landscaped gardens, the restaurant at Coombe offers Sparkling High Tea at 2.30 pm on Wednesdays and Sundays (cost $55), with elegant finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and house-made jams, and other desserts and cakes served alongside free-flowing Coombe Sparkling NV. Alternatively, kick it up a notch and go for the $75 Premium High Tea option, inclusive of the standard package plus a Melba Bellini cocktail on arrival, Duck sausage roll and Brioche lobster bun.

Bookings are essential, at www.coombeyarravalley.com.au/melba-estate or phone (03) 9739 013.

Chateau Yering Hotel

Have traditional high tea in five-star style at Chateau Yering on Saturdays, 1 pm-3 pm, and Sundays, 1.30 pm-3.30 pm and 2 pm-4 pm, in Eleonore’s Restaurant or the lounge. Sweets and savouries and house-made scones with fresh jam and cream are individually served to each table.

What makes this location so special is the grandeur and history associated with the venue, antiques and art second only to the magnificent view out across the grazing pastures, vineyards and Domain Chandon estate beyond. Truly an incredible location.

At $79.00 per person, it includes a glass of sparkling wine and for children 4-12 years, it's $65.00 per child including a soft drink or juice.

Bookings are essential, and dietary requirements are catered for, atwww.chateauyering.com.au/dining/high-tea/ or phone (03) 9237 3333.

Yarra Valley Lodge

When you think high tea, you probably don’t think of curry puffs (using a 100-year-old recipe, no less), but that’s what you get at Yarra Valley Lodge’s local take on the classic spread. Take time out of your Sunday afternoon, 2 pm-4 pm, for high tea including a tiered stand of curry puffs, pork belly croquettes and gluten-free scones plus condiments. There’s also a buffet of house-made patisserie sweets that showcase fresh, seasonal and local ingredients and served with beverages from the Yarra Valley Tea Co and Yarra Coffee. Cost is $49 for adults and $27.50 for children aged 3 to 12. For bookings, phone (03) 9760 3355 or go to http://www.yarravalleylodge.com/dining/high-tea