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Top 7: High Tea in regional Victoria

/ 24 Jun 2018
A tradition that continues to appeal for sweet-toothed visitors, regional Victoria's High Tea experiences do not disappoint

Heronswood House and Gardens High Tea 
Sunday best attire optional for this High Tea at one of Australia’s most spectacular gardens - Heronswood House and Gardens. in the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour's drive from the city. Homemade finger sandwiches with fillings fresh from the garden and a range of sweets to delight the sweet toothed visitors are on the menu. Tea, coffee, Heronswood's own homemade cordial, or a glass of local sparkling wine will help wash down the goodness. Held on the last Sunday of each month in Heronswood's historic gothic revival restaurant set among two hectares of stunning gardens, including numerous food gardens which provide produce direct to the plate. 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana, VIC 3936, +61 (03) 5984 7318

High Tea on the High Seas – Searoad Ferries
Searoad Ferries services are normally busy ferrying travellers from the Sorrento end of the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, and back – but with the High Tea on the High Seas package, visitors don’t need to have a destination in mind. While watching the scenery of the peninsula slide by, guests can enjoy a selection of exquisite sweet and savoury treats. The bespoke two hour experience offers regional produce from both peninsulas, including a glass of sparkling wine, tea or coffee. Special occasion teas include the Blokes High Tea with sliders, pies and a paddle of beer. High Tea on the High Seas packages start at $55.00 per person and include immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Mansion SocieTEA: High Tea at Werribee Mansion Hotel and Spa
Every Sunday afternoon at the Mansion Hotel and Spa, T2 and Mansion Hotel present High SocieTEA; an exclusive series of high teas. A lavish spread of sweet and savoury delicacies is on offer and in winter, tea is served in the historic library with the ambient warmth of an open fire. Bookings are essential, and sittings occur every Sunday at 3pm for $80 per person. Gate 2, K Road, Werribee VIC 3030 reservations@mansionhotel.com.au + 61 (03) 9731 4000

Mary Eats Cake in Montrose
A new tea sanctuary in Montrose, one of the villages that make up the scenic Dandenong Ranges, with a quaint English front garden and cottage glam interior decor. The leafy Montrose backdrop is the ideal location to celebrate the delightful tradition of High Tea. At Mary Eats Cake all the pastries are baked by a French trained pastry chef and the extensive selection of traditional teas and modern herbal infusions are designed by a Tea Sommelier. There is the traditional three-tiered high tea, an artisan tea, a vintage tea, and even an occasional Fairytale High Tea for kids. Extra add-ons include a choice of a calligraphy workshop, a wine pairing package, cocktails, tea blending and more. 13 Leith Rd, Montrose, VIC, 3765. All High Tea bookings and groups of 6 or more require prior reservation, prices start from $52 per person +61 (03) 8394 5661.

Time and tide high tea in Port Fairy
Located in the Great Ocean Road boutique town of Port Fairy, Time and Tide’s High Tea is a welcome indulgence for travellers exploring the world’s most scenic coast. Sparkling rosé (or a soft drink) is followed by a spectacular three-tiered selection of hot and cold, sweet and savoury goodies fresh from the kitchen. Selections include assorted finger sandwiches, mini filled rolls, savoury pastries, tarts and muffins. And for sweet tooths, brownies, lemon tarts, lamington balls, baby cakes, mini meringue stacks and buttery scones. All accompanied with a steaming pot of refreshing loose leaf tea by T2 or an espresso coffee for only $59 per person. 21 Thistle Place, Port Fairy, VIC, 3284, Bookings preferred +61 (03) 5568 2134

Grange Bellinzona Hepburn Springs
Grange Bellinzona is a conference and events venue with accommodation in the charming Hepburn Springs township, part of Australia’s premier spa and wellness region just 90 minutes from Melbourne. The hotel’s Heritage Restaurant sits beautifully within the charming Edwardian style hotel overlooking the Wombat Forest. Decorated with antique chandeliers and grand mirrors, this beautiful dining hall is the perfect place for an indulgent high tea. Saturday afternoons is when the venue offers its popular Heritage High Tea serving home-made scones with double cream, dainty finger sandwiches, and petit fours all deliciously presented on tiered cake stands. 77 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, VIC, Australia, 3461 +61 (03) 5348 2271

Fortnums in the Dandenong Ranges
Fortnums is set in the heart of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, in the pretty-as-a-picture village of Sassafras just an hour’s scenic drive from Melbourne. As well as the specialty shops and the village offers one of Victoria’s most popular high teas. Fortnums overlooks the spectacular ranges and is the perfect setting for the indulgent high tea experience. The sumptuous selection includes hot and cold savories and ribbon sandwiches, followed by delicious scones and petite cakes, all prepared in house and served on tier stands with pattern bone china. Bookings essential, $45.90 per person. 395 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras VIC 3787, +61 (03) 9755 1200.

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