Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Melbourne Series #4 - High Tea at Chateau Yering...

 
Drive a short hour and a little more from the heart of Melbourne in an Easterly direction and you will find yourself happily placed in the picturesque Yarra Valley. This region is just on the edge of the urban sprawl where the last smattering of homes dotted at its fringes meet with the lush fields of Melbourne's daytripper playground.
Here is the epicentre of our city's boutique farm and cottage industries; home to everything from berry growers and crafters, to fancy chocolatiers, renown galleries and famous wineries. Seated very gracefully at its heart is Chateau Yering and specifically, its spectacular high tea experience offered at the beautiful Eleonore's restaurant.
My Melbourne Series #4 is an opulent experience and well worth the scenic drive!

 
Chateau Yering houses a collection of attractive buildings on its expansive property as you would expect of a hotel and winery. Eleonore's restaurant is situated in the oldest of these. The stunning mansion was constructed in 1854 and became a social centre in the Yarra Valley as the vineyards surrounding it grew successfully
On arrival we were ushered into this stunning drawing room which is original to the property. I could easily make myself at home here! It's just one of those rare 'rooms' you will chance upon in life that just happen to take your breath away. (Visitors whisper in here about how lovely it all is!)

 
 
The restaurant itself is a newer addition to the original building and is tastefully styled in the same period detailing so as to blend seamlessly. Our table was perfectly positioned to take in the sweeping mountain and valley views.
 
Heavy period-styled drapes frame the large bay windows.
 
Let the experience begin! The beauty of a high tea is the pace of the experience. Diners are served sparkling on arrival. Usually only one glass is tastefully served; a symbol of celebration and an invitation to relax. The choice of sparkling served at Eleonore's was an exquisite French one. This was such a mellow-flavoured wine with no bite whatsoever and perfectly matched to the food that followed.
 
 
On the menu were ribbon sandwiches containing Mediterranean vegetables, chicken with mayonnaise and cucumber (divinely flavoured!) and prosciutto with tomato.
Savouries included feta mousse tart with walnut crumb and salmon mousse with horseradish cream decorated with real blossoms! Every item exquisitely presented with flavours to match.
 
 
 
The High Tea itself. Always my favourite part of any high tea experience, is the arrival of the three-tiered stand containing the delicacies which are handcrafted by only the most qualified of chefs. Flavours are always placed to marry, dance and honeymoon together; little conversation stoppers as I like to call them. Chateau Yering's array was exceptional. There were fresh scones with house-made jam and cream, blackcurrant friands, chocolate and berry tarts with edible silver, lamingtons and the divine coconut and mango entremets.
 
The coconut and mango entremet was beautifully presented; an impressively neat, sharp-cornered slice with a moist custard-like texture and mellow flavour designed exclusively for adult tastes - stunning!
 
Bite-sized tarts packed with incredibly-merged flavours; a tiny tart is all that's needed
to feel as if you have eaten the whole pie!
Dining on the edible silver in these chocolate and berry tarts is a luxurious way to treat yourself.



The ceremony of tea drinking is an intrinsic part of the high tea experience. There's an extensive menu of wonderfully flavoured teas to try. It's both a difficult and pleasurable choice to make! I settled on the rose tea. These weren't just petals in the tea though but actual whole rosebuds which infused the loveliest aroma and flavour! A perfect end to a magical afternoon.


Tea ceremonies, offer experiences that are both historic and cross-cultural. They are a magical blend of serenity and tradition. A good quality high tea should allow diners to slip from the strains of the everyday and relax at a slower pace, enjoy conversation with good friends and sample foods with elegant flavours in beautiful surrounds. Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering offers all of these elements. We truly enjoyed every aspect of our afternoon in this beautiful area and wine house.
Chateau Yering offers several high tea experiences ranging in price from $55-$79 at Eleonore's Restaurant for a minimum of two people. Children from 4-12 years can experience a high tea for $40 per child. High tea is served on Sundays from 2.30-4.30pm. Visit the Chateau Yering website to book or to find out additional information.
 
Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel



42 Melba Highway, Yering, Yarra Valley, Victoria 3770, Australia
Linking up for IBOT

*Myself and a Guest received a High Tea experience at Chateau Yering's Eleonore's Restaurant
in exchange for my opinions expressed here.
Where in the world have you tried a High Tea?
 
 
 

25 comments:

  1. Oh wow *that* room! I remember when I was young that I always thought I would live somewhere like that! Alas, it wasn't to be ;)

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    1. That was my exact same fantasy as a child. It seems so easy when you are little too - shame the reality is so darn difficult!

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  2. I love High Tea - it's so decadent. My last High Tea was at the Mandarin Oriental in KL, and we ate so much we didn't go out for dinner!

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    1. It's surprising how filling a high tea is, isn't it?! I can never eat a meal after an afternoon spent dining like this.

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  3. Check out the stunning detail of the ceilings and drapes... like a trip back in time to another world! Feeling totally inspired to take a drive for some high tea myself!

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  4. Wow that room is divine - I love a high tea. I went to one recently in the hinterland around here on the Gold Coast, it was nice, but a little cosy, too many groups packed in.

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  5. Sounds amazing! I would love to experience a real high tea like that, so decadent! 1854 is seriously old, and those rooms look simply breathtaking. #teamIBOT

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    1. Breathtaking indeed! See how the other half 'lived!'

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  6. You had me at High Tea, Jodi. I'm there!

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  7. Oh , how beautiful the setting is, so evoking of a time to slow down. Beautiful photos. Makes me kick myself that I forgot to take photos at a friends 80th birthday held at someone's home. The theme was a high tea along with the hosts beautiful cups and saucers. Thanks for visiting by my blog. Greetings from Alexa.
    http://www.Alexa-asimplelife.com

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  8. ...ps...beautiful place to have taken our family to today as it is our sons birthday. Unfortunately we live in Sydney and he lives in Texas USA. All the very best , again. A lovely blog you have created.

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    http://Alexa-asimplelife.com

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  9. Yes, I think I would be more than happy spending a long morning there. Some old ceremonies are too wonderful, aren't they?

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  10. I have never had a decadent high tea like that! That drawing room is stunningly beautiful, it would absolutely take my breath away. I want to be there right now, someone invent a teleport machine already!

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    1. Alicia - you will have to go! They are unforgettable experiences.

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  11. Wow, that looks amazing! I remember visiting Yering Station out in the Yarra Valley about 10 years ago and coming away with a very nice butterscotchy chardonnay. I assume this is nearby?? A GREAT reason for another visit!

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    1. Yes! And swing by my place when you do - happy to attend with a fellow blogger! :D

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  12. That looks absolutely amazing Jody. A fabulous experience. I've never had a high tea experience, one day I hope :-)

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  13. That room is gorgeous! Makes me want to get out of Sydney and head there right this minute, shame it's a little more than an hours drive from here though :(
    Visiting from Sunday Brunch at Mums Take Five

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  14. Gosh, so fancy schmancy! I want to go for a proper afternoon tea now!! x

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  15. About 12 years ago I lived in Melbourne with my family and we used to love day trips to the Yarra Valley … it's so beautiful. That plate of little bite-sized tarts is making my mouth water … yum!

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    1. I took so many photos and I had to seriously edit my selection here. Craving those little tarts again :(

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  16. Oh my! That looks amazing, the food, and the setting, that's just made my "to do list"

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  17. I went to one a large in Sydney and it was awful - dried stale food .
    One in Blue Mountains - The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba was superb.
    The Chateau looks spectacular.

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  18. Great idea! I'll tell my Victorian friends about this it looks divine. I almost relaxed looking at it all :)
    Lucky you and a friend :) I hope you had a nice break and day xx
    Thank you for linking xx

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  19. So fancy and looks so delicious! I love little food xx

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