Afternoon Tea at Bellevue Receptions

Afternoon Tea is both a special occasion and one that is celebratory.

One origin story of afternoon tea, shared in the book 
“A Social History of Tea,”
credits Duchess Anna Maria Russell
with popularizing the tradition of serving afternoon tea to socialites lounging in low-slung armchairs. This low-tea social affair proliferated in the 1840s, intending to tide the ladies over from a typical light lunch to the more formal 7 to 8 p.m. dinner (but the real draw was likely the chance to catch up on daily goings-on in town or abroad).

Afternoon Tea is both a special occasion and one that is celebratory.

One origin story of afternoon tea, shared in the book 
“A Social History of Tea,”
credits Duchess Anna Maria Russell
with popularizing the tradition of serving afternoon tea to socialites lounging in low-slung armchairs. This low-tea social affair proliferated in the 1840s, intending to tide the ladies over from a typical light lunch to the more formal 7 to 8 p.m. dinner (but the real draw was likely the chance to catch up on daily goings-on in town or abroad).

Since it was never then, nor is it now, considered a proper meal, afternoon tea is generally light in nature. Enjoyed with family and friends in tearooms, some expected traditional foods are finger sandwiches (no crust, please), individual tea cakes, custards, biscuits, and scones with clotted cream and jam. It goes without saying that hot tea is a centrepiece of the experience, preferably Earl Grey, chamomile, or an herbal options. Though these days coffee and a variety of teas is generally on the menu, as well as the option to sip some sparkling wine or indulge in a cocktail.

Can we tempt you with a smoked salmon and cucumber sandwich? How about a mini cupcake with your tea? One of the best things about taking high tea is the undeniable feeling of old-world luxury – not to mention justifying a meal comprised mainly of cakes. Afternoon tea has become so popular in Australia to celebrate many occasions or to simply enjoy catching up with friends.

FOOD MENU

FIRST TIER

FINGER SANDWICHES SUCH AS; Smoked Salmon With Cream Cheese,
Cucumber, And Egg Mayonnaise With Cress Are The Holy Trinity
When It Comes To The Sandwiches Of Afternoon Tea. Want Meat Options?
Ham And Mustard, Coronation Chicken And Prawn And
Mayonnaise Are Classic Options With Flavour.

SECOND TIER

FRESHLY MADE SCONES WITH JAM AND FRESH CREAM.
While There’s Been Huge Debate Over Whether Cream Or Jam Should
Be Spread Onto A Scone First, We Recommend Jam First And Then Cream.
Cream Works Best In A Dollop On Top – The Finishing Touch.

THIRD TIER

CAKES AND PASTRIES
This Is The Area That Can Really Make Or Break Your Afternoon Tea.
So Play It Safe With Victoria Sponge, Bakewell Tart, Carrot Cake And
Battenberg Or Go For All Out Decadence With Chocolate Eclairs,
Raspberry Millefeuilles, And Creme Brulée Tarts.

TEAS

TOP PICKS

Earl Grey, Darjeeling, And English Breakfast Are Seen As The Traditional
Choices For Afternoon Tea, But More Exotic Varieties Like Lapsang
Souchong, Assam And Matcha Varieties Are Also Often Expected To Be
Among The Options On Offer.

TOP TIPS

Herbal Teas With Digestive Properties Such As Peppermint And
Turmeric Are The Perfect End To Afternoon Tea, And As With Other Varieties
It’s Important To Check Their Correct Temperature Point – Some Teas Are
Better Served At 85 Degrees Than 100.

CANCELLATION POLICY
We require guests to secure their booking with a credit card which will not be charged until the day of the booking. At least 7 days’ notice of cancelation, reduction/increase in numbers or change of date is required in order to avoid a cancelation fee.
If less than 7 days’ notice is given and if we are unable to fill your seats the following cancelation fees apply (includes a reduction in numbers and change of date);
• 100% menu price within 72 hours
• 50% menu price within 3-7 days
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
We are very happy to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements with advance notice. Please ensure you include ALL dietaries on booking or advice in writing at least 5 days in advance of your booking.
Please note: Dietary requirements may limit the variety available.
In the event your dietary requirements are quite restrictive, please contact us to discuss, as our intimate size can limit our flexibility in certain circumstances.
SEATING
Dining takes place either in the dining room, or on our veranda areas depending on group sizes, and weather. Due to the changing configuration of reservation numbers, we are unable to confirm or guarantee your placement within the restaurant. Please note there is disabled access available to the venue.
OTHER POLICIES
Menus are a sample only and subject to change without notice.
We only accommodate Children 10 years & over for high tea.
Please note there is a 20% surcharge applicable on all Victorian Public Holidays
GROUP BOOKINGS
For booking in excess of 10 people we require prepayment.
DECORATIONS
Balloons and any single use plastic decorations are not permitted due to environmental and wildlife impacts.
If you are celebrating a special occasion we are able to accommodate a byo cake from a suitably licensed cake maker with a complete list of ingredients on the box. A fee of $5.50 per head applies for service of the cake.
ONLY AVAILABLE
High Tea is available Wednesday to Sunday. Please arrive at your booked time. High Tea sessions run for 2 hours – 2pm to 4pm.