MFWF 2012 – Vintage High Tea @ Werribee Mansion
I was lucky enough to be invited to Werribee Mansion again this year as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Last year they held an unforgettable 19th century degustation dinner, and this year they hosted a vintage high tea on the balcony of the historic mansion.
We arrived to a lovely glass of champagne and we were escorted to our table. It was lovely to catch up with Patty and Sarah, and talk to hotel manager Adrian Dent. He said they are looking at making the high tea at the mansion a weekly event, so if you like the look of this, keep your eyes out for it later on in the year.
Perfect weather and an amazing view of the grounds made for the perfect setting to indulge in the delicious looking high tea caddy. A colorful variety to choose from; scones, madelines, strawberry macarons that tastes like iced vo-vos, chocolate sponge lamingtons (my favorite!), apple tarts, ribbon sandwiches, savory muffins, as well as mini pies and quiches. All amazing and beautifully presented.
We sipped on Melbourne Breakfast blend by T2 in the cute cups that were also from T2. They matched perfectly with the historic location.
There was also a mention of a possible game of badminton or croquet on the program, but there was a wedding on, and a music festival setting up in the grounds, so I think there wasn’t any room for it at the last moment. Not that that was a problem, we enjoyed a walk around the gardens anyway to walk off the high tea.
Hamsley was lucky enough to come with me to enjoy the accommodation at Werribee Mansion Hotel & Spa. We had dinner in the bar of the hotel, dipped our feet in the pool and veged out in the cloud like bed for the night. I was watching horrible tv shows, whilst Hamsley played with my first, and new iPad.. *yay!*
We were very impressed by the serving size of the dishes in the bar. I wasn’t sure if I should eat ribs or meatballs. I was torn between my two loves. I put the question out to twitter and it was a unanimous vote for ribs. Well, I definitely wasn’t expecting so much meat on the ribs! They were cooked so well, the meat was so tender and just fell off the bone. Hamsley went for the burger and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast and took the hotel’s bikes out for a spin. We also enjoyed a picnic hamper prepared by the kitchen on the lush greens of the park, which made for the perfect ending to such a lavish weekend.
Iron Chef Shellie and Hamsley stayed at the Werrribee Hotel Spa courtesy of the Lancemore Group and QStrategies.