The Tea House
Selwyn 03-325 7242
- Mon & Tues 9.30am – 4.30pm
- Wed – Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm, 5.30pm – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Out Catering
- Children's Play Area
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 60 inside, 4 outside
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Set in a beautifully renovated 1890′s villa, The Tea House offers High Teas and lunches during the day and evening dining 5 nights a week.
There are chandeliers throughout the restaurant and lovely velvet seats on every setting. During the day vintage china trios and tiered cake stands are on each table and in the evening white tableclothes and candles make for a very elegant scene.
Our passionate and creative chefs are producing exquisite food, fresh daily and from locally sourced producers where we can.
Enjoy the elegant glam of yesteryear either for a beautiful evening meal, a High Tea with your friends or just pop in for a coffee and one of our delicious home made cakes.
2 Reviews for The Tea House
The china, tea pots etc are perfectly lovely, so the place has a great feel until you get their tatty horrible cheap looking menus – please please update these, they are truly disgusting!!! would be four stars but its a few little things that really lets this place down from being as lovely as it could be – but overall still delightful place for morning or afternoon tea and was a pleasant experience.
I arrived with another person and went to enquire about a table for two. I could not find anyone in the restaurant, and when I did, they had bare feet with their shoes kicked off beside the pathetic ‘reception’ area.
She chose to answer the calling phone before greeting us, and confirming that a table was available – the place was completely empty.
I would have left the restaurant at this point, but I had heard from friends that they did a good lunch/afternoon tea.
Once seated, we were presented with sloppy menus in a plastic sleeve. Very worn and unprofessional, particularly with the old-fashioned ‘high tea’ theme the restaurant is trying to pull off. The waitress was the same person who greeted us on arriving, with a pen stuck in the top of her hair. The specials were rattled off at such a speed we didn’t catch half of what she was saying.
We shared an entree of breads – these were very oily, but acceptable.
For the mains, we ordered a Salmon dish and a steak meal. The Salmon was still cold in the centre, from being re-heated, and while the steak was well-cooked, the potato gratin that it was served on tasted strongly of plastic. A side of vegetables was served, and we assumed it was to be shared, however it was smothered in a thick cheese sauce which almost rendered it inedible. The meals were particularly average for the price ($40 per main dish), and the combination of flavours was nothing spectacular. Had I been asked if I was enjoying my meal, I would have told the waitress about these issues.
As we dined, numerous flies pestered us, and we were swatting them away with our hands while eating inside. It wasn’t just one pesky fly, but a number. The waitress noticed us swiping, but offered no solution.
In addition to this, some of the dishes we were served on were chipped Moreand cracked – this was very poor, and this combined with the mix of modern decorations and old crockery and ‘tea house’ theme ruined the appeal of the dining experience.
We were not offered any drinks throughout the entree or the main, however a bottle of water was supplied. I don’t believe we should have had to request for a drink – isn’t the waitress supposed to do this?
We left without having dessert/coffee as the meal and more specifically the waitress was so terrible. At $98 for one entree and two mains, with no drinks etc, this was a very expensive mistake.
Despite others recommending this place to me, I would not recommend for an evening dining experience. Perhaps they do a good cup of tea during the day??