The ultimate romantic afternoon tea / luncheon for two

With centuries of tradition, this wonderful afternoon ritual owes its origins to  Anna, the 7th  Duchess  of Bedford.  A  special time to share, to celebrate and reconnect.

The ultimate private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2, features an extensive selection of traditional loose leaf teas, single origin coffees, plus delicious  herbal alternatives.

Enjoy tiered plates  brimming with finely cut and rolled cucumber and dill, watercress and salmon, and chicken Waldorf sandwich selections, the tiniest hand made savoury  butter pastries and delicacies, exquisite hot & cold savoury delights along with delicate and authentic French  pastries.

Melt in your mouth French petit fours; mille feuille,  madeleines ,signature fresh cream cakes,  and light  fluffy scones  are served  with organic  small batch, house-made  local  fruit preserves.

Romantic country inspired Portmeirion Botanic Garden china and antique C18th and C19th hallmarked sterling silver pieces  and the finest Italian linen will be used for service.

The cost for the private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2 for tea in the majestic and beautiful Kings Chambers suite is $580.00 for 2 people.

A  lavish bunch of unique wildly romantic flowers from the extraordinary  Ivy Shed  can be included for an additional $190.00.

For additional people the cost will be calculated to suit numbers. 6 guests are the maximum number for any afternoon tea booking.

Tea will be served in the King’s Chamber in front of the  roaring log fire (subject to weather conditions).

Tea / lunch afternoons will be 2 hours duration.
Time; 1pm-3pm.

It is a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience the ultimate private “afternoon  tea luncheon” at Thorngrove.

A totally private experience for two.   A ” tea goodie box” is also provided to extend and share your special celebration beyond your visit here.

This is a unique and indulgent opportunity providing for marriage proposals, anniversaries, birthdays , corporate incentives and any special private celebration.

Indulge that special person in your life……Gift vouchers are available on request.

At Christmas Special yuletide specialties, spiced pears, with food and scents to entice are served – gingerbread, nuts cranberries, Hennessy Brandy, the festive medley of balsam, species, cranberry, orange nutmeg and sweet spices: all the flavours of Christmas.

Real Men Drink Tea!

The ultimate  private afternoon tea / savoury luncheon for men

Real men drink Tea!  Afternoon tea is usually the domain of women; dressed up and eating the tiniest pastries and decadent sweet cakes.  Afternoon tea, by its very nature, tends to be perceived as a little bit……girly.    Whilst Thorngrove still holds the ultimate private afternoon tea/luncheon, we have created another indulgent afternoon tea/luncheon,  primarily with savoury options and created with men in mind,  and for those who prefer savoury food.

There will not be a macaron, or sponge in sight.

Offerings include, Wild boar & thyme sausage rolls, Scotch eggs, from Thorngrove’s own hens,  Local double smoked bacon and cheese scones with handmade butter, Hahndorf  venison & ale pies, Wild meat (kangaroo, emu and goat) and vegetable pasties, Potato cakes and Beetroot, chocolate and whisky Cake.

Phone: (08) 83396748  Afternoon tea enquiries to  for additional information

Romantic Dinners – the continuous banquet Indulgence and convenience-experience private in-room dining.

Renowned for fine imaginative cuisine, a 4 course multiple-choice menu, using the very best of local fresh produce is served course by course, individually to suites at guest’s preferred  time. $173.00pp.

Singular private chef dining for 2 people only.

The  ornate candlelit dining room is available by prior special request ($60.00 surcharge applicable).  All rooms/suites have formal antique tables and chairs for totally private dining.

Rare C18th/C19th European antique hallmarked armorial  sterling silver pieces feature in dinner place settings.  Be part of a continuous banquet that  started almost 300 years ago.   Finest pure Irish linen napery  is used  for table settings: inc Sferra and antique linen.

Light  local cuisine with a bountiful selection of Organic and Bio-dynamic produce. No GM foods used.

The focus is on the freshest possible ingredients, many salad and vegetable varieties and fruits from the garden. Herbs are from the Manor’s organic kitchen garden.

Eggs from our free-range hens. South Australian  sustainable seafood featured. Thorngrove promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

BYO welcome-Thorngrove does not sell alcohol.


STRICT LIMITED DINNER RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED- Dinner bookings may only be  reserved in advance,  at the time of booking your accommodation.   This ensures availability of organic and bio-dynamic produce.  Dinner is available only for arrivals prior to 4.30 to ensure preparation time.   Alternatively there are many fine restaurants and cafes in the local village.  Dinner selections are not pre-prepared prior to arrival.  Later arrivals have the option of a bountiful regional charcuterie platter.


A casual dining option is available for guests-A regional charcuterie tasting platter with the best of local  Adelaide Hills produce.
The platter  needs to be ordered 2 days prior to arrival

A celebration of local produce within a 100mile radius.  $49.50 per person. Includes tea/coffee/Evian water.  A lighter casual option for dinner.  Produce varies seasonally.

PERFECTLY POSH PICNICS, in the garden at Thorngrove Manor-for couples only.  Picnics may also be enjoyed by the lake at the Mt Lofty Botanic gardens nearby.
The novels of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens featured wonderful picnics. Once reserved for wealthy country people on estates, the Victorians held the most amazing and extravagant picnics. Mrs Beeton’s book of household management in 1861 featured picnic suggestions. The popularity continued with the Edwardians who loved the idea of an outdoor picnic with tables and chairs.  As an extension of our Ultimate Private Afternoon Tea, perfectly posh picnics  are designed for couples to celebrate momentous occasions in their lives. Exquisite handcrafted picnic fare  includes regional delights, including South Australian prawns, local smoked salmon and regional cheeses, handmade pate and delectable desserts and fresh fruit from local orchards and providores. With not a thermos in sight, tea or coffee can be ordered by phone from the garden. Crystal glasses, Portmeirion Botanic Garden china, a traditional Tweedmill Polo blanket made from the finest of English wool and an English willow picnic basket make this a truly memorable and sophisticated  occasion. It is perfect for romantic proposals. $75.00 per person.
Classical music from a string quartet or soloist can be provided for an additional cost.
Bookings are essential.  Our picnics are only available to resident guests of the Manor.

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