Afternoon Tea / Dinner / Picnics

The ultimate indulgence, a private romantic afternoon tea/luncheon for 2 in the Kings Chamber.

Create precious and unforgettable memories. Perfect for the hopeless romantic. 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, indulge and reconnect.

Intimate personalised service from the artist/creator of Thorngrove Manor.

The ultimate luxurious afternoon tea/luncheon for 2, features a curated selection of the finest traditional loose leaf teas, single origin coffees, plus delicious herbal alternatives and Altina La Vie en Rose.

Hot savoury and dessert courses are served in sequence.

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; miso chicken and SA king prawns, along with delicate   bite-size pastries. Melt in your mouth petit fours; mille feuille,  madeleines, signature fresh cream cakes,  and light  fluffy scones  are served  with organic  small batch, house-made  local  fruit preserves.

Lose yourself in the fairytale.

Experience the perfection and whimsy of Wedgwood Mythical Beasts or the romantic country inspired Portmeirion Botanic Garden china, with antique C18th and C19th hallmarked sterling silver pieces.  The finest Sferra Italian linen will be used for service.

The table posy can be taken home as a memento of this extraordinary occasion.

An exclusive, private and unparalleled offering, the cost for the uniquely private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2 in the majestic and beautiful Kings Chambers suite is $899.00 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. 4 guests are the maximum number for any afternoon tea booking.

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

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

Gift vouchers are available on request.

Tea / lunch afternoons are 2 hours duration from 1pm-3pm.

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, cranberry, orange nutmeg and sweet spices: all the flavours of Christmas.

Tea will be served in the King’s Chamber in front of the roaring log fire (subject to weather conditions). Indulge that special person in your life.

Real Men Drink Tea!
The ultimate  private afternoon tea, savoury luncheon for men

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.

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 crocodile)
  • buffalo pasties
  • potato/parsnip cakes
  • beetroot, chocolate and whisky cake.

The cost for the private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2 for tea in the majestic and beautiful Kings Chambers suite is $899.00 for 2 people. Unsuitable for vegans.

Afternoon tea enquiries:

Phone: (08) 8339 6748 


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

Celebrating special moments. Romantic and bespoke. Singular and intimate, private chef dining for 2 people only.

Be part of a continuous banquet that started almost 300 years ago.

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.

Finest pure Irish linen napery is used for table settings including Sferra and antique linen.

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.

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. $193.00pp.

Light local cuisine with a bountiful selection of Organic and Bio-dynamic produce. No GM foods used. Vegan options are not available.


Dinner bookings preferred at the time of making your accommodation booking. This ensures availability of organic and bio-dynamic produce. Booking must be made a minimum of 10 days prior to arrival.

BYO welcome-Thorngrove does not sell alcohol.

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.

Charcuterie Platters

A casual dining option is available for guests only.

A regional charcuterie platter, featuring the best of locally sourced Adelaide Hills produce. Can include, duck, rare roast beef, chicken and prawns and house-made salads.

The platter needs to be ordered 4 days prior to arrival to prepare the produce.

A celebration banquet platter prepared in the Thorngrove kitchen with every detail thoughtfully considered. $73.00per person.

The platter includes tea, coffee and Evian water.

This is a lighter, but substantial, 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.

Perfectly posh picnics are designed for couples to celebrate momentous occasions in their lives. Enjoy a memorable alfresco feast.

Exquisite handcrafted picnic fare includes regional delights, including South Australian prawns, local smoked salmon and regional cheeses, handmade pate and delectable desserts, salads and 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 English willow picnic baskets, make this a truly memorable and magical occasion. Sustainable plant based, compostable and recyclable containers are used. Perfect for romantic proposals.

$85.00 per person. Each picnic banquet is unique and individually prepared in the Thorngrove kitchen.

Bookings are essential. 

Our  dinners, picnics  and platters are only available to resident guests of the Manor.