The Tea House goes all funky at night

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While glis­ten­ing chan­de­liers and vel­vet chairs con­tinue to make The Tea House a favourite place for high teas and cel­e­bra­tions, some ex­cit­ing changes have been brew­ing.

The quaint 1890s villa in the heart of Lin­coln has taken on a more ca­sual feel at night, with bistro-style meals and de´cor now adding to the cafe´ and restau­rant’s charm.

Vane­tia Bing­ham, owner of the venue, says cus­tomers will find the fo­cus has shifted from fine dining to some­thing a lit­tle funkier.

‘‘Come night time, din­ers will find less white table­cloths and for­mal­ity and more of a re­laxed at­mos­phere lit up by eclec­tic can­dles,’’ she says.

There’s a new range of mod­est meals on the menu, in­clud­ing the beer-bat­tered, mar­ket-fish and chips with hand-cut fries and tartare sauce.

The gourmet burger; com­pris­ing a house-made beef pat­tie, ba­con, har­vati cheese, house-made may­on­naise and tomato rel­ish and salad greens on a sour dough bun, is an­other de­li­cious ad­di­tion.

‘‘As well as our new of­fer­ings, we still have a range of old favourites on the din­ner menu,’’ Bing­ham says.

‘‘This in­cludes the fil­let mignon, a prime fil­let of beef that’s cooked the way you like, wrapped in ba­con and topped with a Por­to­bello mush­room on a potato gratin with steamed greens and a be´ar­naise sauce.

‘‘There’s also the lamb rack, with a pink pep­per­corn, sea salt and macadamia crust, served with herb fon­dant potato, lo­cal pork and lemon sausage, steamed greens and a port wine jus.’’

By day, The Tea House con­tin­ues to ex­ude plenty of so­phis­ti­ca­tion for spe­cial oc­ca­sions like bridal showers, baby showers, hen par­ties and ladies’ lun­cheons. Vin­tage jugs and sugar bowls and pretty wall­pa­per set a de­light­ful scene, while the out­side con­ser­va­tory of­fers beau­ti­ful gar­den views.

The lunch menu has plenty in the way of fresh, sea­sonal fare, in­clud­ing the prawn and mango salad, green­lipped mussels and open chicken sand­wich.

While The Tea House has wel­comed re­cent changes, Bing­ham as­sures din­ers the same great dining ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We haven’t taken any­thing away; in­stead we’ve added to what’s al­ready on of­fer to en­sure an even bet­ter ser­vice and wider range,’’ she says.

The cafe´ and restau­rant can also cater for cor­po­rate func­tions, birthdays and other events, with spe­cial menus and pri­vate rooms that can be hired out.

The con­ser­va­tory is a nice spot for cock­tail func­tions, with a new bar soon to open in the out­side space.

The Tea House, at 6 Robert St, Lin­coln, is open Tues­day to Sun­day from 10am, and din­ner is avail­able Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 5.30pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to thetea­ or to make a book­ing call 03 325 7242.

Gar­den views: The Tea House at Lin­coln has a great con­ser­va­tory for all kinds of spe­cial func­tions.

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