The Tea House goes all funky at night
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 theteahouse.co.nz 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.