High Tea at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Mt Lofty House, Adelaide Hills

High Tea at Hardy's Verandah Restaurant, Mt Lofty House
High Tea at Hardy's Verandah Restaurant, Mt Lofty House

There is so much history and beauty at Mt Lofty House. English lawyer Arthur Hardy originally bought the house after migrating to South Australia to seek out a warmer climate.

In 1983 Mt Lofty House was sadly victim to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia. In the mid-eighties, Mt Lofty House was rebuilt and restored to a luxury boutique hotel for the public to enjoy and is highly successful today.

We were incredibly lucky to enjoy the stunning Piccadilly Valley views with the high tea held in the Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant (HVR).

All high tea items are freshly made on the premises. HVR blend their own black and herbal teas with tasty and interesting flavours ranging from Chamomile Coma to Floral Blush.

The HVR high tea items tasted great; and were full of flavour and freshness. The standout for me was the house-made waffles and liver pate with Truffle Honey. The flavours were so interesting and worked so well. My only complaint is, there was not enough of it! I could have easily taken an entire plate outside and feasted on them while enjoying the views.

Katsu is also a flavour I am fond of and the one at HVR did not disappoint. The Chicken Katsu sandwich with wasabi mayo and celeriac sauerkraut was moreish.

The HVR seasonal macaron had fresh cream in the middle instead of ganache. It was a fabulous change and lifted the standard macaron to a more enjoyable level.

The Green Tea with vegan chocolate ganache and sugar floss was creative with innovative and pleasurable flavours.

66% Valrhona Dark Chocolate Marquise was to die for. A full-size birthday cake with these flavours and texture would be amazing!

High Tea at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant in Mt Lofty House was luxurious, tasty, and worth doing more than once! After the High Tea we walked around the grounds and soaked up the beauty and gardens of Mt Lofty House.

Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant High Tea Menu:

High Tea at Hardy's Verandah Restaurant
High Tea at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant

(items may vary)


  • Leek and Bacon Quiche
  • Smoked trout, rye bread, gribiche
  • Fresh cucumber and cream cheese sandwich
  • House-made waffles and liver pate, Truffle Honey
  • Chicken Katsu sando, wasabi mayo with celeriac sauerkraut


  • 66% Valrhona Dark Chocolate Marquise
  • Local Yuzu and Lemon tart, finger lime
  • Green tea with vegan chocolate ganache, sugar floss
  • Shortbread type of scones, jam, and cream
  • HVR Seasonal macaron

Unlimited Tea and Coffee

Black Teas and Fruit and Herbal Blends including:

  • French Earl Grey
  • Nanna B’s Tea
  • Green Citrus Cleanse
  • Floral Blush

Please advise of any dietary requirements when making your booking.


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Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant at Mount Lofty House:

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1 Mawson Drive, Crafers, SA 5152


Prices start from $79 per person.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Angie McBride

Angie got her passion for high tea, in particular scones from her Nanna. She would stay at her house regularly and they would bake scones, pasties and cakes for hours. Angie’s scones are quite popular amongst her friends. She says they need to be traditionally made though – kneading the butter and making a well for the milk! Not cream and lemonade thank you! She is a self-confessed tea snob and loves a great quality tea. She says it’s lovely, soothing and there’s nothing like a pretty tea cup.

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