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In the Media: SA’s ‘best’ high tea, whisky lounge at Mount Lofty Estate

Mount Lofty Estate. It’s one of the most iconic venues in South Australia.

It has come a long way in its 170 years, particularly in recent decades, and is now home to the historic Mount Lofty House and Australia’s best luxury lodge, Sequoia, the award-winning Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Martha Hardy’s Kitchen and Gatekeeper’s Day Spa.

The Estate has also become a food and wine destination in its own right with three restaurants and five bars now onsite, and the introduction of High Tea, new whisky and cigar lounge and immersive outdoor dining experiences, all available to overnight guests and day trippers.

We’ve brought together all the best things happening at Mount Lofty this year.


Prepare to be enchanted by the newest offering at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant – an exquisite High Tea experience now available every Saturday and Sunday. Perched atop Mount Lofty, the restaurant is renowned for its impeccable service, breath-taking views, and culinary excellence. Now, guests can indulge in a refined afternoon of luxury with a thoughtfully curated High Tea.

Chef Jin Choi has crafted a delectable assortment of delicate finger sandwiches, crafted with the finest local and seasonal ingredients. The selection will also include divine sweet treats, heavenly scones, petit fours and cakes served on quintessential tiered stands.

For an added touch of indulgence, guests can enhance their High Tea experience with a glass of Estate Sparkling or French Champagne.

Private bookings are also available, allowing for a personalised and intimate event.

When: every Saturday and Sunday (two sitting times)
Price: $79pp
For more information, click here.


The Arthur Waterhouse Lounge is located on the lower level below the Hardy’s Bar and Restaurant, and exudes an air of sophistication and refinement with its tastefully designed interiors, featuring plush leather seating, warm lighting, and a relaxed atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance, surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts who share your passion for cigars, cognac, and billiards. Open to both overnight guests and day visitors, the lounge also provides the ideal environment to unwind, socialize, or walk out to the tiered lawns which overlook the Piccadilly Valley. In the warmer months you can also wonder outside to the outdoor Terrace Garden Bar.

When: Opening daily from 5pm til late
Price: Varies
For more information, click here.




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