Castle Delight in Keilor

Overnewton Castle, Keilor

Overnewton Castle, Keilor

$$$ | Keilor | High Tea | Coffee | Weddings | Accommodation | Private Functions

If it wasn’t for a groupon voucher I stumbled upon one day, I would have never known there was a tutor-style castle so close to home! Overnewton Castle was built in the 1800s and sits high on Overnewton road overlooking the Keilor plains. It’s a popular spot for weddings, private functions and romantic getaways, so to also pair it with high tea seems like a match made in heaven.

High tea in a historic castle? My idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon.

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I decided to treat my parents since they had never been to high tea before and we had a great time exploring the gardens and taking photos before we went in for our treats.

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It’s still hard to believe such a historic landmark has been sitting here since the 1800s and we had never seen nor heard about it before! Needless to say we were pretty excited to see what was inside.
20140518_121905There was quite a wait to be seated- the staff seemed flustered and were wandering around aimlessly instead of showing guests to their tables. However once we were inside the awe of being in such a historical building  distracted us from the fact that our waitress had almost spilled champagne all over the table!

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Now to the good part- the food. I have to say I was extremely impressed with the quality and presentation of our platter- everything was delicious.

Roast beef, egg, and turkey sandwiches

Roast beef, egg, and turkey sandwiches, sausage rolls & ham and cheese scrolls

The roast beef sandwiches were my favourite- I’m not sure what they did with the mustard but it was creamy and light and just married so well with the roast beef. Loved it. The ham and cheese scrolls were also tasty and had a nice crunch to them and the sausage rolls, well, I can’t say I have ever had a bad one so they couldn’t have really gone wrong!

Raisin scones, plain scones

Raisin scones, plain scones

What can I say, scones with jam and cream is one of my favourite things in the world. Overnewton’s definitely did not disappoint, they were fluffy on the inside and had a slight crunch to them. YUM.

Vanilla slice, chocolate eclairs, chocolate cake

Vanilla slice, chocolate eclairs, chocolate cake

Of the three platters, the sweets were the least impressive for me. I found the assortment to be far too sweet for my taste and found it to be a fairly heavy end to an otherwise enjoyable high tea.

20140518_122533Overall I loved the high tea experience of Overnewton Castle. The food was of a high standard and the atmosphere of dining in a castle made it all the more special. I have to say I enjoyed it more than high tea at Stamford Plaza in the city.

Highly recommended!

Tips & Tricks:

– Make sure you arrive early, especially if you have a voucher as the service is slow
– Book well in advance as high tea is only on set dates

Ambience: 5/5
Food: 3.9/5
Service: 3/5, clumsy
Value for Money: 4/5

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Rd, Keilor
(03) 9331 6367
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A very brief history for those interested– Overnewton Castle was built in 1850 by William Taylor who settled in Keilor from Scotland. He owned 13, 000 acres of land and initially built Overnewton as a simple homestead, later turning it into a castle after a trip from Scotland. There are over 35 rooms inside . The castle has retained a lot of its original features such as the tiles in the bathrooms, stoves and shutters and apparently features a stunning spiral staircase. It’s a beautiful setting for private functions and occasions and you can even get married here!

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