Traditional High Tea in Bright

High Tea setting

The Riverdeck Cafe is delighted to serve a traditional High Tea in Bright on the 3rd Sunday of the month*

Steeped in social history this lovely afternoon tradition is a great way to catch up with friends whilst enjoying scrumptious scones, sweets, tasty savouries, ribbon sandwiches and bottomless tea or coffee.

The History of High Tea

The British tradition of High Tea may have originated from the working man’s fare or as a social activity of the “higher” classes.

Said to have begun in the mid 1700’s as an afternoon meal for the exhausted working man upon his return home. The meal consisted of cakes, scones, cheese and tea served either standing up or seated on stools at a “high” dining table.

The creation of afternoon tea however, is often credited to the 7th Duchess of Bedford who complained of a “sinking feeling” around 4pm when waiting for the gentlemen to return from their luncheon parties. Topics of the day were often discussed at great length. With dinner not being served until 8pm Lady Bedford had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and some breadstuffs during the afternoon.

Lady Bedford soon invited friends to join her for this afternoon meal where ladies discussed ‘tea business’.  This gave women a social outlet to discuss topics which were deemed unsuitable for women to discuss in mixed company.

The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly adopted by other upper class hostesses. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea.

It was around this time that John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich had the idea of placing meat and other fillings between the slices of bread and thus the High Tea sandwich was created.

High Tea soon became known as an important event on the social calendars of the “leisure classes” and provided a practical purpose allowing Ladies and Gentlemen the opportunity of a substantial meal before attending the theatre or card nights.

So invite some friends and enjoy the delectable delights of an age old tradition.

High Tea at the Riverdeck:

Traditional High Tea at the Riverdeck includes a range of delicious sweets, scones with jam and cream, tasty savouries, and ribbon sandwiches plus bottomless T2 teas or Lavazza coffee.  $30 per person. Add to the celebrations with a glass of bubbles or wine from our local wineries.

3rd Sunday of each month from 2.30pm. Next High Tea in Bright Sunday 20th November.

Bookings essential. Email us or phone 5755 2199

Gluten free options available

*not available December and January



Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Riverdeck Cafe is perfect for enjoying this great event.

The Labour Day long weekend (March 12-14th) brings the most amazing event to beautiful Bright.

Founded in 2013 the Brighter Days Festival is a weekend on Music, Motorbikes, Cars and fun all designed to raise funds for two children’s charities:

Riverdeck cafe a great destination
Riverdeck cafe overlooking the sound shell

1. The Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Fund

At the age of 16 months Cooper Trewin tragically passed away during his sleep for no apparent reason. In his memory a research fund was established to find the cause of this disease. Combined efforts have resulted in an International SUDC research project between the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Florey Institute in Melbourne. Find out more at

2. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

EB is a rare skin disease where the sufferers are missing the ‘glue’ that holds the skin to the rest of the body, making the skin as fragile as a butterfly wing. The only treatment is daily wound care, bandaging and managing the daily blistering and bathing of the wounds.

More information can be found at

What’s Happening

Activities for the Brighter Days Festival start Friday 11th March with the Cottonball Run from Whittlesea to Bright.

The fun starts Saturday morning in Bright with the Make It /Bake it/Grow it Market just below the Riverdeck Café in Howitt Park.

Check out the Custom bikes at Harley Central in Howitt Park throughout the weekend.

Entertainment kicks off in the Sound shell around 10am and continues all-day and late into the evening when headliners Ross Wilson &Daryl Braithwaite perform.

The Riverdeck Cafe in Bright is open for breakky and lunch with the kitchen serving a special Brighter Days dinner menu from 5 – 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our deck, right above Howitt Park, is the perfect place for a meal, coffee or a cold drink. Enjoy all the entertainment all weekend. We are fully licensed with a great range of regional wines by the glass too.

Sunday- Why not start the day with a fabulous breakfast at the Riverdeck café in preparation for the day’s activities. The entertainment starts at the sound shell with some great country music from12pm. Rock your afternoon and evening away with the Screamin’ Eagles and get your Mamma Mia on with Bjorn Again.

The Riverdeck café will be a great place to eat, drink and enjoy all the entertainment throughout the festival.

For the full low-down on the Brighter Days festival visit the website

Reserve your table at the Riverdeck for Saturday and Sunday night by ringing 57552199 or email us

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