Erna’s Elderberry House: The Valley’s only four-star restaurant adds new Sunday option

Erna’s Elderberry House is adding a monthly high tea.
Erna’s Elderberry House is adding a monthly high tea.

The only restaurant in the Valley with a four-star Forbes rating, Erna’s Elderberry House, has added something new: high tea.

Monthly high tea will happen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the Oakhurst fine dining restaurant, not far from Yosemite National Park. The next scheduled tea is Sunday, May 5.

It costs $68 per person.

Tea will be served in Royal Albert teapots. Three tiers of sweet and savory food will be available, created by executive chef Robert Snyder III and pastry chef Dylan Mellela with seasonal ingredients.

For example, expect the menu to include goodies like cherry and toasted pecan scones, tea sandwiches, anise and chocolate biscotti, truffles, smoked salmon and fresh fruit. A carrot-ginger mousse with winter seed medley and pastry filled with duck confit could also be on the menu.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call 559-683-6800.

The high-end eatery, on the same property as the Chateau de Sureau hotel, also serves dinner, brunch and a has a rock-lined cellar bar that serves wine, cocktails and small bites.

Bethany Clough: (559) 441-6431, @BethanyClough

Bethany Clough covers restaurants and retail for The Fresno Bee. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and her last name is pronounced Cluff.