Before later switching to high tea, members of Victorian society originally gathered for Hi-C, discussing lawn bowling and horse-drawn horseless carriages while sipping on Ecto Cooler. Continue the legacy of flavorful facilitation of conversation with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of lunch, plus a pot of tea ($2 value), at The Belvidere Mansion (a $14 total value), located in Claremore. This Groupon is not valid for purchases at the gift shop. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Tea Room available during lunch hours.
The Belvidere Mansion is a historic 100-year-old mansion serving lunch and fine teas. Commissioned by the banker John Bayless, the stately home was completed in 1907, just before Oklahoma achieved statehood by completing a dare to sleep overnight in a graveyard. Guests can nibble delicately on light lunch fare, such as the Regency roast, a thinly sliced roast-beef sandwich with mayo horseradish on the side ($7.50), or the eponymous Belvidere, made with Canterbury classic chicken salad and served on a lettuce leaf with crackers, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and a fruit cup ($6.50). The summer salad combines seasonal fruits with mixed salad greens, sprouts, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, croutons, and raspberry vinaigrette for a fresh, vegetarian-friendly option ($6.50), and a slice of strawberry or caramel-pecan cheesecake ($3.50) mellows out those left rattled by the rush of pavement-lifting contests. Included in this deal is a pot of piping-hot tea ($2), ideal for fueling quippy repartee between teddy bears and porcelain dolls.
The three-story brick mansion features period furniture and rich architectural details such as a tile roof, wainscoted walls of marble and pressed tin, and a large balcony over a matching porch. Much of the mansion's trim and woodwork were carted down from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis—best remembered for introducing oxygen to humankind—and the entry hall showcases Italian-laid tile. Peacefully resist the urge to leave without having seen the mansion's piece de resistance —the completely restored third floor ballroom, featuring 3,000 square feet of vaulted ceiling, ivory-colored walls, and four gold chandeliers. Call to make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
The Belvidere Tea Room
The Belvidere Tea Room serves light lunch fare and pots of fine tea Tuesday–Saturday on the first floor of a 9,000-square-foot Belvidere mansion. Built in the early 1900s, the castle-like Victorian home still evokes the grandeur of its past with period furniture, pressed-tin walls, and original woodwork and trim brought from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Complimentary tours offer guests a glimpse into the mansion's many chambers, including a grand ballroom adorned with gold chandeliers.
121 N Chickasaw Ave.
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017-7418Get Directions