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Hopetoun Tea Rooms

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by Anthea Lau (subscribe)
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Published December 8th 2011
Situated in the heritage Block Arcade, Hopetoun Tea Rooms is more than just a high tea destination, but carries an interesting history behind its vintage appeal.

A small tea room was originally operated by the Victorian Ladies' Work Association from 1893 to 1907 at the site. Followed by the disbandment of the organisation was the emergence of Hopetoun Tea Rooms, named according to the founder of the association, Lady Hopetoun.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Displayed behind the glass window of the tea room is an array of gorgeous cakes, tarts, pastries, and more baked goods that looked absolutely enticing. I was definitely having a hard time choosing one to share with my friend.

The tea room channels a late 19th century sumptuous charm, and implied within is the importance of proper etiquette. Its interior features a Victorian style wallpaper with distinct patterns of triffid flowers in a combination of white, black and dark green. A large etched mirror was placed in the middle of the room with a few smaller ones in the corners, adding a sense of spaciousness. Further, wooden furnitures and marble-topped tables blend into the scene exceptionally well. The entire room simply spells elegance and grandeur.

Glassware and silver cutlery

Splendid interior

And of course, here comes the food review.

Scones are indeed one of the best available in my opinion. Fresh from the oven, they are still warm and soft in the centre. Served with cream and strawberry conserve smeared over the top, it was an instant mood lifter. I especially appreciate how the basic English breakfast staple is done beautifully.

Club sandwiches

I had been craving for a good sandwich for quite awhile, and the club sandwiches at Hopetoun Tea Rooms completely fulfilled my overdue desire. The crispy toasted wholewheat bread holds layers of chicken, brie, avocado, and tomato and lettuce, accompanied with some amazing dressing. This sandwich is undeniably a winner.

Pavlova. A beloved classic of Australians. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the crisp crust and its inner lightness and fluffiness. Moreover, the sweet yet tangy fruits are great compliments to the dessert.

Raspberry and Pistachio cheesecake

The baked raspberry and pistachio cheesecake has a very rich, creamy texture. Besides the layer of raspberry jelly that could be seen on top, there are in fact bits of fresh berries embedded in its middle section. My only negative comment would be that the crushed pistachio was not crunchy or flavourful enough for my liking, otherwise it is undoubtedly a lovely piece of cheesecake.

It is fortunate that after all the events and history, the tea room is still blooming with glory and remains to fascinate. The wonderful ambience and comforting food are set to offer customers an authentic tea experience.
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Why? Great ambience and pleasingly great food
When: Anytime
Where: Shop 1&2, 282 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: $5 - $20
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