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Hopetoun Tea Rooms

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Published November 24th 2017
Delicious dining in beautiful surrounds
For old-fashioned hospitality in beautiful surrounds. head to Hopetoun Tea Rooms. The Victorian Ladies' Work Association operated a small tea room in shop 6 from1893 until 1907. The association disbanded but the tear room continued to operate in the present location of shop 2 and was renamed in honour of their esteemed founder, Lady Hopetoun.

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The window draws crowds (image JW)

The tea room is decorated in a Victorian style with dark green elegant wallpaper, etched mirrors, marble table tops, fine china, cut crystal glassware and small vases of flowers on the tables. The largest etched mirror in the Southern Hemisphere sits on the back wall reflecting on the 'ladies who lunch' since 1891. The room is small and the seating is a bit cramped but the layout of tables has not changed since the Victorian era.

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Tea for two (image JW)

Prepare your palate by gazing at the beautiful window display, then take time to peruse the menu. I would suggest booking a table if you have a large group or are wanting to have a breakfast or lunch meal, otherwise, you will need to join the queue to wait for an available table.

After a short wait, space was found for our group of seven excited women most of whom opted for a Devonshire tea. They could not stop talking about the quality of the scones, "the best scones I have ever had", "OMG" etc. The soft light scones were encased in a crunchy outer crust and served with a scrumptious jam and sufficient whipped fresh cream. My lime tart was presented nicely and tasted as good as it looked - the combination of tangy creamy filling on a crunchy base is hard to beat. One friend chose to eat the French style vanilla slice which was so delicious that six takeaways were promptly ordered.

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Fun times (image JW)

To complement the food, there's a wide range of organic teasto choose from. I can recommend the lemon myrtle and ginger for something refreshing and different. Specialty tea is available for purchase from $20 to $30 a box. The coffee and milkshakes were also pronounced as good quality.

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Delicious lime tart (image JW)

For a special occasion, book into a High Tea, reservations and payment must be received 48 hrs in advance.

Takeaway is available from the counter and the beautiful large cakes can be ordered from $70 to $130 two days prior to being needed.

Step into the refined elegance of The Block Arcade just off busy Collins Street and enter Hopetoun Tea Rooms for a deliciously fun time.
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Why? You enjoy tea & cake
When: Seven days a week 8am - 5pm
Phone: 03 9650 2777
Where: The Block Arcade 282 Collins Street Melbourne
Cost: Depends what you have, High Tea $55 pp
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