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Lilies on Brougham Tea Room, Shop and Nursery

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by Gina Boothroyd (subscribe)
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Published February 13th 2015
Saturate your senses with French serenity
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The serene setting of Lilies on Brougham will soothe all your senses


I'm certain I've been coming to Lilies on Brougham for more than a decade, and I love it every time. Whether it's a tasty selection from the choicest menu, an evocative gift from the tables of homewares or an exceptionally healthy pot from the nursery, a visit to Lilies will whisk you to a sensory haven that's hard to leave.

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Lilies famous scones make a perfect pause in the day


See.

The beautiful garden established by award winning landscape designer, Robert Boyle, presents postcard pictures around every corner, so take a stroll before or after you order and soak up the rare serenity of a provincial-styled wonder that gets better every year. Inside, the homewares are heartily French, with essentials like handmade pottery dishes and canisters alongside simple beauties like lanterns and baskets.

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The shop is very much about gifts for you too


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Take a stroll outside for a true gardener's treat


Hear.

French lyrics and canary song (from real canaries) create the backing track to the tranquillity of Lilies, so if what you need to hear is the latest gossip from your friend, or the sound of your own thoughts as they gather, there is no noisy clatter or hum here.

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Take your time at Lilies to enjoy every element


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The mudbrick cottage is available for intimate daytime functions


Taste.

With a new French chef escalating the authenticity of Lilies fare, there are now more treats on the menu (and that only makes it harder to choose), as well as the particularly yummy breakfasts, wholesome lunches and classic scones that have always come from the kitchen. Everything ripe and plump from Lilies' own kitchen garden finds its way to the plate for the freshest touch on a small, but well considered, daily menu.

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Breakfast is tasty and luscious


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French almond tart


Touch.

French bed and table linen adornments are mostly muted in calming taupes and grey, while colourful finery can be found on the racks of graceful clothing and tables of unique jewellery. Quaint animal toys and keepsakes in the same fabrics are fairly priced and special to put away for birthday surprises.

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The Lily and Lulu label denotes French finery and finness


Smell.

Layers of fragrance lie in the lotions, the coffee on call and the garden nursery outside. Large established pots have the potential to create an instant corner of France to take home and the varieties, subject to the seasons, are provincial provoking and exhibited frequently in Lilies own grounds. Keep the separate cottage in mind for small private functions of breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea that come with an instant point of difference.

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Healthy and established pots typify the nursery


This weekend if that French feeling strikes you, (or if you think you want it to), Lilies on Brougham will transport you to the top of the Eiffel Tower and back again, ma cheri.
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Why? You want the world with your coffee, and France appeals today...
When: Open 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm on weekdays (closed Tuesdays)
Phone: 9431 6622
Where: 62 Brougham Street, Eltham, Victoria
Cost: Menu varies and prices are fair
Your Comment
The scones look delicious
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1340 days ago
Hello Gina, I can't really say anything about the fashions and flowers but that food looks sensational! Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|467) 1340 days ago
Gorgeous photos! Next time I'm in Melbourne . . .
by Jasmine Crittenden (score: 2|144) 1340 days ago
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