I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published June 7th 2012
Miss Marple's Tea Room is one of my favourite places in Melbourne. Its a tourist attraction within its own right, as well as being a beloved retreat for Melbournites seeking a decadent treat and perfect cup of 'Yorkshire Gold', which was voted best tea in England by the British Tea.
Image courtesy of Karon Photography (karonphotography.com.au) and Miss Marple's Tea Room (missmarples.com.au)
Miss Marple's was inspired by Agatha Christie's delightful character of the same name. The tea room is a gallery of Miss Marple memorabilia in gorgeous black and white photos.
I visited Miss Marple's Tea Room during a week day. There is no way to book Miss Marple's, but we were lucky not to encounter a waiting list as on weekends or public holidays. If we had, we simply would have enjoyed a walk in the area taking in the other shops and curios.
Miss Marple's decor is like walking into an English cottage owned by your favourite Grandma. The staff are an absolute pleasure with vast knowledge of the entire menu.
The menu contains soup, finger sandwiches, pies and ploughmans lunch, their absolute famous Devonshire scones with cream and jam, classic desserts including bread and butter pudding and hot and cold beverages.
On this occasion, my party of three had desserts including the whimsically named Mr Stringers Sticky Toffee pudding, Belgium waffles, which don't appear on the menu but were offered as a special and two pots of Yorkshire Tea and one Chai tea.
The portions were very large and filling. The Sticky toffee pudding was described as authentic and delicious and being a Brit - Ill take his word! The Belgium waffles served with berry coulis and either cream ore ice cream, were not overly sweet and perfectly matched with the tart coulis.
The prices range from $5.50 to $16.00 and are extremely reasonable considering portion size and the fantastic ambiance.
I love Miss Marple's and cant recommend it more highly.