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An Afternoon at Miss Marples

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by Angie (subscribe)
Melbourne-based freelance writer & graphic designer.
Published May 21st 2009
Now that Autumn has arrived and the days are getting chillier, there's nothing better than abandoning the grey streets of the city and heading up to the Dandenong mountains for a relaxing afternoon. An hour's drive from the city along the Eastern Freeway and you will find yourself in another world, where roads wind through scenic mountain bush land and hilltop villages are waiting to be explored.

One such village is the popular Olinda, which is one of the first stops along the mountain highway. Lunch at Miss Marples tearoom is a must, where you can enjoy traditional Devonshire Scones with homemade jam and cream. There are also many tasty lunches to choose from such as the delicious quiche Lorraine served with a generous side of chips and salad, or a hearty shepherd's pie. The cosy atmosphere and inspired décor is a great place to chat and indulge.

A big lunch can be followed by an exploration of Olinda's many shops and nearby parks, including the well-stocked shelves of Tea Leaves, a shop offering more than 300 types of tea.
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Why? A lovely escape from the city to the beautiful mountains.
When: Any time
Where: Miss Marples open daily, 11am-4.30pm
Cost: Varying
Miss Marples is in Sassafras, about 5 minutes from Olinda. It is great. There is also another cafe next door called Ripe. It is awesome!
By darre8 - reader
Wednesday, 20th of May @ 10:54 pm
miss marples is considered to be in sassafras. I agree, ripe is fantastic, my brother works there :)
By pussi - reader
Monday, 4th of January @ 11:11 pm
I probably wouldn't make a special trip to visit Miss Marple's but if you are about it is worth a visit - very quaint and cost ambience
By Bernadette - senior reviewer
Sunday, 6th of February @ 08:58 am
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