If you're an avid Agatha Christie fan, or just a sucker for great tea and scones like me, you have to look no further than Melbourne's famous Mrs Marple Tea Room.
The little English cottage in the beautiful Sassafras area of Mt Dandinong is one of the many tourist stops that will exquisitely delight the morning or afternoon tea palate.
There's something about Sassafras that takes you to another world in Melbourne. Old cottages, unique shops and fresh organic food stalls, it's a weekend paradise. As you walk in and out of the line of shops, you're sure to need a warm cup of tea, and where else but the renowned Mrs. Marple Tea Room.
As you enter the cosy cottage that is the tea room, you're taken back to another era. The cottage is inspired by Agatha Christie's character, Mrs. Marple, and is drowsed in her memorabilia. Black and white photos, hard covered books, old phones, its definitely a trip back in time. If you're like me and have never picked up an Agatha Christie book, you'll still find the artifacts fascinating. Be sure to ask the staff about the history of anything that intrigues you, as there's a story behind each piece.
As you sit down in the warm cottage, you only have to glance at the other tables to figure out what the place is famous for . Yes, tea of course, but what better to go with the tea than Mrs. Marples famous scones with their fresh jam and cream. Ah, what a delight. Although there are lunch options, tea and scones is definitely a preference here for me.
You're probably thinking, well, tea and scones. That's it? I could make that at home, what's the big deal? The big deal my friend is the ambiance of this place. The freshness of the scones, jam and cream. The comforting warm pot of tea. The whole experience has a beautiful old English charm. You're taken to another place, if only for while.
The staff are a friendly bunch, but the wait to get in might be a little longer than expected. Mrs Marples tea rooms do not take bookings, and works on a first come first served basis. I think it only fair, otherwise the tea room would be booked in advance till Christmas. So don't mind the wait, it's a little price to pay for an afternoon's indulgence.
Miss Marples Tea Room is a truly popular place. My wife and I spent the weekend at a Bed and Breakfast in Olinda, and the following afternoon we went to the Tea Rooms to only discover that they were completely booked out for the day.
Oh well, at least it gives us another reason to take ourselves back there!
By Luke Davies - senior reviewer Saturday, 10th of September @ 12:35 am
Luke, don't bother! Went a few months ago and was looking forward to the experience. Alas, while the atmosphere lived up to Nidhi's description, the food and service left much to be desired.
Service was quite surly from staff who appeared exhausted by only 1pm!
And the food? The rarebits were no better than the basic cheese on toast I make at home. As far as the scones were concerned, the abominations slanderously called scones are a murder mystery worthy of Agatha Christie herself! Instead of the traditional round scones found in every other reputable Devonshire Tea establishment on Earth, what Miss Marple served were just slices of overpriced dry cake! Yes - long, narrow slices...
It would be interesting to know the rate of repeat business, apart from the once-only tourist trade.