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The Light Factory Gallery Tea House

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published December 1st 2012
Is this Melbourne's best scone?
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Could this be the lightest fluffiest date scone in Melbourne?

I had heard from friends that this was the best place for a Devonshire tea in the Eltham radius, so went for a taste check.

I couldn't have been more delighted.

the light factory gallery tea house
Learn how to make freshly baked scones and then sit down and enjoy

The Light Factory Gallery Tea House is at the back of the Light Factory Gallery, an important local gallery that opened in Eltham in 2010.

Chris was chief cook and washer upper on the premises on the day of our visit.

The fact that the tea house was strewn with Gourmet Traveller magazines seemed a good sign. Plus the menu looked enticingly gourmet.

Signage at the Tea House

Items such as baked field mushrooms stuffed with semi-dried tomatoes, goats cheese parsley and oregano $14.50, penne Alla Fiorella's - (mum's italian tomato basil garlic sauce) $16 or baby pizzas with salad. Choices included goats cheese, caramelised onion and pesto or roast pumpkin, fetta, caramelised onion and thyme. (Both $14.50)

To top it off, there were lots of home made cakes such as middle eastern orange and almond meal $6.50, citrus tart $6.50 and Chris' famous chocolate brownies $4. These would have to wait for next time because we went for the scones and would not be deterred. There was quite a selection including plain and date and a first for me, blueberry scones.

All were high and fluffy and served with whipped cream and delectable berry jam.

Chris has been asked for his scone making secrets so many times that he now runs scone making demonstrations which are followed by patrons sitting down to his freshly baked scones.

The experience only takes an hour and is well worth it. This must be pre-booked.

Afternoon tea comes on a lovely jumbled assortment of crockery. Chris said people simply donate bits and pieces and they bring in some gems.

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Lovely jumble of interesting crockery

The premises are delightful. There is a slate floor, high beams and a cosy fireplace for winter. Yet because the tea house is solid brick it is cool (as well as air conditioned) in summer. So the perfect place to escape to, whatever the weather extremes.

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Cosy whatever the weather

There are comfortable couches and quiet corners plus seating in a gorgeous courtyard outside, which has a constantly changing display of outdoor sculptures and art work.

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Comfortable couches

You can also make an afternoon of it and wander through the gallery which has an ever changing display - mostly of local artists.

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In an old Alistair Knox designed factory now an art gallery

Fittingly for a building with regional artistic connections it was designed by Alistair Knox, who is often described as the father of the mud-brick movement in the region.

In the outside courtyard

The artwork photographed is all for sale and is by various local artists. There is an ever changing display, including those in the outside courtyard, so that each time you visit you arrive to a fresh artistic experience.

Wonderful artwork in the courtyard

All art work is for sale

An eclectic array of fascinating art work

All kinds of artwork both inside and out

All art work is for sale

Chris also does high tea packages for a very reasonable $29.50, but you need to book ahead. He promises three indulgent courses and if his scones are any example, I am sure you will be suitably delighted.

Oh, and if you want to work off your Devonshire tea, the Light Factory Gallery is only minutes from walking and bike trails that cover around 30kms of the local scenic area.

Vases of greenery
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Why? To experience possibly the best Devonshire tea in the area.
When: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00am-4:30pm - but often opens at 9am on weekends for breakfast check for details.
Phone: Phone: (03) 9431 6823
Where: 21 Brougham Street Eltham. The Tea House is located behind the gallery. Entrance is via the side gate and through the sculpture garden. For more information visit
Cost: From a few dollars
Your Comment
Wow, I didn't know about this spot - it sounds wonderful! Thanks for opening my eyes to delicious scones and art in Eltham. This is now on my list!
by Sue Williams (score: 2|847) 3066 days ago
Yes, that is a pity.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6026) 1498 days ago
This place looks so cosy, I'd love to have tea here.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 3048 days ago
The cafe business didn't last long, as it turned out. I wonder if Chris got sick of baking scones...? I loved the interior of that house - shame it's now just being used as a store room for the new cafe business housed in the light factory.
by ElizaDoLots (score: 1|97) 1498 days ago
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