Friday, January 11, 2013

Australia Trip 2012 Part V - Puffing Billy & Miss Marple's Tea Room




On the second day, we took a break from wine tasting and took the kids on a Puffing Billy train ride from Belgrave to Lakeside in the scenic Dandenong Ranges. 

The Puffing Billy railway was one of four low-cost gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas. Today, the historic steam train railway has become a tourist attraction and its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers.











We had a light picnic lunch at Lakeside partly due to the limited dining options at Lakeside and mainly because we had made plans to have a good afternoon tea at Miss Marple's Tea room.

The place was very crowded and we had to wait for a while for our tables. Miss Marple's is a popular tourist joint with a quaint English cottage exterior. Inside the tea room, pictures of Miss Marple line the wall and the warm lighting from the antique wall lamps provide coziness and a pleasant atmosphere. Waitresses were dressed in traditional black uniforms with white apron and nylons.

We ordered a variety (ham, cheese, salmon etc) of fingers and cottage pies to share. Food quality was not bad but definitely not the "To-Die-For" quality. After making sure there was no more hungry kids, we then have their devonshire scones, which is their specialty, over cups of coffee and tea. Their scones were not the typical scones... I mean, they tasted like scones with the beautiful jam and cream but they were not the typical round and fluffy scones but looked more like sliced sponge cakes.

There were hits and misses for this touristy joint but overall I would still recommend you to visit this place at least once when you are around the area to experience being in a quaint English tea room.

Hello wine, I missed you.



Miss Marple's Tea Room
382 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3787
Australia


Open daily 11:00am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day


















18 comments:

  1. What? No wine? Hehehe...the kids must have enjoyed the ride. I tend to dislike crowds but I guess it can't be helped sometimes. Too bad the food wasn't that great but at least it made for very good sight seeing.

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    1. Hi PH! Yes, the kids loved the train ride very much.

      This was actually my 2nd visit to the tea room, the last was in 2006. I felt the standard had dropped.

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  2. Oh, beautiful photos again. And I love and enjoyed viewing every photos here. I have missed visiting this "Puffing Billy" during my holiday in Melb. I loves going to the mountain and looking at tall trees, the breeze...well maybe next time. Looking forward to view more of your destination hol.

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  3. Your photos made the food look so good! That's good photography ;)

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    1. Ha Esther.... So do not trust my recipes (photos) until you try it yourself... :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos..

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  5. Such gorgeous photos. Reminds me of my trip to Melbourne. That was a very long time ago and I do wish I could go back again soon.

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    1. Thanks Mich! Stay tuned for more posts on this trip to relish your memories.

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  6. i see a jar of apple jelly there. do you know if that's for spreading too? the only type of jelly i know is our agar agar:D

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    1. Hi Lena! You eyes are sharp!

      Apple jelly can be used as spread on toast, to make sauce or marinade that goes really well with pork and chicken or even be used in dessert. Very versatile...

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  7. Fantastic photos ! Love Miss Marple's treats , they sure look delicious :D

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  8. Wish we had tea rooms like that in KL. Instead we just have tacky looking ones with bad decor.. haha!

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  9. I like how you get to sit like that in the train (the feet outside). Must feel great dangling feet and feels the wind! My kids will love that experience. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Make me want to visit!

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  10. Hi Alvin, excellent photos. Thanks again for the tour. I enjoyed all the very well taken pictures. Food presentation look impressive. :)

    Best regards.

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  11. Very enjoyable Puffing billy Tour with kids.

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