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