I've heard of this famous Devonshire Scones in Mt. Dandenong but never had the chance to visit this place on my previous trips to Melbourne. This time around I made sure that I won't give this place a miss ...........
Miss Marple's Tea-room! Miss Jane Marple is a fictitious character created by Britain's famed crime novel writer, Agatha Christie to solve crimes based on her observation and knowledge of human nature. An elderly spinster who lived in the quaint English village of St. Mary Mead, she was first introduced in the novel 'Murder at the Vicarage' in 1930. If you wish to know more about Miss Marple, check it out 'here'.
Now back to Mt Dandenong and Scones ..........
We arrived in Mt. Dandenong shortly after noon on a weekday but the place was already packed and we had to register for a table and told to come back in a hour's time. So we strolled along the rather quiet street to kill time and took some pictures of the neighbouring shops.
This is a sweet shop, just down the road, not many doors from Miss Marple's.
A gift shop, very beautifully decorated and you can spend quite some time there browsing through their display and maybe end up picking some souvenirs.
A shop selling an assortment of candles, in various shapes and size.
This tea shop sells a variety of tea but the place is a bit cramped.
See the 'old couple' on the chair .... so cute, it's for sale, can't remember the price but certainly not cheap.
Some antique and clothing outlets.
Before an hour was up, we returned to the tearoom and waited. It's a quaint, compact very Enligsh looking cottage and we were ushered to our table by a stern looking, no nonsense tea lady with an apron ....... somewhat like the figure you see in the picture! See the various bottles of jam on display and up for sale.
A quick look at the menu and we decided on ................
Fresh pumpkin soup
served with freshly baked buns and butter
Cottage chicken pie with a filling of chicken breast , chopped corns, peas and carrots, topped with mashed potatoes and served with their own sauce.
Smoked salmon, eggs, cheese and caper fingers topped with alfafa....... Finger food.
Finally .... what I was waiting for. Their much raved about scones served with a 'Teapot of Taylors'. These scones were different from the usual round, fluffy scones, in fact they resemble big cuts of square sponge cakes dredged with icing sugar. One plain and the other fruit. A bit dry I would say, but their homemade raspberry jam and freshly whipped cream did complement them. I have a feeling that these were baked in a big tray, then cut up and served as scones!
I like the raspberry jam, fresh and not too sweet.
Look at the assortment of tea pots up there below the ceiling.
Some pictures of Miss Marple portrayed by different actresses in the movies.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this post on Miss Marple's Tea-room and this wraps up my recent trip to Melbourne.
Miss Marple's Tea-room
382 Mt Dandenong - Tourist Road
Sassafras 3787, Victoria