Stella Maris Tea Rooms – Warrnambool

Description

These vintage tea rooms in Warrnambool are named after the town’s original tea rooms from the 19th century. Quality tea and scones in the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

The review of this tea room in Warrnambool is designed to fit in with our tour of vintage buildings in Victoria and this tea room was great for a proper afternoon tea around a visit to the Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse. There’s no book planned for now but a new website for Vintage Victoria is up and running now. Take a look at our earlier books, though…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

Loose leaf tea here so that’s always a plus. There is an offer of free tea if you just want a tea bag and a pot of hot water, but if you have come onto Fancy a Cuppa to find good tea, I’m sure you won’t be talking up that offer!

Lovely home-made scones with jam and cream went down a treat. I liked the Loch Ard offer of toasted marshmallows, hazelnut spread and jam on sourdough, too, though not sure whether they really ate that on the Loch Ard before it sank? There are other things to eat, and they are focusing more on lunch than afternoon tea, really, but for us at Fancy a Cuppa, this was good enough and a great place for tea in Warrnambool.

Named after the original tea rooms in Warrnambool in the 19th century, Stella Maris. 

Address

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, 89 Merri Street, Warrnambool, VIC 3280, Australia

Contact details

Tel: 

Web address

No separate web presence for the tea rooms. They are part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, but the website for the Village scarcely mentions the tea rooms…

Opening Hours

11.00am – 2.30pm on any day the Maritime Village complex is open

Getting there

The tea rooms are down the cobbled street inside the Maritime Village complex, on the right hand side as you walk down the slope. 

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Hopetoun Tea Rooms – Melbourne, VIC

Description

These tea rooms in Melbourne’s Block Arcade go back over 120 years. You won’t get a more elegant setting for afternoon tea in Melbourne.

The review of this tea room in Melbourne is designed to fit in with our tour of vintage buildings in Victoria and this tea room was great for a proper afternoon tea around a visit to the Block Arcade. There’s no book planned for now but a new website for Vintage Victoria is up and running now. Take a look at our earlier books, though…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

High Tea is top of the bill at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, with a three-tier tray of sandwiches, quiche and cakes/scones plus a pot of loose leaf tea. But you have to reserve this in advance and they only have a limited number of slots per day, so if this is what you’re after, book ahead.

If your’e just joining the line outside the tea rooms for tea on spec, as we were, the wait isn’t too bad usually, and you have time to gaze at the cakes in the window so you know what you’ll choose to go with your tea when you do get your table. There are lots of fancy teas on offer, but if you like the basic black teas with a drop of milk, they have a great selection with several Earl Greys to choose from, a Darjeeling and even the basic breakfast blend is deliciously tasty.  All in all, a really good experience.

Address

The Block Arcade, Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 (3) 9650 2777

Web address

http://www.hopetountearooms.com.au/

Opening Hours

8.00am – 5,00pm Monday – Saturday

9.00am – 5.00pm Sunday

Getting there

The tea rooms are right by the Collins St entrance to the Block Arcade, so you may well see the Hopetoun Tea Rooms board out on Collins St before you spot the tea room itself. If in the arcade already, just look for the shop with the longest queue outside it. 

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Willows Tea House – tea room in Aireys Inlet, Victoria

Description

Fabulous tea room on the Great Ocean Road in what used to be the stables for the lighthouse keeper at Split Point near Aireys Inlet. Loose leaf tea and home-baked cakes, a rare treat.

The review of this tea room in Aireys Inlet is designed to fit in with our tour of vintage buildings in Victoria and this tea room was great for a post tour cuppa after a visit to the nearby lighthouse. There’s no book planned for now but a new website for Vintage Victoria will be up and running soon. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

It’s not often you get a loose-leaf brew this good in Australia, but the big red pot they served us at the Willow Tea House did just the job on a cold windy day out along the Great Ocean Road. The tea is from Victorian based suppliers Tea Leaves. The first time I’d come across this brand but I’d look for it again as the quality was excellent.

The cakes in this tea room are delicious, too. All made in-house by the couple who run the place. He makes the scones (really soft texture and melting in your mouth with the jam and cream), while she makes the other cakes like the Victoria Sponge I tried, which was generous in its size but light, even with a wedge of fresh cream through the middle. Top stuff here. And seats both outside and in, with even some of the outside tables nicely sheltered from those onshore winds…

Address

7 Federal Street, Aireys Inlet, VIC 3231, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 (3) 5289 6830

Web address

Willows Tea House Aireys Inlet on Facebook (lots of reviews and check-ins but no updates to speak of)

Opening Hours

9.00am – 4,00pm Daily

Getting there

The tea house occupies the old stables building of the Split Point lighthouse. It’s right by the lighthouse obviously and a few hundred metres from the Great Ocean Road itself. There are a few buses each day from Geelong to Apollo Bay, but only one at the weekends so time it right if you are on public transport. 

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