A stroll through the Botanical Gardens in any city without having to dodge vehicles is a welcome respite and a great way to relax in the urban environment. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is no different, and I relish being surrounded by lush foliage and duck and swan filled lakes. The Terrace Tea Rooms are perfectly placed by Ornamental Lake. The venue has a large seating capacity both indoors and out and I can only imagine that it’s a popular spot on weekends. It’s a serve yourself cafeteria style set up, with plates of scones, jam and cream set up like sentinels along the counter. I load my tea and scones on to a tray and take a table with the best lake view I can find. I am pleasantly surprised that the scones taste so good considering they are cold and sitting uncovered, but it is only lunchtime. Soft and fluffy, the scones are well worth the stop, but slightly warmed up would be better. The cream is thickly whipped, with plenty of it and the jam to go around. I can understand why they need so much space!
Tea: A small selection of Temple Tea Co loose-leaf tea in teabags.
Overall: Surrounded by nature with a serene view of Ornamental Lake.