Only a 10-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Studley Park Boathouse is a hidden gem. Surrounded by bushland, it’s the perfect city escape even if you only have an hour or so to spare. The pretty leafy parkland is a treat for picnickers, and for those who want to burn some calories can hire a rowboat, canoe or kayak and paddle along the Yarra River. Established in 1863, the boathouse offers a few dining options; restaurant, cafe and kiosk, which cater for every budget and/or occasion. For a Devonshire Tea, the kiosk is a safe bet as it’s open daily. It’s a pay and collect system, and the scones are served in a cardboard box with plastic utensils. This may not be appealing to some but the scones are sensational. Freshly baked, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, it punches well above what I had expected. I find the cardboard box quite rustic, what I don’t find appealing is the portion controlled jams. The quality is better than the Allowrie brand, but still. The whipped cream is fresh but a tad light, and there isn’t much of it. If the scones weren’t so darn good, it could easily be a failure.
Tea: A small selection of tea bags served in a small pot.
Overall: A great place to be on a warm sunny day.
Location: 1 Boathouse Rd, Kew VIC 3101 Ph: 03 9853 1828 www.studleyparkboathouse.com.au
Reviewed April, 2014