Thanks to the National Trust, historic Como House in the suburban sprawl of South Yarra is still looking fine after 170 years. The property retains an air of mystery sitting majestically behind high fences and ancient trees. The gardens and lawns are well-kept, which no doubt is no mean feat, and visitors are welcome to spread out a picnic rug and while away an afternoon in the shadow of the former home of one of Melbourne’s aristocratic families, the Armytages. Out near the original stables, The Stables of Como looks to be a purpose-built cafe (but I could be wrong) that offers elegant interiors and a shady outdoor strip of benches and tables. There is no set ‘Devonshire Tea’ so order as many scones as you like. The batch of scones sits amongst a fine display of homemade cakes and slices, so you may be in for a hard choice. I empty the contents of the thimble-sized jar of Bonne Marilee strawberry preserve on to my fresh crisp scone. There’s plenty of rich thickly whipped cream, but I wonder if I order two scones whether I get anymore jam? Tours are available on weekends, but the garden and The Stables of Como Cafe are open daily.
Tea: A standard variety of Larsen and Thompson loose-leaf teas served in a slightly grotty tea pot.
Overall: You can’t go wrong with Historic Homes, pretty gardens and the cafes attached.
Location: Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141 Ph: 03 9827 6886
Reviewed in December, 2016