Ballam Park Homestead on the edge of Ballam Park is the head office for the Frankston Historical Society. The French-style country farmhouse was built in 1854, and along with the gardens, museum and the Old Oak Tea Rooms, is maintained by a posse of volunteers. Take a guided tour, visit the on site museum, or take tea in the Tea Room – but only on Sundays. There are more than just scones on the menu, and all made by volunteers. Choose from plain or date scones, but we stick with the plain, which are a bit overcooked and on the dry side. We know for a fact that they were baked the previous day, and are given a verbal list of the ingredients. There are two of us, so the portions of jam and cream reflect this; there’s more than enough. Unfortunately the jam bottled by the volunteers that is for sale, is not the jam served with the scones. We’re enthusiastically told that it’s too expensive to use the homemade jam, so we’re stuck with the very average nondescript strawberry jam. No corners are cut with the cream though; it’s thickly whipped and delightful. Open Sundays from 1-5pm (but not the 5th Sunday).
Tea: A very basic range of Twining tea bags served in a small teapot.
Overall: A pleasant place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Location: Ballam Park Homestead 260R, Cranbourne Rd, Frankston VIC 3199
Ph: 03 9789 3116 frankstonhs.org.au
Reviewed in September, 2017