About an hour up the Hume Motorway north of Melbourne, Seymour is just a short diversion off the motorway and an ideal town to fuel up in. A former railway town in which a third of the population were employed by the railways, the town now is big enough to offer a range of eateries and all with a splash of history. Seymour sits at the southern end of the Goulburn Valley wine region and is just 10km from Puckapunyal Army Training Camp, and acts as an agricultural hub. Halfway between the centre of town and the motorway exit, Araminta’s Tea Room is housed in one of the town’s preserved buildings. Although very little of the essence of the late 1800s-built structure remains, the exterior still retains a glimpse into Seymour’s past. The cavernous interior is decked out in nondescript modern furnishings with a minor splash of yesteryear. It’s big enough to house groups, with a few intimate seating arrangements for couples. There’s a Devonshire Tea special advertised on a semi-neon board on the wall. Not long out of the oven, the fluffy scones are a fine breakfast alternative. The lightly whipped cream is inconsequential in the bigger scheme of things, as the rich berry jam and quality scones make up for the light whipping. Closed on Tuesdays.
Tea: A good range of Tea Leaves loose-leaf tea served in either a cup or mug, however I asked for a teapot, which was no problem. Odd that they don’t serve loose-leaf teas in a teapot (maybe they were running short?)
Overall: Not quite the cosy tea room, but a good option in Seymour.
Location: 56 Tallarook St, Seymour VIC 3660 Ph: 0418 339 479
Reviewed May 2019