These wonderful delicacies are from the front window of the superlative Hopetoun Tea Rooms, in the Block Arcade, Melbourne. A visit to this city is not complete until you have secured either a luncheon spot or afternoon tea spot at this splendiforous olde-worlde institution. The tea room offers high tea seven days a week (sometimes you require a special booking), however, there are no reservations required for general dining, but at peak times, you will have to wait in the queue to get inside.
A Melbourne institution; the Hopetoun Tea Rooms were established in 1892, by the Victorian Ladies Work Association, in honour of their founder Lady Hopetoun, wife of Lord Hopetoun, the Victorian Governor (1889-1895). On the back wall of the shop, hangs a magnificent oval-shaped etched mirror dating from 1891. For further details, see the Hopetoun Tea Rooms website.
And as for the infamous Queen Marie-Antoinette of France quote of “Let them eat cake” upon learning that the peasants had no bread to eat; this cannot be truly confirmed; but I’m sure most of you would rather agree with her tenet i.e. eat cake rather than bread!
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