Monsalvat. That is exactly what we did last weekend. It is one of my favourite places in Melbourne. However, the Monsalvat cafe was busy with functions. We had to look elsewhere for afternoon tea. I am pleased to report that Lilies on Brougham delivered the goods. But before telling you about this sweet nursery -- giftshop -- tearooms, I will indulge in some photos of Monsalvat.
Preston Farmers Market. The weather was mostly sunny. Perfect for a walk around the grounds to admire the rustic buildings of the artists colony. At one stage grey clouds gathered in the sky but as you can see above, the sun refused to stop shining and the clouds went away in defeat.
The Lane or Lilies on Brougham. It was just the sort of local knowledge I was after. We chose the later and were very pleased with the recommendation. Lilies on Brougham is a nursery, a giftshop and a tearoom. Hence we sat in a section that overlooked the nursery with a rustic old mudbrick house with roses growing up the chimney in its midst.
I chose scones for myself (see top photo). The scones were nicely warmed but could have been lighter and possibly would have been if fresh from the oven. However this was forgiven because the rhubarb and strawberry jam was so good that we bought a jar of it to take home with us.
They also do lunches but as they had finished serving lunch by the time I arrived, I didn't peruse that menu, but I think it was just what was on the blackboard. Must go back another time to check this out.
Pru and Tru (for those who watch Kath and Kim) in the nicest possible way. Sylvia was fascinated by the crabapple trees in the nursery. I was wary of the Black Pearl Chillis that looked a little malevolent (but I feel that way about many chillis). Then it was time to go home, very satisfied with our day.
Lilies on Brougham
62 Brougham Street
Eltham Victoria 3095
Tel: 03 9431 6622