Lady Hopetoun Still Presides

Lady Hopetoun Still Presides
Photography by Sanjeev Singh

Best advice: Arrive hungry! Keep plenty of tummy room to try all the glorious cakes, desserts, and marvelous private-label teas on the menu. But if you find yourself in a hurry, then you may still stop in for tempting fare such as the Hopetoun’s delicious signature pinwheel sandwiches (crusts off, of course); colorful Caribbean crab salad served with tomato mousse quenelles; or light-as-air scones, preserves, and whipped cream with lashings of tea that will fill the bill and get you on your way lickety-split.

After such a delicious feast, there is no room for or talk of dinner—perish the thought! The only solution is to walk and keep on walking, then like a sleepy, sated dormouse drift onto a comfortable chaise, curl up, and take a long and leisurely nap.

For more information about Hopetoun Tea Rooms, go to, or phone 03-96502777.

Australian cake designer Kerry Vincent, a television host and global traveler, embraces the art of afternoon tea. For decades, Hopetoun Tea Rooms, a Grande Dame of Old-World ambience, has been on her A-list of perfect international tea rooms to visit. Her husband, Doug, believes in the nostalgia of high tea and always accompanies her. Kerry says that a trip to Hopetoun would never be complete without a luscious slice of her all-time favorite dessert, the Pavlova.
From TeaTime January/ February 2017

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