Afternoon tea at Hotel Lindrum

We have a fun little family tradition of taking Mum out for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day. Each year we try somewhere different and so have managed to work our way through quite a few of Melbourne’s top afternoon teas including The Langham, Bursaria at the Abbotsford Convent and Werribee Mansion

It’s a full table load for afternoon tea for three at Hotel Lindrum.

This year I decided to try Hotel Lindrum as the boutique style of the hotel has always appealed to me and the online menu looked the goods.  Afternoon tea at Hotel Lindrum is served in the Felt restaurant which forms part of the hotel foyer.  There’s lots of space between the handful of tables which are spread out across the polished floorboards.

Sandwiches at the Hotel Lindrum afternoon tea

We’re given glasses of sparkling to start (poured before they get to our table) and then asked whether we want tea or coffee. There’s no offer of a tea menu although according to the Hotel Lindrum website there are 12 T2 teas available. When afternoon tea arrives, all in a flurry of a fully laden tiered cake stand alongside a plate of scones and a plate of savoury, it’s quite different from the menu offered online but what’s served is still pretty good. 

The tiered cake stand in all it’s glory

On the sandwich tier there are mini lobster rolls, smoked salon sandwiches, egg sandwiches and of course classic cucumber sandwiches.  The sandwiches are freshly made and there are no problems with stale bread.  There are also hot savoury pastries including some flaky puff pastry that errs on the dry side and a delicious deep fried and crumbed ball of potato.  

Hotel Lindrum’s scones

The cakes include fluffy meringues, perfectly executed macarons including one that tastes exactly like a Jaffa Cake and fruit tartlets.  But the true test of an afternoon tea is the scones and Hotel Lindrum’s disappoint. They’re flat and too dense. Big dollops of strawberry jam and clotted cream definitely help things along.  The Langham continues to hold the standard for afternoon tea in Melbourne as far as I’m concerned but I did enjoy my afternoon of over eating at Hotel Lindrum in honour of Mother’s Day. 

Essentials
Details: Hotel Lindrum, 26 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000 (Ph 03 9668 1111)
Damage: $70 a head including a glass of sparkling wine
Kids: There are high chairs available.
6/10
Felt Restaurant - Hotel Lindrum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

4 comments

  1. You had me at “deep fried and crumbed ball of potato”.

    Shame the rest of the tea wasn’t that great! I’m a big fan of The Langham as well, their scones are out of this world!

    1. Hi Sarah

      Yes I agree so much love for the Langham’s scones!

  2. You should try the Westin next year. I got taken there this year and really enjoyed it. They had live music, the scones were excellent, as were the staff, and they cater really well for dietary requirements. I have some photos on my Twitter account @holdthepeas

    1. Hi Emily

      I have been to the Westin previously for the Eclair afternoon tea which was sensational so yes it’s probably worth a revisit for Mother’s Day. Glad to hear you had a good day.

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