The Best Scones In The State

By Clare Acheson
31st Jul 2016

There’s nothing we love more than a perfectly fluffy, oh-so-fresh bundle of pastry goodness, smothered with jam and cream and served with a cup of tea (or a glass of bubbles if you’re feeling decadent!).

So, where should you go for this blissful experience in Melbourne? We’ve done the hard yards and rounded up the best spots to eat scones for an afternoon of indulgence.

In The City

The Austen Tearooms, Essendon

The homemade scones at The Austen Tearooms are an absolute delight, especially for fans of stepping back in time to an era when scones and tea was a daily ritual (okay, so that might be a lie, but we’ll run with it). The team here also do gluten-free treats, so gather your pastry-loving mates and set a date for a decadent feast.

Stables of Como, South Yarra

If you haven’t tried the lemonade scones at Stables of Como, you haven’t lived. These are light, sweet and perfectly toasted on the outside, making for the ultimate way to indulge yourself. They’re served with Bonne Maman Jam and whipped Chantilly cream, so pastry heaven is taken up a notch.  

Fairfield Park Boathouse, Fairfield

Did you know that Fairfield Park Boathouse is actually home to one of the most beautiful tearooms in the city? This riverside spot serves incredible scones in the traditional Devonshire way—with jam, cream and a cup of tea or Coldstream sparkling. Go on, treat yo’self.

The Langham, Melbourne CBD

Serving up both traditional fruit scones and buttermilk scones, The Langham aims to provide you with variety while you nosh on these babies. They also have gluten-free scones available, so even your pals with dietary requirements can enjoy these soft, golden pillows.

Market Lane Bar, Melbourne CBD

The Market Lane Bar at the Intercontinental knows how to feed the people— and the people want the ultimate scone. Their sultana fruit scones are as soft and delicious as you’d imagine, and they look pretty damn ‘grammable too.

Hopetoun Tearooms, Melbourne CBD

We all know the definitive match for scones is tea, and that’s why the Hopetoun Tearooms understand the necessity of a perfect scone. Their scones are freshly baked, and come with Hank’s triple berry jam and double cream. Because is single cream ever really enough? They also have a huuuge range of tea—so your scones will find themselves a perfect date.

Cafe Zumbo, South Yarra

If we trust anyone with our baked goods, it’s dessert master Adriano Zumbo. Cafe Zumbo is the ultimate Alice in Wonderland-eque venue, and their scones are a staple dish on the High Tea menu. Because really, is there any better way to get fancy than snacking on these puffy domes of goodness?

The Tea Salon, Emporium, Melbourne CBD

More tea means…more scones! But The Tea Salon have some of the most unique scones we’ve ever laid eyes on. Of course, you’ve got the classics. But you also get to choose from lavender, rose, cheddar and thyme, or white choc and cranberry filled pillows of happiness. Yep, we’re drooling just thinking about them! You can grab them with jam and cream, or whipped herb butter. Best bit? They’re available take away so you can nosh on them at home.

The Terrace, The Royal Botanical Gardens

The Terrace is probably the prettiest place in Melbourne for you to indulge in scone eating. Tucked away in the Botanical Gardens, you can munch on as many scones as you fancy without fear of being discovered. Their scones are golden, airy and go down a treat with their homemade strawberry jam and Chantilly cream!

Regional Favourites

Byramine Homestead, Yarrawonga

Byramine Homestead’s scones are as beautiful and rustic as their surroundings. With both savoury and sweet versions to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this gorgeous country town. They’re also about the size of our palms, so they make for quite a feast! This is the perfect excuse for a road trip down to Yarrawonga!

Cobram Bakery, Cobram

The scones at Cobram Bakery are PERFECT. Tall and light, we discovered them at a very unique tea room experience… On a boat! Grab a Cobba Paddle Cruise along the Murray River and you’re guaranteed to be served one of these delicious goodies. 

Coombe at the Melba Estate, Yarra Valley

I mean, really, we’ll take any excuse to head down to the Yarra Valley. And the Melba Estate is probably the most picturesque excuse you can find. Their scones come with a variety of homemade jams and cream (obvs). They make for the perfect afternoon tea during a day exploring the Yarra Valley!

Café de Beaumarchais, Sassafras

If you want to experience Paris without the price of a plane ticket, head to Sassafras for your Parisian fix. Cafe de Meaumarchais is decked out with plush upholstery and stunning chandeliers, so you’ll have the perfect ambience for when you’re munching on your scones.

Clonmara Tea Rooms, Port Fairy

If you want to see the beauty of Port Fairy but haven’t quite been able to find an excuse—now you’ve got one. The Devonshire-style scones at Clonmara Tea Rooms are some of the fluffiest we’ve laid our eyes on, and they’re served with handmade raspberry jam and thickened cream droooling. If these don’t do it for you (doubtful), they’ve also got a specialty scone menu where you can choose from a range of sweet and savoury scones which are jam-packed with seasonal ingredients. 

Woodman Estate, Mornington

The Mornington Peninsula really does deliver the goods. The Woodman Estate will provide you with the ultimate getaway and perfect scone munching experience! Served hot, these fluffy, freshly baked goodies should be smothered with the estate made jam and cream…we know where we’ll be this weekend.

Image Credit: Byramine Homestead, Michelle Jarni for The Urban List

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