It would be difficult to not notice the impressive cake display in the front window of Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Established in 1892 for the Victorian Ladies Work Association and named after its founder Lady Hopetoun, the design of the tea rooms today are still kept in the era of yesteryear.
Staff were friendly and greeted us on arrival and happily seated us. But from then on the service was very disappointing as staff were more interested in chatting to each other than being concerned about customers or clearing a nearby table.
We glance through the menu and ponder over the cakes in the front window but we decide to order some tea and Scones ($7) to share. We finally go the attention of our waiter and placed our order for the scones and our Darjeeling and Mint Teas. The scones were served warm and came with jam and thick cream. It took a long time for our tea to arrive (and several reminders if it was almost ready!) that we were wondering whether to cancel our tea order.
Overall I think the Hopetoun Tea Rooms offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many customers and has a very strong tourist trade. I only hope that the service of staff was a one-off during our visit and that others may have a better experience than us.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms