During the month of October, countless girls' nights-in (or in our case, an afternoon in) are held all across the country to raise funds for the Cancer Council and their efforts to combat women's cancers.
Girls afternoon-in took on the form of a beautiful high tea with some lovely fellow bloggers at the luxury Hotel Lindrum one Sunday afternoon. Bubbles, a delicious spread and great company sure made for quite an enjoyable and memorable afternoon. And all for a wonderful cause; all the better!
On the menu:
- Lemon scones, served with Lady Jam strawberry jam and vanilla cream.
- egg and watercress rye
- ham croissant
- chicken and coleslaw sliders
- pastrami ciabatta
- apple and almond cake
- red fruit macaron
- mini orange creme brulee
- chocolate and coconut panna cotta with cherry coulee
- strawberry cheesecake
- chocolate brownies
- meringue fruit roll
As with all high teas I've experienced to date, the spread at Hotel Lindrum was quite generously sized and filling. Deviating from the ribbon sandwiches that typically come with many high teas, navigating through the various savoury options on Hotel Lindrum's high tea menu brought much excitement to my taste buds. It was a tough call but the buttery crispiness of the croissant and its tasty pairing with the subtle smoky sweetness of the ham and oozy melted cheese made the croissant my favourite. The scones had a great crunchy exterior and while their overall texture bordered on crumbly, the flavour was spot on. It also didn't hurt that the accompanying jam was absolutely delicious. I must confess I wasn't able to try much of the sweets (I wasn't able to pull out that second stomach for dessert on this occasion!) but did enjoy the few sweets I had tried. The apple and almond cake was a stand out in particular; it was delightfully moist in texture and not overly sweet.
There's only a few days remaining in October but it's not too late to contribute to the cause; you can either host an event (chop, chop!) or make a donation that will fund important research and clinical trials, support services for patients, families and carers, and campaigns to raise awareness:
Hotel Lindrum (Felt Restaurant)
26 Flinders St,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
(03) 9668 1111
Disclosure: I attended the event courtesy of Hotel Lindrum and Tasty Business Consulting. All opinions expressed in this post are based entirely on my experience and observations made during the time of my visit.