The idea that food is the essence of happiness was instilled in me from a very young age. From my Nan’s famous lambshank and veggie soup (with its magic ability to heal everything from broken hearts to broken arms) to an endless stream of baked treats, food has always been my family’s language of love.
Some of my earliest memories are of my extended family crammed into Nan’s tiny house for our regular Sunday roasts – always with at least three kinds of dessert.
The Lantern Tea Room is an ode to all of this, and borrows its name from The Lantern coffee lounge, which my mother ran throughout my teenage years. The Lantern was an institution of the Melbourne folk music community of the seventies, and was as well-known for its live music as it was for its pancakes. It was here that the seeds of my vision for my tea room were sown.
Forty years on, my own daughter and I are delighted to present The Lantern Tea Room – with a little touch of yesteryear, a good dash of decadence and a few hearty lashings of luxury.
I hope you enjoy The Lantern Tea Room as much as I have enjoyed turning my long-held dream into a reality.
Me, my daughter Maddie and my mum, Lois – the
inspiration behind the name.