Location: La Mesa Village
Good for: Christmas tea! If I had a niece, I would bring her here in a second... I can't wait for my goddaughter to be old enough for a fancy tea.
Pros: Wonderful service, cozy shabby chic setting, great food and tea.
Cons: You will leave with copious amounts of liquid sloshing around in your stomach. Also, though not necessarily a con, be prepared for a 98% female clientele, most of whom are under age 12 or over age 65.
Ratings and Recommendations:
9/10 - The Queen Victoria Tea - this is an all-inclusive tea option that includes 5 tea-sized courses. I was slightly skeptical about the portion sizes because (1) I am a huge pig, and (2) this is America, so bigger = better. However, I was perfectly stuffed and sated at the end of teatime. I understand that the menu changes each week, so this was the Queen Victoria special that we enjoyed:
- Mini tasting cup of eggnog
- Delicious cauliflower soup with paprika, and a wee cheesy walnut tart with a bite of Granny Smith apple
- Assorted tea sandwiches and savories - cucumber, watercress, cheese, sundried tomato, chicken salad
- Fresh fruit
- Assorted tea desserts - tiramisu bite, pistachio macaroon, cinnamon twist, and mini bread pudding with whiskey sauce
- Freshly baked currant scones with lemon curd, berry jam, and clotted cream
- Plus, lots of TEA!! We tasted the Christmas Blend, the Buccaneer, and the Blue Mountain (my favorite!)
Big thanks to my brilliant friend AGB, Esq. for setting this lovely tea up for us!