Friday, May 9, 2008

Favorite Tea Rooms


May 11 - May 17 Tea Room Ventures and Venues

Share all about one of your favorite tea rooms. Use photos and descriptions to tell about the decor and ambiance, menus, service, and what makes this tea room special to you. Does this tea room have a gift shop? What kind of special treasures does it contain?
With my tea group "Table for 8", we take turns hunting down different tea rooms to experience together. They are all unique. The Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena is a charming place run by a Brit- Edmund and his lovely wife, Mary. The British Consulate, Emma Thompson and Julie Andrews are among his famous guests. With this type of clientele, you can be sure that the tea menu is authentic. Edmund keeps the tea and laughs coming. Love the Yorkshire Pudding! We always seem to end up at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel for Christmas. It is so festively decorated with a giant gingerbread house. We always do a gift exchange while someone reads "A Cup of Christmas Tea". We pass a gift to the right whenever we hear the word "tea" in the story.
Paddington's Tea Room is a little hole in the wall on Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills. They have a Gorgonzola Bleu Cheese Mousse with Carmelized Walnut Brulee on top. We dip Granny Smith apple slices in it...Heavenly!!! Some in my group say it has the best scones. (I happen to love the ones at Rose Tree Cottage).
Another yummy tea we enjoyed together was at the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills. The gardens are just amazing! So fragrant and stunning!
Next week, my friend from high school, Jan, is taking me to the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena. I will be sure to post my review on it.

Please check out more amazing places on the http://gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/.

15 comments:

MyThreeDaughters said...

I just love looking at scones. I should make some.
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La Tea Dah said...

Donna, your tea room review was wonderful! I felt like I was right there --- and I will admit to being a little bit envious (okay, a lot envious) about your "Table for 8" group of tea-time friends. What a wonderful tradition you have. Cherish it and enjoy each and every moment. It sounds like you have a great deal of fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

LaTeaDah

Bonita said...

Your group sounds like such fun and it seems you get around to some pretty fancy tea rooms. I enjoyed hearing all about them and seeing the pictures. It makes me feel as though I've been there without leaving my own home.

Cori G. said...

Hi Donna,
Wow! It sounds like you just go everywhere for tea. How often do you and your freind's get together?
I tink I'll have to try some of your tea rooms as they all sound wonderful. I always want to go to the Rose Tree Cottage but have never made it.

Denise said...

Oh! You lucky lady! THe Rose Tree Cottage is one Tea room I dream of visiting. We had planned to go there in the fall of '06 when we visited CA but our itinerary got messed up and that stop was deleted. Thank you for sharing all the lovely pics. You've visited some lovely tea rooms!

Have a wonderful week!'

Marye said...

oh those images are beautiful! What fun. I am envious. we have very few tea rooms within a 30 minute drive.
Marye
kettleandcup.com

ellen b. said...

Oh boy! I'm close enough to Pasadena to think about an afternoon here! It looks just lovely! My nieces and sisters have met in San Marino for breakfast at Julienne's and this must be our next big treat for ourselves. Thanks for the photos...

Party Wishes SCV said...

OMG! I LOVE Julienne's! I love their Rosemary Raisin bread and White Chicken Chili. I have never been there for breakfst though. You MUST go to the Rose Tree Cottage. It is my favorite tea room.

Lisa said...

Those are lovely places. And what fun to go with a group like that!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh you've shared so many wonderful places. I think my favorite would be the first one as it is so quaint and charming. I also like the reading of "The Christmas Tea" idea, too. You and your friends are all such beautiful gals. Hope that you never give up this tradition of yours.

Charli and me said...

What fun you have with your friends! What wonderful experiences and memories you must have. I loved your post. The pictures were awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

Steph said...

I've always wanted to visit the Rose Tree Cottage - thank you for the images!

Millie said...

What an elegant tea room!
Millie

Miss Sandy said...

You have a tea party group? I am envious! How much fun you all must have scouring out tea rooms and fostering your friendships! Thank you for sharing all these lovely tea rooms.

Grace Yaskovic said...

beautiful love the collection of tea pots and cozies