Historic Oakland (3 reviews)
Historic Oakland is mostly used as a wedding and special events mansion. However, at certain times a year, they turn it into a tearoom. I went on one of the weekends where it was a tearoom. The menu included Savories of a chicken & cheese croissant, fresh broccoli egg salad on flat bread, cucumber and tomato aspic tea sandwich, and ham and asparagus wrap. The desserts included red velvet & cream cheese frosting cupcake, almond meringue cookies, rainbow cake petit four, and a decadent out of this world good chocolate cherry scone & topping. There were 3 types of tea: sugar plum, decaf peach, and English breakfast. I went with 2 friends and we enjoyed the meal, especially the delicious scones which were extremely fresh. I would have liked more varieties of tea, but outside of this, the food was excellent, the tea was hot, the service was good, the room was spacious and there was ample parking. The mansion doesn't have much in the way of wall-paper or a lot of decor on the walls (the walls were a neutral cream color for the wedding events) so it might not be as fancy smancy as some tea rooms like Tea on the Tiber but it was clean and spacious and it had a nice ballroom type floor. The day I went it was packed to capacity with ladies (and some men) for tea :)
I wasn't favorably impressed with this tea house. It had none of the niceties of an tea room. The decor was bland, table settings lacked charm, only 3 teas were offered and were served lukewarm. The staff, while pleasant, constantly stopped by to serve more tea but it was an intrusion in our oonversations. I wouldn't return or recommend this tea house.
No refunds given due to snow/hazardous road conditions for December 17th tea even though I called that afternoon to find out if it was being canceled. I was told that I would be charged for the 3 reservations that I had made because they had already orderd the food from the caterer. Since I had been asked for my credit card number when making my reservation they charged my card later that afternoon for the full price of $64 plus tax for a served high tea for 3 people. Not wanting to throw $64 away, I asked for the food that I was forced to pay for. The next day I was given three plastic foam plates of what had been served plus 3 bags of tea that made 8 cups each. So I dug out my own tea china and partook in the most expensive home tea party for my neice and her mother that I've ever had. The building itself is quite pretty but I do not recommend this tea room.