I've been to many tea houses on the East Coast and I enjoyed Abigal's very much! We had high tea on our recent visit and the Italian Wedding soup was superb! The salad, sandwiches were very good and the presentation beautiful. I wasn't very impressed with their scones. They were small and not truly a scone. However the atmosphere and the congeniality of the staff more than made up for the scones. We had an opporutnity to talk to the owner, Rita who is a lovely woman. She was very gracious and told us about the history of the Victorian Home that she and her family restored. It's a lovely place, very warm and inviting filled with yummy smells and a gift shop that most will enjoy. It's a truly Victorian experience and the tea was fresh and served flawlessly. I'm sure others will equally enjoy their visit to this lovely establishment.
I had high hopes for this experience after reading the reviews but was sadly disappointed. Although the decor is lovely I was put-off by the tired and sad state of the tea cozies that sat atop every pot. They need laundering and to be freshened up. The soup was delicious but the salad tasted like it had been sitting in water too long. When I mentioned that to the owner Dee I was given a too long disertation on salads and made to feel that I was mistaken. Dee spent a great deal of the time 'selling' herself and her establishment to us which didn't allow for our foursome to chat. I was surprised to find the owner in jeans and a gray sweatshirt on a Sunday afternoon greeting customers. Having had tea at many tea parlours across the country I rate my experience here as mediocre. The food was good (except for the salad) and not exceptional. There is no tea list and our waitress, although a charming young woman, spoke with a thick accent so it was difficult to understand the offerings. I wouldn't go out of my way again to visit the Royal Tea Room.
I am sincerely sorry that you did not enjoy your visit with us.