I recently attended a party at Charlotte's Tea Room. The ambiance is beautiful. The tea is wonderful and I enjoyed the lemon tea cake on a previous visit. It is fun to sample all of the different tea sandwiches that Charlotte's offers. I love the scones with the heart butter pats! I was disappointed to be served off a chipped plate at the party. I do not eat off of chipped plates at home and I certainly don't expect to eat off chipped plates when I'm out. Although Charlotte's is all about tea, 'fresh squeezed' lemonade was offered at the party. I make fresh squeezed lemonade often and know what to expect with the color and the taste. The lemonade at Charlotte's was clearly a mix, thus being mediocre. I will stick to tea in the future! I do plan to return, perhaps for tea with my young daughter, as the tea & scones are delicious and the place is adorable.
When serving a large party, such as a bridal or baby shower, fresh squeezed lemonade is simply not an option. When running a business, it is prudent to balance efficiency and taste, and, in my experience, our lemonade is the perfect way to do this. Yes, we use a mix as our base, but add additional ingredients (ie vanilla, fresh basil etc) to make the lemonade our own. We don't claim that our lemonade is 'fresh squeezed'; though I'm sure it's a wonderful treat for you and your daughter, it simply isn't practical for my business.
My plates are either vintage or antique. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of a typical week, a few of our plates may become chipped and escape our watchful eye. I, myself, DO eat off of chipped plates at home. Although I must admit this is in part because I find it hard to relegate these rustic beauties to the trash can.
I took my little girl for tea and it was wonderful! The place is adorable and the large number of vegetarian menu options was impressive. The food & tea were great and the tea cakes were delicious! They even put my daughter's lemonade in a tea pot at our request. I only scored a 'good' for tea prep because the sponge that was put on the tea spout to protect it didn't look super-clean (although it didn't touch the lemonade.) I will go back again to sample more goodies from the menu!