Although I have read the overwhelming number (100!) and favorable reviews for this one little tearoom, I must say, I question why it is #1. I not only felt there was a 'domineering under tone' by the staff member/server (owner?) when making the reservation,which necessitated several phone calls, but this approach was apparent even when taking tea. We agreed it did not add to a relaxing experience. Pleasant on the service was she, but 'instructions' and comments were unwelcoming. The artistry of the sandwiches were plain as English tea sandwiches are, but not as creative as I had hoped. The untraditional scone (biscuit) was delicious. The ambience of the room was charming/simple, but the brown teapot did not complement the table setting of fine, floral decor. Overall, it was an adequate experience, but one must question with so many favorable reviews, who is writing the reviews, Family and Friends? I will continue to go to Reynolds Tavern for a Colonial understated traditional Tea and Tea on the Tiber for a fine Victorian Tea experience.