We were really impressed with your tearoom. The variety of tea's, choice of menu items, which included Australian dishes and excellent service. We will definitely go back.
The owner Eileen is very friendly, and the tearoom is nicely decorated. There are several tea and tea related items for sale too. I have visited ITQ twice. The first time I enjoyed a delicious quiche, but the scone was hard, dry and tasteless, and the tea was very strong. I had high tea on my second visit, the sandwiches were average, same tasteless scone and a mini store bought cupcake for dessert. The tea was undrinkable. This tearoom has such potential, the owner just needs more experience in the art of tea and scone making.
Very poorly organized. We had reservations and the server kept telling me I couldn't have the 'tea' without reservations, when I said I had made reservations, she said I needed to specifically request a 'tea', which I had done. I had to tell her twice who I was and that I had made the correct reservations, she finally understood! Although there is a separate children's room, they had placed a children's birthday tea (with many kids and adults) in the main area, so it was very loud and disturbing. There was only one server for this group and the other tea guests. She was rushed and harried which didn't add to a pleasant tea experience. The food was good, but nothing outstanding. The teapot was placed over a warmer with the loose tea left inside, so the tea became bitter. The tea room did have a lovely gift shop, but more staff and better attention to detail is defiantly needed.
We highly recommend this tearoom. Everything was made from scratch, from the dressings for the salad: strawberry poppy seed was my favorite, but my husband loved the maple vinaigrette over salad greens with fresh strawberries! This was served along side a wonderful homemade Tomato Basil soup. Next was a hot from the over Apricot scone with Devon cream, so light and yummy. The tea sandwiches and savories were equally good, I loved the Palmetto cheese with her Apricot spread and I also liked the 'Chicken in a Nest', excellent! We hardly had room for dessert: fresh strawberries, just in season, sponge cake sandwiches with raspberry jam filling, lemon mini tarts and raspberry cheese cake. Now on to the tea: Marlena is very generous with her marvelous selection of teas. She served us Iced Green Pear (delicious) and multiple choices of hot tea, we settled on Monks Blend, and although I don't usually like lemon, she recommended I try French Cream & Lemon. I liked it so much I had to buy a bag to bring home! She has many teas and tea items for sale, so I stocked up. I also want to say her home is a Victorian masterpiece that we enjoyed exploring. Because its also a B&B we would love to go back a spend more time there! Marlena is a warm and welcoming hostess, we can't wait to go back and visit with her again!
Thanks for your great review. Hope to see you back in Ohio again.
I have visited over 30 tea rooms in the US and Lady Bedford's Tea Parlour is up there with the best of them. It's a beautifully decorated tea room, making me think I was back in the Victorian era. We spent an enjoyable afternoon there recently and the friendly staff (sisters that seem to complete each other), the food (I had the *Afternoon Tea* which was a delicious sampling of tea sandwiches, scones and wonderfully tasty desserts (my favorite was the chocolate mousse that was light as air), was wonderful. Be prepared to bring some home because the amounts are quite generous, but I loved that, it meant I could make the experience linger a while longer. There was a great many loose tea's to choose from (my favorite was the Nutcracker Sweet, a black tea blend with lovely Christmas spices). The gift shop is loaded with many different items to choose from, some which came home with me! I must also mention the owner is gracious, and eager to make sure your visit will be a pleasant one. Although we live over 3 hours away, we can't wait to go back. Thank You for a wonderful tea dining experience.