Maria - Pasadena, CA
We took a weekend drive to Santa Barbara County and stopped in historial downtown Fillmore to try out a new tearoom I heard about. The owners had gone out of their way to start the welcoming atmosphere of the establishement before you even walked in. The window decor and patio area invited my daughter and I into the main dining room. A charming young lady 'Cressida' wearing a big smile on her face and dressed in a period costume welcomed us. After leading us to our table, she handed us menus and proceeded to ask us about our taste in teas. When I expressed a desire to be adventurous and try something new, she promptly gave me various choices to choose from out of the 50 varieties of whole leaf teas they carry. Cressida informed us the menu changed seasonally, the owners made a point to use only fresh locally grown produce and included vegetarian items on menu. I perused the food menu and decided on the house soup and a sandwich. My daughter on a salad. Our food arrived promptly. The food presentation was attractive and from the very first bite, it was delicious! The soup was perfect as the weather was quite cold out. The sandwich had just the right amount of spice to make it an extra treat to my palate. The portions were just right, not too much or too little. Renee, who owns the place with her husband Felipe stopped by our table and asked if everything was okay. When I told her we were on our way to Santa Barbara, she asked if we would like some warm tea for the road. The atmosphere of the dining area was tastefully decorated and quite charming. You can tell alot of thought went into the small details that adorn the space. I was told that some items on display would be on sale starting soon. Overall, our experience was delightful and we will definately be back. If you like places that aren't stuffy and make you feel like they are glad to see you, then you have to stop in. Oh, almost forgot, ladies! Bring the guys with you. When we were there, there was a party with only men sitting there enjoying the tea and food. We also saw children with their grandparents. This place seems to be for the whole family, which is very different from most tearooms I've been to in the past.