Wow! How do you begin to describe Belladonna's? As a previous tea room owner myself, I unequivocally call it the 'Jewel Box' of the Antelope Valley. You know you are in for a special treat the moment you park your car. The details begin in the parking lot with an old antique 'Lavender' bath tub among the flowers in the back garden. You begin to sense the presence of a warm inviting feeling all along the 'Welcome' path. Once inside, you know the food is prepared with the same attention to detail.... a DELICIOUS assortment of scones are offered in the shapes of stars, leaves, hearts or whatever else seems to fancy the owner Donna. A variety of gourmet finger sandwiches are next presented and one is specially tied with a pretty satin ribbon, like a gift to open and cherish. Your chosen loose teas are steeped fresh in individual pots for each guest and poured through china strainers in to an eclectic setting of china cups, saucers and antique silver. I had to really coax my Italian mother to come with me to enjoy a small repasts of tea and scones...she could not see the practicality of it....BUT....before we were less than half way through our little meal, she was leaning over the table and thanking me for making her come....and she wants to come back again with my sisters. Special memories are made and shared here. That's the way it is with Belladonna's...once is not enough....you know you must return! I know I will! Again, and again and again!
Dear Annette, I remember your mother not being too keen on coming to tea, but by the end of your time together she seemed to have truly enjoyed herself. I think it was more to do with spending time with you than anything special we do. Tea has that effect on us when we finally quiet ourselves from the hectic pace and really share some time with a loved one. I look forward to serving you again, God Bless You, Donna