We sat facing the window with a beautiful view of Phoenix. The table was set with lovely Wedgewood. The presentation was professional and the food looked lovely. The regular fare; finger sandwiches (cucumber, salmon, egg salad, chicken salad), small scones, and a variety of sweets. You could have seconds of whatever you liked which was suprising. Perhaps 15 or so teas to choose from. Leaves left in pot. I know that is the British way, but that always means you last few cups are too strong or bitter. Definately enjoyable, but I would like to see more creativity in the savories, especially for the price and considering they likely have a world class chef.
Stopped in for scones which are bubbed 'the best scones in the south' is I think how they put it. And I would have to agree. Though I haven't sampled many other scones in the south, these scones were among the best I have sampled and that includes tea at the Ritz! They served me two cream cheese scones and one blueberry scone on a platter with fresh fruit and flowers. The clotted cream was sweet and added to the overall enjoyment. Nice folks too!
I am a monthly visitor of The St. James Tearoom. As I read over other reviews I was surprised to see so many references to the 'high prices'. I don't understand this. If you go to another fine restaurant your main dish may be around $12, your dessert another $5 and your drink another $2. You're at $19 already and if it's one of those restaurants where you must pay for your salad or you get an appetizer that's another $5-7. So the price for the lovely three tiered service at the ST. James seems completely appropriate to me. Plus I have been to tearooms all over the country and the cost is always $16-20 and they are never as nice as the ST. James. Unsurpassed intimate atmoshpere, fine china and linens, gourmet food, bottomless pot of tea with over 50 to chose from, and gracious service. The St. James is Albuquerque's jewel! Treat yourself! I bet you deserve it!