This is by far the best tea room I have visited. I travel over two hours in each direction to experience the elegant Victorian surroundings, the delicious tea served by a helpful and accommodating staff (Frances makes the best scones in the world), the graciousness and cheerfulness of Elaine, the owner, who makes you feel welcome and special. Everything about the Victoria Rose Cottage is wonderful, even the music chosen for your enjoyment. I've been all around the U.S. visiting tea rooms. Even the Ritz in London doesn't do it this well. You must visit this tea room, if not for tea, then for their other delicious lunches and special events. I plan to return many times to be taken back to another era of elegant dining. A true gem!!!
This place is NOT a tearoom. If you are looking for afternoon tea served with silver accessories and fine linens you will be disappointed as I was. Here you will find plastic tablecloths, paper napkins, and a bowl of individual containers of milk on the table. Yes, sandwiches are served on a three tiered tray, but that doesn't make it a tearoom. There are many charming tearooms in the surrounding area which we visited and thoroughly enjoyed. Sadly, Miss Scarlets was not one of them. The bathroom was dirty and I agree with another reviewer about the apron. The one she wore when she served us was filthy. No excuse for that. Then Miss Scarlet added a 20% gratuity for a party of four which I thought was really pushing it. Not a good experience, will not return.