I visited the Tea Gardens with my mom & sister, the weekend after Mother's Day '07. It was just lovely inside. We were about 10 min. early, but our 'reserved' table was ready (I pre-ordered a Victorian style tea.) I loved the modern yet Victorian & feminine decor. The windows are huge so lots of light & cheer streams in. Many whole leaf teas available. One we picked is hand-sewn into a little ball. So they bring you a clear glass teapot & show it to you before, so that you can see what happens as it steeps. It opens into a 'blossom' with a pink jasmine flower in the center. The food was delicious, especially the sandwich with pesto. The scones were yummy too, baked in the shape of hearts. Fresh fruit & desserts - all yummy! I am not sure how to describe the atmosphere as I am a bit new to the world of tearooms. It was bustling, but it was a Saturday & many people were just stopping in for lunch or tea & snacks. There were a couple 'parties' as well while we were there. We did not feel caught in the middle of any hustle & bustle, our table was in a corner, but this was great, we were out of the way & our large window looked out into a lovely courtyard. We were served by several of the employees, which was fine by us, we had pre-ordered the menu anyway. One small item was forgotten by the staff, but when we requested it, we received an apology & it quickly arrived at our table. No harm done there in our opinion. The staff was friendly, cheerful & knowledgeable. I look forward to many more hours of quality time with my loved ones at The Tea Gardens.