I am so shocked to read the good reviews of this tea room. I wonder if I went to the wrong Josephines. I was completely astounded by the bad food, lack of ambiance and outrageous prices in the gift shops. Not to mention the general deshabille of the buildings. I had the roast beef special with the 'lobster' bisque and garden salad. For this, we waited over 30 minutes. By the time we got our meal, the soup was stone cold,and the mayonnaise on the sandwich had congealed, but I don't think anything could have helped this food. The roast beef was very dry, the special sauce seemed to be miracle whip and blue cheese, and the bun was not only dry, but sickeningly sweet. The soup was awful, and the same vile miracle whip blue cheese concoction served as the salad dressing. I had hoped dessert would be better, but I guess I made the wrong choice. I had the lemon meringue pie which was some sort of wierd solid goo on the bottom topped with burnt meringue. In fairness, another member of our party had the mixed berry cobbler, which was really very good. I would not bother to return to this very noisy place. The service is lousy and the food is lacking.