My granddaughter and I were transported back into time as we enjoyed the very elegant Royal Tea. One of the things that struck me was some of the little details that makes for a successful tea. For example - the temperature of the tea and soup - Hot! The tea pots were large and sported tea cozies. My first choice of tea, recommended by Sue, was not for me but she cheerfully swapped it out for the French Vanilla which was amazing. We added 2 sugar cubes and a dollop of honey (we asked for that) and it was rich and full-bodied. We loved it. The tea bread and scones were miniature in size, as is usual in a Victorian style tea. The dollops of sweet cream and preserves were also tiny but adequate and artfully presented. The soup was amazing - a creamy potato bacon. After that came a nice-sized fresh and crunchy garden salad that was rich with mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and green and yellow peppers. We enjoyed the raspberry vinaigrette. The two-tiered tower came out to us and we were surprised! Raven is 12 years old and she was excited to have her own tower. There were 5 different tea sandwiches - the chicken and tuna salad were really good. There were generous slices of honey dew melon, cantaloupe, and pineapple, along with 2 sliced strawberries and a few blue berries - all arranged on greens and all tasted great. The sweets on top included a small slice of strawberry shortcake, cherries in a puff tart, and a rich gooey chocolate brownie square. The food was so filling that we decided to walk it off by touring the house which was tastefully furnished and decorated in period pieces. The BEST part was the gift shop - Very nice and unique items for very reasonable prices - I was actually stunned at the prices, being used to overpriced trinkets. They had much more than trinkets and enough variety to appeal to anyone. I purchased an adorable tea cup votive candle holder and a 'perfect cup of tea' measuring spoon for only $10.00 for both. Sue and Beverly were there that day and were really superb. We both felt we were treated very well and is our top tea room for the Victorian experience. We would definitely go back and definitely recommend to everyone. Enjoy!
Vickie, what a wonderful review.Love the details. In this busy, hurried world we live in today I appreciate the extra time you took to write such a glowing review..and I'm so glad your granddaughter enjoyed her visit too..We look forward to your return visit..Thanks Rita<BR>
One of the best teas - great food and tea selection for a great price. After spending a lot of money at other tea rooms and still feeling hungry this was a real value. Everything from the shrimp cocktail, the spicy coconut soup, mango salad, and the petite sandwiches and sweets really hit the spot. I could not believe ow amazing it was. The atmosphere is clean, bright and plenty of room - there is no feeling of being cramped or rushed. This should be at the top of the list along with Tea by Two. By far, the best bang for your buck - I no longer waste my money and time at other places!
This was the first of four teas for me and my granddaughter for our mini 'Tea Tour'. We could not have been luckier - as it was perfect in every way. The only problem was that it set the bar very high and the next several tea rooms we visited were huge, expensive let downs. Fortunately, the last tea room we visited brought it home again and reminded us again of how well-crafted and beautifully presented the tea service was at Tea by Two. Tea by Two is definitely at the top of our list - and it should be on top on this site as well. I believe that as the word blazes throughout tea-drinking people it soon will be! The absolute best feature that this tea room offers (besides all the other great things...lol) is bottomless tea. And if you don't like what you choose, they will whisk it away and bring something you will like. I remember being shocked at a pricier place that not only did not allow for me to sample several teas but to choose just one and which arrived in a lukewarm tiny teapot and too bad if I did not like it. Additional pots of tea were $3.50 each! That seemed to be the norm until we hit the 4th tea room - again - unlimited choices. I realize now that not having the choice of tea selection is a deal-killer for me...and any other tea rooms will not be patronized by me if I see the stinginess that I encountered at those pricey places. It is a 'tea' room after all and what good is your 100 choice of teas if I am only stuck with one? I recommend Tea by Two to every one I meet and I am not surprised to hear people say - 'Oh - that's where I go!' Some tea room owners could learn a lot by visiting Tea by Two!