I have been going to the Empress Tea Room for years. I take all my out of town guests there as a unique experience. Every Valentine's Day I treat my daughters and granddaughters to lunch/ high tea at the Empress. The teas are superb: they always have a tea of the day, and the food is delicious. The soups, salads, and sandwiches that they offer in addition to high tea are absolutely delicious. . You often see men in there enjoying lunch also. They have a small, but very elegant gift shop where I have bought many gifts. My favorite of all is their scones served w/ clotted cream and jam. I even order their scones for breakfast or tea at my house. It is a wonderful experience.