Every month or so, my SIL + I have a date. After visiting The English Rose Tea Room last month, we couldn’t wait to go back. Why not for our date!? I’m SO GLAD we did!! We got to try more of the teas we were curious about the last time, but didn’t get to have. And I starved myself, so I had an appetite ready for ALL the tea sandwiches + savories this time! 🙂
[Disclosure: I wondered if I should bring my professional camera for this visit, even though it was an off-Tour stop. My husband discouraged me from bringing it, since it was just going to be a casual date with my sister. So- SORRY in advance!! These pics are all taken with just my iPhone 4!]
Our server was a sweetheart! She had just started working there a month ago. She was very swift with her service, and tended to us so lovingly throughout our visit. I forgot to mention in my last post about this spot: an OCDers dream!! They bring you hot towels!!?! So nice huh? During the month of November, the tea room was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. She brought us a complimentary celebratory sparkling cider and offered us the tea of the day. Today’s was Lisa’s Sweetheart Tea (I think??), it was a chocolate raspberry rose tea. Smelled delicious, and tasted wonderful. We ordered the Pumpkin (again OF COURSE, pumpkin-freaks we both are) + Birthday Blend first. The Pumpkin obviously was just as perfect as it was when we had it first. In heaven with that one. We were so happy with our decision in ordering the Birthday Blend. It was so nice!! It was what you would expect a ‘birthday cake’ flavor tea to taste like. It was so creamy + comforting. I could have had that one exclusively for the rest of the afternoon, and would have been content. But, we had more teas to try! The other 2 pots we exchanged for were my sister’s choice, the Almond Joy (I absolutely adore the creamer, so I thought this one would be similar), and my pick the Lavender Lace (I’m fond of lavender, and then “lace” makes it just sound so pretty!?). The Almond Joy was a fail! It smelled like playdough!!?! I mean, it wasn’t BAD. We just didn’t like it. I even told my sister to pour the rest of hers back into the teapot, since we knew we wouldn’t be having any more of it. The Lavender Lace was just delightful! It smelled like the spa And you were about to get a massage!? Hehe. But it tasted incredible. Perfect for our finishing tea.
Okay, the food… I was stuffed!!
This was the stuffing roll. Yes, I said STUFFING!! It was remarkable! I’m a stuffing FAN, so when she described this one I knew I was going to have it first. It was interesting + delicious. Wrapped with a spinach tortilla (I’m guessing), and -BONUS- the stuffing had cranberry in it!
When our server said “sweet potato tart,” my eyes became big like that one emoji with the huge circle eyes!? I looove sweet potato. This was as yummy as it sounds. A nice mix of sweet potato in there, with a nice flakey tart.
This was their salad sandwich. A perfect mix. Very filling + a wonderful addition to the tier of tea sandwiches.
There was also an egg + black olive on wheat. Awesome combo right?! Tried it, but only had a bite. I thought it was bland. And the cucumber option had green onion in it. I don’t do green onion, so I stayed faaar away from that one. My sister liked both of hers though!
I of course had my scone. Plain scone with clotted cream, lemon curd + strawberry preserves. The crispy edges of their scone makes it addicting! The sweets tier had so many GOOD THINGS! I liked everything I had. Ate em so fast, no picture!! I started with the French macaron that was staring at me the whole time. I believe it was lavender flavored. I joked with my sister that it smelled/tasted like shampoo!? It did!! But, even so, I ate the whole thing!! The texture + filling was perfect for a French macaron. Then, the petit four was calling me! I have these things once a month, at every tea party. They’re pretty much all the same, in my book. But this one, this one was terrific!! I inhaaaaled it. Ugh- so they had this pecan bar. So chewy + crunchy + gooey!! I made out with that thing!!?! I was sad that my sister didn’t have hers, but so happy that I had another opportunity to relive that pecan goodness! 🙂
They sent us home with these lovely lemon curd cupcakes! (We coulda had em there, but we didn’t have anymore room!?) Another complimentary celebratory treat! Oh these were good! Not too sweet + not too lemony. The sprinkles on top were nice too! 😉
All-in-all, a SPECTAULAR AFTERNOON! They got all A+’s from me. Still maaaaany more teas to try (I mean, they have over a hundred of em), so I’m sure we’ll be back again. Just 2 more weeks and I get to have Tea again!! Check back for our thoughts on Spot #5…