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Mar 2, 2008 03:13 PM

High Tea in Sonoma County?

I'm a Sonoma County native, but now living in the Los Angeles area, where I frequently visit several local tea houses. I've had excellent high tea at Jin Patisserie in Venice, and both Chado locations in LA and Pasadena, among others. Can anyone recommend a similar spot in Sonoma County, where I often visit my folks? I found Jacqueline's in Petaluma in a web search, but I'm a little worried about the photos! A garden fountain and fake potted plants in the dining room?! I'm hoping for a wide tea selection, scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, maybe some cheese, the usual. Thanks.

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  1. Sounds like you're looking for "afternoon tea" rather than "high tea," which more closely resembles a light supper.

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    1. re: Fine

      Thanks Fine- yeah, afternoon tea is more like it, but I'll take suggestions for either/or!

      1. re: eburson

        Madge's place sounds good and the ride to Calistoga from Sonoma by Trinity Road is probably just a bit longer than the ride to Petaluma. Of course it doesn't work well if someone doesn't do well with winding mountain roads.

    2. Jacqueline's is a NIGHTMARE! Roccoco and tacky, food just not worth the time....No other place in Petaluma with high tea... Perhaps someone will come up with an idea for Forrestville, Sonoma or Healdsburg...

      1. English Garden Tea Rooms
        1107 Cedar at Lincoln in Calistoga. Not Sonoma County but just over the hill.
        I haven't been. They opened beginning of this year?

        1. I have to update my original post here. On Madge's recommendation, we went to English Garden Tea Rooms in Calistoga. It was so lovely, we went back two days later! The menu is very large and detailed, including everything from traditional tea selections to meat pies. The hosts are British, and we found that many of the patrons were also British. Everything we tried was very good- scones are available in sweet or savory, the desserts are excellent, the tea list is adequate. The place settings are really traditional, and the dining room is sunny and pleasant.

          On our first visit there were only a few customers and we got great service. On our second visit the place was packed and service was slow, but the staff were extremely apologetic. There are the usual British cookies, teas, and things for sale there as well.

          A hearty recommendation- really a great place for tea in the North Bay. Thanks Madge!

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          1. re: eburson

            Doing the placelinking thang. (:

            English Garden Tea Rooms
            1107 Cedar St, Calistoga, CA