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Nov 22, 2008 02:25 PM

High Tea?

I am looking for a nice high tea, preferably Westside, but will go to Pasadena if need be. I was thinking of Rose Cottage in Pasadena, but I believe its closed right now.

Anyone know of a place (I like sandwiches better than the scones and pastries and clotted cream, but a mix is ok too)?

Also, a place where you can get dolled up in vintage and maybe even wear a hat is a plus (although if its a choice between that and not breaking the bank, I'll forego the eyelet bolero)

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  1. I always enjoy tea at the Huntington Garden in San Marino. You do have to pay the entrance fee in addition to the cost of the tea, but it's worth spending several hours enjoying the gardens, art and other displays (wear comfortable shoes).

    1. there's a new high tea at the Montage Hotel at Beverly Dr. and Wilshire in Bev Hills.

      1. Hmm this was afternoon tea and not high tea, but you still get everything from scones to sandwiches to pastries at the Gordon Ramsay at the London.
        Here's my review where I went through everything we had, so you can decide if it's something you want to try! A lot closer than Pasadena anyway :)

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        1. re: burumun

          I'm sure what the OP is after is afternoon tea. High tea is what the working class in England typically have when they get home from work. It's really more akin to a light dinner.

          1. re: Bob Brooks

            They aren't listening, Bob. 90% of the American public is convinced that "high" refers to an increased level of formality, and not (as is indeed the case) to the height of the table, i.e. the kitchen table as opposed to a low tea-table. If you gave'em a REAL high tea, say a mug of milky tea and a ham sandwich, they'd think you were the loony one.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Thanks for the clarification. I thought it related to glam factor.
              All of this talk of pub food makes me wonder if London is worth another shot, last time I ventured past Heathrow (which I note has that great looking oyster bar) it was all Wimpy Burgers and Pizzaland and funny tasting oil on the fish and chips.

            2. re: Bob Brooks

              Thank you for knowing that. Even Martha #$%^& Stewart gets that wrong. ::headdesk::

              1. re: SeleneSue

                I did neglect to add that I personally would prefer the big mug and the ham sandwich. Or maybe a slice of cold pork pie... Too damn bad you can't get THAT at the Huntington Gardens!

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Bacon buttie and a pint o' Newcastle... mmmmmmm. Gotta go to a pub for that.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Don't think Brit's has bacon buttie, and y'know their peas are not only a suspiciously bright shade of green (instead of the proper olive drab), but borderline crunchy as well. Looks like I need to look beyond Pasadena. Suggestions?

          2. I love love the high tea at the Biltmore in downtown LA. this time of year, they decorate it for the holidays and its pretty. they also have a champagne high tea as well, the food is really delicious.

            i also had high tea at the Beverly Wilshire ages ago when i was a kid, but i just remember the room being pretty, but don't remember anything about the food. (i was a snotty kid with my friends who only wanted burger king at the time - haha)

            1. Gardens Restaurant at Four Seasons.

              Jin Patisserie in Venice has some great selections, and beautiful cakes.

              I like the Huntington Gardens best though, since you have such a great place to spend a whole day at.

              Jin Patisserie
              1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              Four Seasons Hotel
              300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048