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)
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).
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 :)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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