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Where can I find a bakery or brunch serving authentic scones, and not the American kind (too bread-y and extra large)?

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  1. Believe it or not, Cafe Cordiale on Ventura Blvd. just east of Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks has pretty darn good scones.

    1. In the Long Beach area the place to go for scones (and other high tea style foods) is The Vintage Tea Leaf on Broadway. But you might have to wear a funny hat.

      1. I do love the scones at Sweet Lady Jane. Be forewarned, they are rather large.

        1. I'd also be grateful for tips on where, if anyplace, to find great scones. Of the larger than life, mutant versions, I'd have to recommend Clementine's and even Alcove Cafe in Los Feliz. But if you can remember back to Sheila Linderman's amazing work at 72 Market St., Elka Gilmore's at Camelions and Gerri Gilliland's at her namesake cafe, then you know there's a world of difference. But, then, what would you expect from a linguist, a chemist and an Irish lass who also did pastry?

          1. the most wonderful scones I have found were at the Hotel Bel Air--a pricey afternoon tea but worth it just for the scones, the clotted cream and the lemon curd.....the scones themselves were just substantial enough, but not heavy, and served warm from the oven. A true treat!

            1. I guess Tudor House in Santa Monica would be a good place to try. They are an English grocers with a bakery section that sells scones, sausage rolls, jam tarts - all things English. They also do afternoon tea. Never had it, but it may be worth checking out.

              They are on 2nd Street.

              1. I've heard that the Bristol Farms in South Pasadena has really great scones. Never tried them, though. Had great scones at the Beverly Hills Hotel tea a few years ago.

                Dry scones at Europane, in Pasadena. One of Europane's few false steps. There, you should get the blueberry brioche, instead.

                1. The tea room at the Huntington Gardens has delicious mini scones, served warm. But the rest of their prix-fixe spread, buffet sandwiches and tarts etc, is not inspiring. Chado on 3rd (another in Pasadena off Colorado in Old Town) has really good scones, as I recall. Neither of these places has real clotted cream (just approximations), but Cost Plus sells mini jars of it that you can tuck in your purse!