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High Tea

SIMIHOUND Oct 1, 2011 06:59 PM

Looking for place for my wife and her granddaughter to have high tea. I want the atmosphere to be special and a place she can put on her best dress and feel like a little lady. Location should be within 30 miles of the SFV or LA.

  1. WildSwede Oct 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    My absolute favorite is Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena. Very classy, very correct. They have even won awards. They only offer one type of tea - their special blend, and it is delicious.


    Rose Tree Cottage
    801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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    1. re: WildSwede
      katydid13 Oct 7, 2011 08:08 PM

      Second Rose Tree Cottage. Despite the beauty of Huntington Garden, I found the tea to be nothing special, partly because of the buffet, all-you-can-eat style, but mostly because there were flies buzzing around the food table from all the in&out through the door.

      Rose Tree Cottage
      801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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      cacio e pepe Oct 4, 2011 11:53 AM

      I think you're looking for Afternoon Tea, as opposed to high tea, no?

      I like the Americana version that Clementine does. Jin does a nice tea service, but isn't traditionally British either.

      Some people like the Tudor House, but I haven't been.

      Tudor House
      1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1. The Oracle Oct 4, 2011 09:05 AM

        My favorite is the Langham, Pasadena. It's a beautiful room, top-notch service, and depending on the age of the granddaughter, it's kid-friendly and offers kids tea sandwiches. Tea is only served on certain days, however, with a chocolate tea on Sunday.

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          lrhr Oct 2, 2011 01:34 PM

          The tea room at Huntington Gardens in South Pasadena. At the edge of your driving parameters, perhaps. I do feel the prices have gone up rather steeply without a commensurate upgrade of the food, and you do have to pay to get into the grounds in addition.

          That said, the room is nice with a nice view of the rose garden or the herb garden, the selection of food is substantial (buffet, rather than plated--tea sandwiches, salads, cheese and crackers, fruit, and desserts), the scones are yummy and they will package the extras to go. And walking the gardens is a lovely way to spend an afternoon...and if she is all dressed up, then a meander through the main house pretending she lives there should make her day.

          1. t
            tnsquire Oct 2, 2011 02:08 AM

            if your wife likes a little old school and fancy what about the beverly hills hotel .the polo lounge

            1. m
              maudies5 Oct 1, 2011 07:03 PM

              The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills does a lovely High Tea.

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              1. re: maudies5
                SIMIHOUND Oct 1, 2011 07:49 PM

                I just found this online. It seems to be what we are looking for but I am thankful for other suggestions as well.

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