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I was excited to learn about the grand opening of Crown & Crumpet last month, “a room with tea and wit”. My excitement was followed by great disappointment when I discovered the anticipated tea salon would be located in the newly revamped Ghirardelli Square in the heart of old San Francisco.

 

Considering, I am about 10 states away in the Midwest, I would not be able to easily experience this “destination tearoom” known for top-quality food and excellent libations, all with the style and charm that one finds in modern day Britain.  My readings about Crown & Crumpet reflect a tea atmosphere that infuses tradition with a large dose of panache and humor. The space has been architecturally designed by renowned English architect and designer Roland Courtenay Bishop and interior designed by owners Christopher and Amy Dean. 

 

In addition to what appears to be exquisite design, Crown & Crumpet will also contain a retail section, filled with teas from Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Tea Palace from London, Palais du Thé from Paris, and Lindsay’s Teas, among others.

 

If you live in the San Francisco area or are visiting stop by Crown & Crumpet for Afternoon Tea Service or a simple cuppa tea. Because I must live vicariously through you, please stop by and give me all of the details.

 

 

Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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As a belated birthday gift two of my co-workers treated me to “High Tea” at Mrs. Teapots. It was a wonderful time amongst friends!

You can experience High Tea at Mrs. TeaPots at various times throughout the day. A reservation is required – but other than that your only responsibility is to arrive on time. Our reservations were at 1:15 p.m. and we did not leave until 2:45 p.m. This was my first tea experience at Mrs. Mrs. Teapots and I enjoyed the leisurely pace in which the courses were served.

Our first order… the tea. The three of us shared two pots of tea – Royal Wedding and Apricot Cream. I know very little about either of these two teas; therefore, I can only provide a modified review. The first tea I had the pleasure of drinking was the Apricot Cream:

Name: Apricot Cream

Aroma: Apricot

Liquor: Burnished orange

Flavor: A definite fruit flavor. The apricot was sweet, yet not overpowering. I tasted with and without honey – the honey enhanced the apricot flavor

After enjoying a delicious cup of the Apricot Cream. I unceremoniously progressed to the Royal Wedding:

Name: Royal Wedding

Aroma: Sweet – not necessarily fruity.

Liquor: Light brown with red tones.

Flavor: Sweet yet floral flavor. A combination I have never experienced. I tasted both with and without honey – it was enjoyable either way.

Once the tea arrived, the food immediately followed. I will describe the food by courses.

Course 1: A salad of mixed greens, carrots and tomato with your choice of dressing – Apricot Vinaigrette or Ranch. I opted for the Apricot Vinaigrette. The dressing was delicious! The dressing reminded me of a well seasoned Italian dressing with the addition of fresh apricots that added a pleasant sweetness. There was also a fantastic slice of cheese and asparagus quiche.

Course 2: Zucchini bread and chocolate chip scone – white and milk chocolate. This was served with a tasty pistachio cream – a mix between butter and cream cheese. In addition there was a dainty champagne glass filled with fresh fruit.

Course 3: This course included well seasoned chicken salad on a croissant AND a tasty , bite-sized pretzel sandwich. The pretzel sandwich was made of pretzel bread sprinkled with a little salt, a strawberry cream cheese spread, a moderate slice of cucumber and tomato. This was the best finger sandwich I have ever eaten. I would have taken four of those over the chicken salad. This is not to say the chicken salad was not good, but the pretzel sandwich stole the show.

Course 4: A medium slice of chocolate cake, a fabulous pecan tart, AND a chocolate covered strawberry.

Please understand each of us were served every item listed above. I was unable to finish it all, not to mention completely stuffed. You can only imagine my surprise every time I received the next course.

If you are ever in the Kentucky area you must visit Mrs. Teapots. Not only will you receive superior service, you will enjoy delicious tea while seated in the most quaint environment. Mrs. Teapots is chock full of teas and tea accessories to not only ooh and aah over, but to purchase as well. The best part of it all… you will never leave hungry!

Until then…Happy Tea Drinking!

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