I love a good cup of tea and a scone. Since I miss sitting down for this treat at The Orangery in London, I like having a tea room here at home where I can go whenever a craving comes on. Lovejoy’s Tea Room is cozy and traditional and my favorite place to go for tea in the city. I recently went there with my cousins for a leisurely afternoon.
The menu is expansive with different teas ranging from a Cream tea which is simply scones and fruit to a full-on Queen’s tea which offers sandwiches, salad, fruit, scones, crumpets and biscuits. They also serve heartier meals like shepherd’s pie and quiches. No matter what type of tea service ordered, each comes with a pot of tea of your choosing, whether it’s black, green, or herbal teas.
My cousins and I each ordered the High Tea which comes with a cabbage salad, spring greens, choice of two sandwiches, scone, and tea biscuit. We started off with our tea, each coming in different beautiful floral teacups and saucers and contrasting tea pots which kind of reminds me of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, no?
We ordered sandwiches with cucumber and cream cheese, egg & onion, chicken-apple-walnut salad, and branston pickled chutney and cheese, all of which were so delicious. But we saved the best for last – the scone. Thick and buttery, we went to town with the scone and slathered on clotted cream and jam. I would’ve been satisfied with the scone to end my tea time but the waitress came around with a tray of petits fours, chocolates with marzipan, that my cousins and I couldn’t resist.
The décor inside Lovejoy’s is very old-school English and creates an ambiance which sets it apart from other tea rooms in the city – wooden floors and mismatched tables and chairs, embroidered lace table cloths, and antique china, frames, and photographs line the walls. It’s such a quiet little place tucked into an even quieter part of the Noe Valley neighborhood but well worth the visit.
I called a couple weeks in advance to make a reservation because the tea room is always full on the weekends since ladies love to have their bridal and baby showers here. While there, a group of young girls were sitting by themselves having tea and wearing dresses and big floppy hats, while their parents sat a table across the room to let them have their moment. They were so adorable and I would have loved to have the same tea party with my friends when I was 8!
My cousins and I were a little early for our reservation, so we went across the street to Lovejoy’s Attic, a gift shop selling tea cups, saucers, and other china, loose leaf teas, and other tea accessories, and jams, and clotted creams. I bought a jar of clotted cream a while ago and a package of scone mix from Williams Sonoma so I could make scones at home and eat for breakfast – something I must repeat again but nothing compares to going to a tea room!
What’s your favorite tea room?