A Lovely Time at Tudor Rose English Tea Room

There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea. I have never been a lover of coffee, but I dealt with it out of the necessity for caffeine for many years. That is, until I found a much better option, tea. Despite my love of all different types of tea, I had never been to a High Tea until we lived in Hua Hin and my mom came to visit. I thought that Afternoon Tea at the Centara Grand in Hua Hin was amazing, but it was nothing in comparison to the lovely time I had yesterday at Tudor Rose English Tea Room here in Santa Rosa, California.

Yesterday was my moms’ birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!) and my sisters and I decided to take her out for afternoon tea at Tudor Rose English Tea Room in downtown Santa Rosa. I called as soon as they opened at 11:00 a.m. to reserve a table. The owner, Angela, answered and was so helpful and kind. I first asked if children were permitted in the tea room (you never know) and was told that they loved having children come in and they were more than welcome. I was able to make a reservation for 6 of us (including my three-year old! Hooray!) at the time we needed with no problem at all.

When I arrived at the tea room, I was impressed with the lengths that were put into the decor. The entrance was decorated to look like the entrance to an English cottage. (Ok, what I think an English cottage entrance looks like, I will have to back that up when we visit the UK next month.) There were mismatched tables, with mismatched china, and vases of flowers, and a fountain on one wall that made it so comfortable and interesting.

Country look in the middle of the city.
Country look in the middle of the city.
The tables were set and ready for tea time.
The tables were set and ready for tea time.
That is a fountain over there on the wall... it added such a soothing sound to the experience.
That is a fountain over there on the wall… it added such a soothing sound to the experience.

We were greeted by Marsha (hopefully I am spelling that correctly) and given an option of what table to sit at. We chose the nook in the back, which was a perfect spot for a group with a child.  Marsha gave us some time to go over the menu and then came and took our tea order so the tea could steep the appropriate time before we were served our snacks.

The tea menu
So many different types of tea!
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You could order lunch items.
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You could order off the á la carte menu.
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Or, you could order a set meal.

I ordered the Tudor Rose tea, a sausage roll, a beef and vegetable pastie (which I crudely and embarrassingly pronounces like the wrong pastie… oops), and the bread pudding. My sisters, aunt, and mom ordered many other things, but I didn’t try them so I will just tell you about mine. They did tell me that their food was excellent.

A sausage roll and the sandwiches.
A sausage roll and the sandwiches.
The tray of lovely food!
The tray of lovely food!

So, my tea time meal was better than I could have imagined. The Tudor rose tea was served perfectly steeped and had a warm, nutty, and vanilla flavor. I liked it so much that I drank two pots all by myself. The sausage roll was not a hot dog wrapped in pastry like I had assumed, but was actual flavorful sausage with a hint of spiciness wrapped in a flaky savory pastry. The beef and vegetable pastie was much larger than I expected and tasted fresh and a little sweet which surprised me but was actually delicious. The bread pudding…. oh, how can I even write how tasty it was… the bread pudding was served in a glass cup covered in whipped cream. It was sweet and savory at the same time, with a touch of cinnamon and full of plump fresh raisins. I am a bread pudding FAN and often leave eating establishments wanting for a good bread pudding and I felt that Tudor Rose English Tea Room was spot on. Everything I had, I thoroughly enjoyed and want more of (seriously, I really want it now).

One of my favorite parts of having afternoon tea at Tudor Rose English Room was that they provided hats for you to wear! They had new and vintage hats, and I think Zoë and I tried all of them on. I may be a bit of the “family clown”  but I most enjoyed the crazy looking hats and made my family members do a mini photo shoot of me with them on. Z and I also shared the joy and made everyone else wear hats as well!

One of the hats that I loved.
One of the hats that I loved.
This was my favorite hat. I called it my Christmas tree hat.
This was my favorite hat. I called it my Christmas tree hat.
Zoë and my mom sporting their hats.
Zoë and my mom sporting their hats.

After we had laughed, and eaten, and drank many pots of tea, we paid the bill and left. The food and tea were fairly priced for the quality and experience. I would definitely recommend having tea time at Tudor Rose English Tea Room, the only suggestion I would give you is to make sure you are hungry and ready for fun!

Have you ever been to a tea room? What did you like best: the tea, snacks, ambience, or something else?

  26 comments for “A Lovely Time at Tudor Rose English Tea Room

  1. joylovestravel
    May 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Looks like a great place, love the idea of the hats!

    • andthreetogo
      May 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      I loved that most of the hats were vintage and quirky. 🙂 fits my personality I guess.

  2. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    May 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I have been to a tea room in Lexington, KY. The ladies at the health clinic I worked at treated me there as a going away gift. I loved it so much! I loved the ambiance and the food and drink! Especially with the delightful company I was with! I love bread pudding, too! Was theirs with a custard sauce? (And which pastie is pronounced which way, by the way?)

    • andthreetogo
      May 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      The bread pudding was served with thick whipped cream (and I added some clotted cream, because I love it!). I don’t know if I have ever had it with custard.
      So a beef and vegetable pastie is said like past with eeee at the end. The other kind is pronounced with a long a. Nothing embarrassing about using striptease vocabulary during afternoon tea. Eek. Hahah

  3. annabellefranklinauthor
    May 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Living in the UK I have been to a few tea rooms, some good, some bad, some indifferent – but the Tudor Rose sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoy your stay in the UK

    • andthreetogo
      May 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you! And thank you for stopping by and commenting! Is there a particular tea room that you would recommend? We will be staying in Corby and Bedford close to London.

      • annabellefranklinauthor
        May 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

        I can’t speak from experience as I haven’t visited any tea rooms in that area, but I looked online and there’s one in Bedford High Street called The Kiln http://www.bedfordkiln.co.uk/tea-rooms/ There’s also the Rockingham Tea Room in Corby, but it didn’t have great reviews so you might want to pass on that. Sadly, neither of them look as nice as your lovely Tudor Rose!

  4. Cyndie Tobin
    May 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tammy! What a great idea, perfect place to take her.
    I’ve been to tea rooms all over, but my favorite was in Santa Monica, CA, at a place that was a steak house by night and a tea house by day. The waiters wore tuxs and the portions were huge. The scones were fluffy and hot. There were seven courses and best of all, they served sherry, as much as you wanted.

    • andthreetogo
      May 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Oh that sounds fabulous!

  5. Less to More
    May 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This reminds me of taking my daughter to a tea room for her 5th birthday. She ordered the child’s plate, which was a PBJ sandwich and a cookie … I would never pay money for PBJ since I make it for my kids all the time, so I considered it paying for the ambience of that tea room. It was very cute to watch my daughter trying to sit and eat properly. Trying to get my husband to come with me one of these days, but I don’t think it will ever happen.

    • andthreetogo
      May 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, I don’t ever think Chad would go either. Although it would be hilarious to see him drinking tea in a silly hat with his pinkie out. 😀

  6. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    May 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Yes, you’ll have to compare it to the UK now. I remember when we lived there someone convinced us it was high tea at the Ritz that had to be done. (Then we embarrassed ourselves by having to borrow ties and proceeding to ask if all thirteen of us could pay individually using separate credit cards. Classy. But you look like you can do better.)

    You’ll also have to do a comparative review of your sausage roll vs the typical Australian version, in which the minced meat isn’t encased in sausage casing, only pastry.

    • andthreetogo
      May 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I would happily test and review any sausage roll that was presented to me 🙂
      Also yes, that would be a little awkward each paying separately…. I am surprised they would do it! Here in Santa Rosa, there are some serious frowns when you even want to split it 2 ways.

  7. Kimberly
    May 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Ooo, I LOVE the Tudor Rose! So glad you did too! I went there with the SOMA ladies about a year ago and took my mommy there recently (btw, happy birthday to your mommy!). I wish I could go more often, but it’s a bit too expensive for our super tight budget right now. But, I feel the quality of the food and tea is totally worth the cost. You’ll have to go to a tea room in England and report back how they compare 😀 Though, Angela is from England, so I would assume it’s pretty close.

    • andthreetogo
      May 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I totally want to check one out while we are there!

  8. The Vanilla Housewife
    May 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon! I’ve always wanted to go to a tea room but I don’t know if we have any here and unfortunately I cannot swallow tea unless it’s iced and full of sugar! LOL
    Belated happy birthday to your mom!

    • andthreetogo
      May 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      They also had bear and wine 🙂

  9. bakeritalia
    May 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I love, love High tea, in fact I love it so much I opened my own High Tea To You catering business where I deliver high tea to people on the beach, at home, in the mountains or in your back yard. Tea is magical and homemade mini bites are just pure heaven.
    So glad you had a wonderful experience with your mom

    • andthreetogo
      May 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Wow! That is so cool! What a great idea! There needs to be one in Thailand, maybe you guys should relocate there 🙂 I would love some tea on the beach!

  10. thebritishberliner
    May 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! and they had sausage rolls too. As a British person, tea is my thing. I hate coffee! And yes, I have had High Tea at the Ritz Carlton here in Berlin and at The Adlon Kempinski. I’ve also had High Tea at the Sofitel in Dalat, Vietnam and the Four Seasons and a couple of places in London, Brighton, and Manchester. You can never go wrong with a “Queen Victoria,” a “Queen Mum,” a “Winston Churchill”, in fact, let’s have them all.
    I love you all! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      May 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      I wish I had been able to have them all! I need to go back again as I hardly had enough room for what I ordered. 🙂

  11. Much to be thankful for!
    May 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love the write-up of a most wonderful day at The Tudor Rose and many “thank-yous
    to all who wished me a happy day. It was so very special to celebrate at the tea room most especially with so many of my “kids”
    Love your blog!

    • andthreetogo
      May 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks mom! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. Tudor Rose English Tea Room
    July 21, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Can’t believe we’re just seeing this! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Tudor Rose. It was a dream come true for us and we’re so glad your mother, daughter, and you had such a beautiful time. Please do come back and see us soon. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Pinkies up!

    • andthreetogo
      July 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I really loves our time at the Tudor Rose immensely. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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