We dream about visiting England one day, my daughter and I, but have yet to engage in that delight. We found a similar British exploit. We got all dolled up, drove south to Carefree, Arizona, and enjoyed lunch at the English Rose Tea Room.
Amy, a registered nurse in mental health care, heard about the tea room from a patient. We gave it an excellent review as the friendly staff fulfilled our fantasy of pure lady hood in English cuisine and décor.
We chose to eat outdoors on the sidewalk cafe’ rather than the tea room. We enjoyed the European effect, especially Amy who works in a high-stress environment. I smiled as she relaxed with her back facing the warm sun. The perfect temperature, 72 degrees, enveloped us and healed us. We forgot about the above freezing temperatures we left behind that morning.
In this photo, the tables behind me create lovely ambiance for an exquisite woman’s lunch!
We ordered a pot of Chocolate Almond Coconut tea. Notice the strainer we placed over our tea cups that we used to pour our steeped tea after 2 minutes.
Amy and I both chose the tea sandwiches with soup. I have food allergies so I passed on the salmon with lemon but Amy enjoyed the flavor. I liked the chicken filling and, of course, the cucumber and cream cheese. So English! The soup of the day, cream of chicken with wild rice, stole the show. Very filling!
We ordered scones with clotted cream and jam for dessert as we lingered, drinking tea.
We selected tea in the gift shop to purchase and to take home to remember this wonderful experience in our ordinary days ahead. That was when I bumped into Queen Elizabeth.
Are you a tea drinker? What is your favorite flavor? Or are you a coffee person?