Pot of Gold – Union Tribune

by Lorna on November 15, 2010

You’ll treasure tea service as a gem of genteelness

May 15, 2005

For a spot of tranquillity and gentility, look no further than your local tea room. The English tradition of afternoon tea has jumped the pond and is alive and well in San Diego.

A trio of tearooms with a British bent have emerged here in recent years as oases in a sea of cacophonous coffee emporiums. Swathed in soothing hues and Victoriana, these rooms dispense refreshment in the form of wee sandwiches, scones with jam, and petite pastries – everything required to revive the soul and sustain the body over the long haul until dinner.

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room is one such jewel tucked in La Mesa’s crown. Softly lit and furnished with antiques and lace-draped tables, Aubrey Rose provides a yesteryear elegance in which to nibble sandwiches and sip tea.

Two full-service afternoon teas are offered: the Lady Anne features assorted sandwiches such as chicken salad with tarragon and pecans on date-nut bread, scones with mock Devonshire cream, lemon curd and fruit preserves, and pastries for $19.95. The Queen Victoria, for $24.95, adds an extra sandwich, tea breads and a savory choice such as quiche.

Space permitting, walk-ins may partake of the Cream Tea – a pot of brew and a scone – for $9.95.

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