GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off

                     CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROSE TREE COTTAGE!                                  THE WINNER OF THE 2014 GREAT BRITISH AFTERNOON TEA-OFF! 

The Best Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles! Voted on by Brit Week guests and Afternoon Tea Fans!

The Best Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles! Voted on by Brit Week guests and Afternoon Tea Fans!

Thank you to all our wonderful Great British Afternoon Tea-Off Nominees! We enjoyed visiting all your lovely tea rooms and we look forward to continuing to recommend all your fantastic establishments! Thank you to all the Britweek and Afternoon Tea fans that voted. Your enthusiasm and support for your favorite tea room was truly wonderful. Thank you for keeping the tradition of Afternoon Tea alive!! Pinkies up…It’s Teatime!

‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea.”  ~ Henry James

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The Anglophile Channel and BRIT WEEK are proud to present the 2014 GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off Event! Congratulations to our 2014 nominees: The High Tea Cottage (Woodland Hills, Ca), Ye Olde King’s Head tea room (Santa Monica, Ca), Rose Tree Cottage (Pasadena, Ca), and The Queen Mary Tea Room (Long Beach, Ca). We have visited each of these lovely tea rooms, interviewed the owners and sampled their Afternoon Tea, and let me tell you what a treat you have in store for you!  Each tea room is unique and has its own distinct personality!  We will feature each nominee in a video that introduces you to the tea room, it’s owner and shows you what sets it apart from other Afternoon Teas in Los Angeles. Videos will be posted here on our website, as well as on our YouTube channel, beginning April 22nd. We invite all of our Brit Week followers to visit each of these tea rooms during Brit Week (from April 21 through May 4th) and decide which one YOU feel offers the BEST Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles.  Each of our nominees will offer a special “Brit Week” tea and/or discount during the GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off event.  After you’ve enjoyed teatime…you may place your vote HERE on our website, AND on our YouTube Channel by leaving your comment/vote below the video of your choice! The winner of our GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off will be announced the week of May 5th!

For more details on Brit Week and other events you can attend visit their website:

http://www.britweek.org/los-angeles-events/

Good Luck to all our GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off nominees! Let the VOTING begin! Pinkies up! It’s Teatime!

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Meet Our 2014 GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off Nominees!

Nominee #1: The High Tea Cottage  Woodland Hills, CA

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The High Tea Cottage

High Tea Cottage owners Jenn and Dr. Ken Dodsworth have enjoyed afternoon tea in the most exotic and glamorous locations around the world including Egypt, South Africa, France, and the Grand Canals of Venice…but nothing compared to being invited to Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Coronation celebration and enjoying tea with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Having catered afternoon tea for everyone from royalty to a former President of the United States…Jenn Dodgsworth now shares her special talents with all of us. High Tea Cottage is located in Woodland Hills in an old historic home that used to belong to the Warner Brothers Studio. Enjoying a leisurely Afternoon Tea is top priority to Jenn who makes the time-honored English tradition a true experience to remember.  From the classy greeting from Butler Peter, to the impressive presentation of teas, sandwiches and pastries, the environment that Jenn has created allows you to leave your cares and worries at the door and invites you to truly luxuriate over a lovely Afternoon Tea, which at High Tea Cottage is not just a meal….but an experience.

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A leisurely tea is encouraged at High Tea Cottage!

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A beautiful corner table offers a view of the gardens.

The High Tea Cottage offers a wide variety of teas. Owner Jenn Dodsworth rolls out the tea trolly for customers to smell before selecting their tea! Nice touch!

High Tea Cottage offers a wide variety of loose teas. Owner Jenn Dodsworth rolls out the tea trolly for customers to smell before selecting their tea! Nice touch!

Peter the Butler brings our three-tier tray filled with delicious sandwiches, scones and sweeties!

Peter the Butler brings our three-tier tray filled with delicious sandwiches, scones and sweeties!

The homemade jams, curds and Devonshire cream are presented for customers to select from.

The homemade jams, curds and Devonshire cream are elegantly presented for customers to select from.

White gloved tea service for BritWeek Tea Expert, Elyse Ashton

High Tea Cottage is offering a special "BritWeek Tea" at a discount for all Brit Week customers!

High Tea Cottage is offering a special “BritWeek Tea” at a discount for all Brit Week customers!

Watch our visit to High Tea Cottage:

 

Visit High Tea Cottage between now and May 4th and then VOTE for YOUR Favorite Tea Room here! (See voting box above) or leave a comment at The Anglophile Channel on YouTube just below the Tea Room video of your choice!

For reservations visit: http://www.highteacottage.com or call (818) 887-2117

High Tea Cottage is located at:  21938 Costanso Street  Woodland Hills, CA 91364


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Nominee #2: Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room  Santa Monica, CA

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Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room

Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room

For nearly 40 years the Ye Olde King’s Head has been one of the most popular and authentic British pubs in Los Angeles. About a year and a half ago a tea room was added to an English experience that includes not only the pub, but a British gift shoppe and bakery as well! One of the King’s Head Tea Room’s greatest assets is it’s adorably amiable Tea Mistress, Christine! In fact, customers have been known to return to the King’s Head Tea Room just to see her. Not only knowledgeable in the tradition of afternoon tea but so welcoming and friendly you feel as if you’re sitting down to tea with an old friend…making your Afternoon Tea experience  a “wee bit” nicer.  King’s Head offers special event teas throughout the year with celebrations coinciding with English holidays such as St. George’s Day.

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Once only used for showers and private parties, The King’s Head Tea Room now offers Afternoon Tea in a casual, relaxed setting.

One of Ye Olde King's Head Tea Room's biggest draws, next to the scones...is lovely Tea Mistress Christine!

One of Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room’s biggest draws, next to the scones…is lovely Tea Mistress Christine!

The Anglophile Channel's Tea Tasting Team, Elyse Ashton and Miss Juliette Boland

The Anglophile Channel’s Tea Tasting Team, Elyse Ashton and Miss Juliette Boland

Ye Olde King's Head Tea Room offers special teas for holidays and special events such as "BritWeek"

Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room offers special teas for holidays and special events such as “BritWeek”

Ye Olde King's Head's famous freshly baked scones!

Ye Olde King’s Head’s famous freshly baked scones!

Don't forget to stop off at the bakery to take home some scones!

Don’t forget to stop off at the bakery to take home some scones!

...or Digestives for "elevenses"

…or Digestives for “elevenses”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our visit to Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room:

Visit Ye Olde King’s Head Tea Room between now and May 4th and then VOTE for YOUR Favorite Tea Room here! (See voting box above) or leave a comment at The Anglophile Channel on YouTube just below the Tea Room video of your choice!

For reservations visit: http://www.yeoldekingshead.com/  or call (310) 451-1402 

Ye Olde King’s Head is located at: 116 Santa Monica Blvd  Santa Monica, CA


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Nominee #3: Rose Tree Cottage  Pasadena CA

Rose Tree Cottage is located in one of Pasadena's historical homes.

Rose Tree Cottage is located in one of Pasadena’s historical homes.

Rose Tree Cottage

The Rose Tree Cottage is the California institution known as “California’s Original Tea House”.  This lovely tea room is owned and operated with great style and dedication by Edmund and Mary Fry who have been transporting teatime guests back in time for over 40 years! Located in a beautiful house in Pasadena that has been transformed into tea room, bakery and gift shoppe all in one. Rose Tree Cottage offers you the comforts of Afternoon Tea in a beautiful setting surrounded by antiques and artifacts dating back to the Regency era! A team of servers are dispatched to serve your every need and not just any servers but the owners themselves.! Edmund’s classy, debonair presentation is one that Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson would envy. Lady Mary Crawly should be so lucky!  Word of this lovely tea room certainly must have traveled across the pond for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by for tea during their trip to Los Angeles. And if running a tea room isn’t enough, Mary and Edmund have dedicated themselves to their foundation, “Bloom Where Planted” which raises money to enhance the lives and education of children in African countries, which they visit a few times a year.  For a truly unique Afternoon Tea experience  try the Royal Safari Pavilion located outdoors and featuring a decor which makes one feel like Karen Blixen in Out of Africa.

A beautifully appointed room that transports guests back to a bygone era when one was allowed to luxuriate over a nice cup of tea and good conversation.

A beautifully appointed room that transports guests back to a bygone era when one was allowed to luxuriate over a nice cup of tea and good conversation.

The scent of freshly baked scones fill the air as you walk into Rose Tree Cottage

The scent of freshly baked scones fill the air as you walk into Rose Tree Cottage

 

Miniature roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Quail eggs and a delicious selection of sandwiches

Miniature roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Quail eggs and a delicious selection of sandwiches

Freshly baked Shortbread, Sticky Toffee Pudding , Hot Apple Pie and pastries. You will not leave hungry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owner Edmund Fry shows us the Royal Safari Pavilion evokes memories of Out of Africa

Owner Edmund Fry shows us the Royal Safari Pavilion evokes memories of Out of Africa

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Croquet anyone? Edmund, the consummate host will show you how!

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A dedicated employee indeed….98-year old Margaret actually drives from Duarte, CA to Rose Tree Cottage several times a week just to help out in the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Edmund and Mary Fry for a lovely Afternoon Tea!

Thank you to Edmund and Mary Fry for a lovely Afternoon Tea!

Watch our visit to Rose Tree Cottage

Visit Rose Tree Cottage between now and May 4th and then VOTE for YOUR Favorite Tea Room here! (See voting box above) or leave a comment at The Anglophile Channel on YouTube just below the Tea Room video of your choice!

For reservations visit: http://www.rosetreecottage.com or call (626) 793-3337

Rose Tree Cottage is located at: 801 South Pasadena Ave.  Pasadena, CA


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 Nominee #4: The Queen Mary Tea Room  Long Beach, CA

The RMS Queen Mary named after current Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother, Mary of Teck Queen Consort to King George V

The RMS Queen Mary named after current Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Mary of Teck Queen Consort to King George V

The Queen Mary Tea Room

Truly the most unique tea room in America is located aboard the world famous, historic RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach.  The vessel named after Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother Mary of Teck, Queen Consort to King George V is the largest piece of British memorabilia in America and a true Anglophile’s dream to visit. Enjoying Afternoon Tea in the Queen’s Tea Room while enjoying the gorgeous views of the Long Beach harbor is an experience like no other. The tea room was created as a companion experience to the permanent Princess Diana exhibit, “Diana: Legacy of a Princess” which houses the largest private collection of Diana gowns and personal royal memorabilia in America.  For a truly royal British tea experience try the Windsor Tea which features gourmet loose leaf tea, a selection of delightful tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with locally sourced clotted cream and homemade jam, and concludes with a sweet array of petit fours. We can’t  always promise you a visit with Commodore Everette Hoard, but we can promise you the most distinctive tea experience around. After tea stroll the decks of this historic ship that carried royalty, presidents and WWII soldiers across the high seas through the 30′s, 40′s and 50′s .  You can feel the presence of all who sailed before her and it’s magnetic. It’s always hard to say goodbye to The Queen but you’re always invited to stay in one of their 346 original First-class staterooms. You might even find yourself staying in the same room once frequented by The Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Winston Churchill! 

The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary offers unparalleled views of the Long Beach harbor.

The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary offers unparalleled views of the Long Beach harbor.

Commodore Everette Hoard greeted us as we arrived The Tea Room. We can't always promise you'll have the honor of taking tea with the Commodore!

Commodore Everette Hoard greeted us as we arrived The Tea Room. We can’t always promise you’ll have the honor of taking tea with the Commodore!

A delicious array of tea sandwiches and freshly baked scones!

A delicious array of tea sandwiches and freshly baked scones!

 

 

Curried chicken and dried mango, Deviled egg, Canary Melon and prosciutto, Sweet shrimp and heart of palm

Freshly baked scones with locally made clotted cream and jams!

Freshly baked scones with locally made clotted cream and jams!

Our favorite part of Afternoon Tea the petit fours!

Our favorite part of Afternoon Tea the petit fours!

 

Afternoon Tea with the Commodore and our Tea Tasting Team: Elyse Ashton and Juliette Boland

Afternoon Tea with the Commodore and our Tea Tasting Team: Elyse Ashton and Juliette Boland

Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit offers a beautiful collection of Diana's gowns and royal memorabilia.

Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit offers a beautiful collection of Diana’s gowns and royal memorabilia.

Watch our visit to The Queen Mary Tea Room:

Visit The Queen Mary Tea Room between now and May 4th and then VOTE for YOUR Favorite Tea Room here! (See voting box above) or leave a comment at The Anglophile Channel on YouTube just below the Tea Room video of your choice!

For reservations visit: http://www.queenmary.com or call (562) 499-1682

The Queen Mary Tea Room is located on board the historic Queen Mary                                          1126 Queens Highway  Long Beach CA

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Thank you for joining us for the 2014 GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off brought to you by BritWeek and The Anglophile Channel!  Special thanks to Brit Week Executive Director, Lauren Stone; and to our “Tea Tasting” team of experts: Elyse Ashton and Juliette Boland.

Pinkie’s up! It’s Teatime!

Teaart

 

Marlise Boland, Executive Producer                                                                    

The Anglophile Channel

16 Responses to GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off

  1. Ralph Warren says:

    After travelling many places over the world and had an English Tea in most of them i honestly find that Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena certainly is placed correctly in the book naming the top ten Tea Houses in the world. I sincerely recommend Rose Tree Cottage for its authenticity and also for the service of the charming couple Edmond and Mary Fry who make your visit a pleasure and makes you look forward to a return visit.

  2. Jessie Ramirez says:

    I am a transplanted Scot, and have been visiting the Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena for many, many years. Edmund and Mary are most gracious hosts, and their Cottage provides the best of British tradition, food, quality and spirit! It is just like “going home” to spend time in this little corner of Britain in such good company.

  3. Sarah Forsythe says:

    The afternoon tea at Rose Tree Cottage is beyond compare. Better than even what I’ve had in England. The food is always fresh, inviting; the scones absolutely wonderful. Edmund and Mary make your visit charming and pleasant. It is definitely the best Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles if not in the World. Love it!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jann Boinus says:

    Lovely atmosphere and wonderful scones (cooked on their Aga stove!) and the best shortbread and sticky toffee pudding. Go and sample for yourselves.

  5. Anett says:

    Rose Tree Cottage is wonderful. I’ve been visiting for years (including their former location) and I take all of my friends there. Mary and Edmund are charming; they make you feel like you’re having tea in their very elegant English Parlor.

  6. Lupe Zuniga, PhD says:

    I first visited the Rose Tree Cottage in 1983 not knowing what to expect and, since then,
    my family and friends cannot visit often enough! I have tried OTHER tea establishments but there is no comparison. Rose Tree serves their very own custom blend of tea –loose tea leaves, of course, which is absolutely wonderful (not tea bags which the OTHER places use). Their own
    freshly baked scones are heavenly and Mary’s fresh jams and jellies are to die for. I don’t
    understand why there is even a contest–I mean, Rose Tree Cottage is simply the best! Hands
    down!

    Dr. Lupe Zuniga, PhD

  7. Matt says:

    Rose Tree Cottage is charming. It is comfortable and cozy. Edmund and Mary Fry have created a wonderful experience that is very unique! The tea, scones, shortbread, chocolate chip cookies, sticky toffee pudding, etc. are fabulous!

  8. Mic Hansen says:

    Rose Tree Cottage is the best! Charming authentic English afternoon tea with gracious hosts Mary and Edmund Fry. It is by far the best afternoon tea in the greater Los Angeles area, and a treat to be enjoyed and savoured. The food and atmosphere transport the diner to the best of Britain with perfect homemade scones, wonderful finger sandwiches, and the best sticky toffee pudding anywhere.

  9. Ren Hanámi says:

    I’ve been going to Rose Tree since the 1980′s and love it. I spend all my special occasions. I adore Edmund and Mary. –Ren Hanami

  10. C. Gronhagen says:

    My favorite tea, anywhere, is at the Ritz- St. James, in London, and of course, it is difficult for any place to compare with the standard that has set for me.
    However, OF the places noted in Los Angeles, I would have to vote for the Rose Tree Cottage; for it’s authenticity, atmosphere, congeniality of the staff and delicious fare. You leave feeling as if you were just in a country inn in England.
    The Queen Mary is quite nice, also, however it lacks in atmosphere, a bit, for me..as does the Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica, which is, however my favorite place for St. Patricks Day or to enjoy the authentic flavor of a great English Pub.
    Unfortunately, I have to say that I actually DIS-like the High Tea Cottage in Woodland Hills. The owner, herself, was so brusque, rude and unpleasant, on the two occasions I’ve been there (gave her a second chance), as she hurried us through our tea and exhibited NO politeness or congeniality, which is trademark of the well-bred English. Both experiences there were very, very disappointing. That owner would do well to realize that extending the famous British social graces is a large part of the “high tea experience”.

  11. Linda says:

    The High Tea Cottage is a lovely respite from our everyday world You can close your eyes and find yourself transported to England in the lovely cottage atmosphere. I hosted a baby shower here and we all agreed that this was the best tea room in California. So many choices of tea, delicious food and fabulous desserts. Everything fresh and so tasty. We can’t wait to have tea here again.

  12. Emi says:

    My daughter and I discovered the a High Tea Cottage last year, and it has become our most favorite tea house. We have been treated royally on each of our visits, and even my 8 year old daughter relishes her experience at the High Tea Cottage. The service is wonderful, the scones and desserts are simply scrumptious! I highly recommend the High Tea Cottage!

  13. Anonymous says:

    The High Tea Cottage is a big favorite ,the teas are unique and to have such a great selection .
    We always enjoy the sandwiches ,,scones and desserts as well. Jen is a wonderful hostess ,we love her.
    Bonnie
    April 29,2014

  14. Eric Chien says:

    I have been visiting Rose Tree Cottage for more than 10 years since their previous location. There’re few reasons to keep me voting them No 1:
    1. The authenticity of the tea being served and the tradition style of food being prepared.
    2. The setting of the tea room and the gift shop makes me feel like in London. The garden and
    the mansion is so beautiful and gorgeous.
    3. They bake their own products at the premises fresh daily. it’s so delicious.
    4. Friendly staff treat you well. Service is impeccable. Mr. & Mrs. FRY are the nicest host you
    can ever met. I love his English style humor that is so funny to me.
    5. Great location that can be access easily from several FWYs. Pasadena is one of my favorite
    cities in LA.
    6. The owner are adopting more than 800 poor children in Kenya and help them going to school.
    They have great compassion and the wonderful hearts besides running their business.
    7. Please look for a cute white cat “Tillysnow” if you are a cat lover.
    * I have been traveling around the world found no experience like I had at Rose Tree Cottage.
    This place is totally British so exclusively even the owner drive a Green Jaguar.

  15. Mandana Hashemzadeh says:

    Jen and Ken have created more than a Tea Cottage where you enjoy the best sandwiches, scones, tea, et al. They have created a loving, bright, and cheerful place which is inviting and heart warming where one can leave the challenges of daily life and experience a beautiful time–be it for the day or an afternoon. I do miss the Cottage in Woodland Hills when there is a bit of time lapse between my visits.

  16. April Leder says:

    The Rose Tree Cottage has been by far the most lovely experience every time we have gone. It has been a tradition with my daughter and I for over 15 years. Nothing compares to the warmth and true character shown when we are there. The tea is the finest and the fare is always perfection. Edmund and Mary are indeed like dear friends each time we have the pleasure of being there. No place compares to The Rose Tree Cottage.

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