My husband and I woke up early for a walk through the neighborhood. We booked a reservation at Sip Tea Room, which opened somewhat recently. We ended up speed walking for about 40 minutes to get there, but it lessened the guilt we felt after consuming multiple tiers of clotted cream, scones, petit fours, and mini tea sandwiches.
High tea has always been a treat for me. I think I was six the first time I went. A family friend took my sister and me to a place called Crickets in Southern California. That's where I first learned about scones and how enjoyable the tea experience could be (beyond the cups of tea at dim sum).
I'd been craving high tea for a few months now. Given how challenging the last few months have been, I figured it was finally time. Someone once told me that "high performance requires high recovery." The time and effort we spend working hard is just as important as the time we take to rest and recover. High tea is one of the special ways I like to unwind.
Surrounded by a mini bouquet of mini flowers, my husband practiced sticking his pinky out at every tea drinking opportunity.
We ordered the full tea service for two and had a large pot of chai tea. I love adding a little milk and sugar to my tea.
The inside was cute without being overly flowery or overwhelming. I loved how intimate the setting was inside. Everything is made in-house including the scones and assorted sweets. The ladies working here were attentive and very sweet. Overall, I loved the experience and service here. It's great to know there's another tea house I can visit and include male friends without them feeling uncomfortable surrounded by an explosion of feminine decor (as much as I enjoy that too!).
My husband and I are very patient with each other, especially when we take photos...
I'd highly recommend and will definitely be back. It's conveniently next to the park and perfect for pairing with a romantic walk through the park on a warm, sunny day.