The Rose Tree Cottage
801 South Pasadena Avenue • Pasadena, CA 91105
If looking for a truly British tea experience on the West Coast, one won’t find a better one than Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena, California. From the authentic scones, made from a recipe handed down in owner Edmund Fry’s family for more than 100 years, to the AGA range where they are baked, tea at this tearoom is truly British. Edmund, himself an English expatriate, greets guests impeccably dressed in a white dinner jacket or at times full tails. Everything in the tearoom’s shop is made in Britain, and tea is served on Royal Crown Derby and Royal Doulton china. During the more than 20 years Edmund and his wife, Mary, have owned the tearoom, they have played host to Prince Charles, as well as Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and other royals and celebrities. Afternoon tea is served at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are only taken by telephone and must be made no more than one week in advance.