TeaTime 15: Notable Tearooms That Have Stood The Test of Time

TeaTime 15: Notable TearoomsThe 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.


  1. Great tearooms. You must check out Josephine’s in Godfrey, IL. You will love it. Not only excellent food, great atmosphere, but room after room of shopping for clothes and the home. We love it! In fact, I am taking my granddaughter there for her 17th birthday this Saturday. Thanks for listening. Barb Dalby

  2. My granddaughter and I had a weekend tea retreat at several tea shops .in Southern California. We went to the Rose Tree Tea Cottage and also Paris In A Cup. The experience was really very nice. We attended another which was also quite enjoyable. It was the Huntington Library and Museum which has a wonderful tea room.


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