I recently had tea with a good friend at the Earl Grey Manor in Old Sacramento. It was my friend's first visit to a tea room and we had a lovely time! One of the many things I love about visiting a tea room is that time appears to slow down. My friend and I sat and chatted and laughed and shared for nearly two hours. We weren't rushed or distracted. We were present, in the moment, attuned to each other. That is such a gift.
The decor in the tea room is art deco. Fun and luxurious. You can sit at a table, the boudoir, or the large-group space in the rear. The food was also excellent. We ordered the Lady Grey Tea. We each had a pot of tea (Paris and Pear-Caramel). We started with black cherry soup (similar to the strawberry soup recipe).
Then we were served finger sandwiches. Next came blackberry scones with jam and cream, then short bread cookies and chocolate-bourbon truffles. We finished with cheese, crackers and fruit. You might imagine that we took quite a bit home!