I recently had the opportunity to revisit the St. James Tearoom in Albuquerque, NM. It's my favorite tearoom in large part due to the emphasis on well-made tea, excellent and creative food, and the superior service. And also for sentimental reasons. Over many cups of tea at the St. James I have dreamed, nurtured friendships, celebrated and even cried. It was here that my friends bid me farewell from NM 10 years ago and it is here that I return whenever I'm in the Land of Enchantment.
Here's a tour and I hope you enjoy!
Above: The portal to a world of beauty. Below: The hallway that leads to the tea nooks. I really like this hallway, especially the light with the directional signs.
You can choose a hat along the way.
In addition to lovely traditional china cups and saucers, the St. James now has its own custom china. Each cup and saucer showcases one of the St. James values with words like beauty, civility and excellence.
My dear friends who gathered for tea.
The Chronicles of Narnia provided the inspiration for this month's menu. It's worth noting, the St. James has provided a gluten-free option for afternoon tea since long before it was mainstream. The gluten free menu is lovingly prepared and as substantial as the 'main' menu.
Savories: Alsan's turkey apple pate, Pevensie's parsnip pear latke, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver's cottage pie, Magical wild rice and butternut squash. Served with Sir Philip Sidney traditional black tea.
Scones: The amazing St. James cream scones (the best, according to me!) and Professor Digory's apple scones, with apple curd and clotted cream. Served with Caramel Delights scented tea.
Sweets: Upside down chocolate nut cake, the White Witch's cranberry compote pavlova and chai custard ice cream with chocolate spice cookie. Served with Charleston green tea.