Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Afternoon Tea at Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium

Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium

Two friends and I spent a recent Sunday afternoon enjoying afternoon tea at the Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium in the historic part of Beaverton, OR. It's a charming venue, with weekends already booked out through the end of the year. (You can email to be added to the waiting list.)

The tea room is fashioned in the Steampunk style. It's interesting and whimsical, and makes me wonder why I hadn't seen the natural affinity of these things before. It's a light touch, with interesting artwork positioned throughout the space. From the website, "Steampunk is a sub genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery."

What I can say in current time and space is that the food is abundant, fresh and delicious; the tea choices are worth getting excited about (they exclusively serve Harney & Sons); and the service is attentive. 

Afternoon tea is $30, and for that you will enjoy a bottomless pot of tea with salad, sandwiches, savories, scones and desserts. I took a fair bit home.  Some special diets can be accommodated, (vegan, gluten free, etc.), with advanced notice.

Wife and husband team Maggie and Harold are the designers and proprietors of the tea room. Their tea journey began on a trip to Ireland, where at a B&B they asked for coffee and were offered an old box of instant. They chose tea instead, and that choice led them on a path that ended at 12412 SW Broadway Street, Beaverton. 

I look forward to returning soon!