Rose Tree Cottage

★★★☆☆
  • 801 S Pasadena Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91105

    Cross street: Bellefontaine

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  • 626-793-3337

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10:00-5:30 Tuesday - Saturday 12:00-5:00 Sunday

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People who think this is the best tea house in LA don't know anything. Firstly you had better like Raspberry Tea as it is the house blend and all that's offered, secondly you need to go with the menu offered for the day if not, tough! Don't be late as you will be yelled at and humiliated in font of other patrons! If you expect more than 1 teapot of tea forget it there are no refills and if you want service maybe you will get some maybe you won't..read the reviews on teamap and you will see the general thoughts. Chipped china, dirty napkins. Don't waste your $$ going here many more much better places in Pasadena,

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★☆☆☆☆

People who think this is the best tea house in LA don't know anything. Firstly you had better like Raspberry Tea as it is the house blend and all that's offered, secondly you need to go with the menu offered for the day if not, tough! Don't be late as you will be yelled at and humiliated in font of other patrons! If you expect more than 1 teapot of tea forget it there are no refills and if you want service maybe you will get some maybe you won't..read the reviews on teamap and you will see the general thoughts. Chipped china, dirty napkins. Don't waste your $$ going here many more much better places in Pasadena,

Pros: Serve High Tea

Cons: Expensive, only serve 1 tea and 1 meal selection and DON'T B

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If you have money to burn I still wouldn't go here.
We were 5 minutes late arriving due to my friend being on crutches and we were yelled out for being late..YES YELLED AT!! 3 of us were seated at a table big enough for 2, we had no choice on the menu, my husband needed to use the restroom and the gentleman butler mumbled something about going before he arrived. They didn't even offer water until we waited 20 minutes. The service is pretentious, when the food came it was nothing special, the sandwiches were dry and the bread tasted stale. Scones looked and tasted like the ones you buy at Starbucks, the waiter (older man and the owner) kept telling us to look at all the "wonderful goodies we have for sale" in general this was a bad experience and we felt absolutely cheated on the price. For those who think this is the best teas house in the world haven't experienced the real deal, including the review by the citymap editor. They must have gone out of their way to impress you because as we were leaving 3 other couples were also complaining.
Don't waste your time or money going here their are so many better places around Pasadena like the Scarlett Tea Room or go out to Woodland Hills in the Valley to the High Tea Cottage.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you have money to burn I still wouldn't go here.
We were 5 minutes late arriving due to my friend being on crutches and we were yelled out for being late..YES YELLED AT!! 3 of us were seated at a table big enough for 2, we had no choice on the menu, my husband needed to use the restroom and the gentleman butler mumbled something about going before he arrived. They didn't even offer water until we waited 20 minutes. The service is pretentious, when the food came it was nothing special, the sandwiches were dry and the bread tasted stale. Scones looked and tasted like the ones you buy at Starbucks, the waiter (older man and the owner) kept telling us to look at all the "wonderful goodies we have for sale" in general this was a bad experience and we felt absolutely cheated on the price. For those who think this is the best teas house in the world haven't experienced the real deal, including the review by the citymap editor. They must have gone out of their way to impress you because as we were leaving 3 other couples were also complaining.
Don't waste your time or money going here their are so many better places around Pasadena like the Scarlett Tea Room or go out to Woodland Hills in the Valley to the High Tea Cottage.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude, unaccomodating, stale food and bad service

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I first went to an amazing baby shower here -- it was so nice -- there is a fountain in the middle and flowers -- cute tables and a beautiful tea service. I've since been back with friends just for tea and to shop in the cute little shop located in the tea room. It is a treat!

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★★★★☆

I first went to an amazing baby shower here -- it was so nice -- there is a fountain in the middle and flowers -- cute tables and a beautiful tea service. I've since been back with friends just for tea and to shop in the cute little shop located in the tea room. It is a treat!

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I have been to tea at a number of places in the LA area, but Rose Tree Cottage is by far the best. Not only is the homemade food (scones and clotted cream and jams, oh my!) to die for, but the atmosphere is so overwhelmingly British that I felt transported back to England. This is the most authentic British tea you will find in Los Angeles.

I did not meet Mary, but Edmund was a complete gentleman, and the rest of the staff were wonderfully accommodating. I think the earlier reviewer might have a better understanding of why booking 11 people might be a problem had she ever been to Rose Tree--it's a tiny place, and 11 would effectively shut them down. I'm sorry that she had a bad experience attempting to make the booking, but I encourage others not to judge this lovely place based on that one experience.

Some things to know: they book up fast. The begin taking regular reservations a week in advance, and I recommend making them. Since they are so good and so small, they seldom have last minute openings. Also, bring cash! More than one guest (including me!) had to trek across the street to the grocery store ATM in order to pay when we learned that they did not accept credit or debit cards. You should also dress nicely--not your Sunday best, but not ripped jeans and a t-shirt, either. This is a very proper English tea, and dressing up a little will make you feel much more at home with everyone else.

Overall, I highly recommend Rose Tree Cottage for small groups (2 or 3 people, ideally) who want a very special experience. I couldn't afford to do it every week (Sunday tea ran us about $35 each), but it's a wonderful treat from time to time.

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★★★★★

I have been to tea at a number of places in the LA area, but Rose Tree Cottage is by far the best. Not only is the homemade food (scones and clotted cream and jams, oh my!) to die for, but the atmosphere is so overwhelmingly British that I felt transported back to England. This is the most authentic British tea you will find in Los Angeles.

I did not meet Mary, but Edmund was a complete gentleman, and the rest of the staff were wonderfully accommodating. I think the earlier reviewer might have a better understanding of why booking 11 people might be a problem had she ever been to Rose Tree--it's a tiny place, and 11 would effectively shut them down. I'm sorry that she had a bad experience attempting to make the booking, but I encourage others not to judge this lovely place based on that one experience.

Some things to know: they book up fast. The begin taking regular reservations a week in advance, and I recommend making them. Since they are so good and so small, they seldom have last minute openings. Also, bring cash! More than one guest (including me!) had to trek across the street to the grocery store ATM in order to pay when we learned that they did not accept credit or debit cards. You should also dress nicely--not your Sunday best, but not ripped jeans and a t-shirt, either. This is a very proper English tea, and dressing up a little will make you feel much more at home with everyone else.

Overall, I highly recommend Rose Tree Cottage for small groups (2 or 3 people, ideally) who want a very special experience. I couldn't afford to do it every week (Sunday tea ran us about $35 each), but it's a wonderful treat from time to time.

Pros: the incredible food, the staff, the ambiance

Cons: they book up fast and only take cash

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I would have loved to try afternoon tea at Rose Tree Cottage, especially because I'd read it was one of the top 7 afternoon teas in Los Angeles. I called on Sunday, February 16th, to make a reservation for a party of 11 on Sunday, March 16th. I spoke to a woman and I was told that a group of that size would be considered a "party" and that I would have to speak to Mary and that she wouldn't be in until Wednesday. I was mystified why someone would be able to make reservations for 2 people, but not for 11, but I thanked her and hung up. I called back today and spoke to a man who told me that reservations are made a month in advance and I said I called Sunday, which was a month in advance, and was told to call back today. He told me that I would need to speak to Mary, but that she would not be in until Monday as her father is ill. I am very sorry to hear this and hope everything goes well for her, but her staff are not very helpful in her absence. Then, he asked, "Has anyone in your party been to the Rose Tree Cottage?" Innocently, I said, "No." He said, "Oh, we require that at least one member of the party have tea here beforehand to make sure they like it." My jaw dropped and I said, "Really? Well, that would have been very helpful information to have when I first called on Sunday." Oh, how I wish the Regent Beverly Wilshire would start doing afternoon tea again. The upshot is that I will probably never try afternoon tea at the Rose Tree Cottage because they are incompentent and unwelcoming.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would have loved to try afternoon tea at Rose Tree Cottage, especially because I'd read it was one of the top 7 afternoon teas in Los Angeles. I called on Sunday, February 16th, to make a reservation for a party of 11 on Sunday, March 16th. I spoke to a woman and I was told that a group of that size would be considered a "party" and that I would have to speak to Mary and that she wouldn't be in until Wednesday. I was mystified why someone would be able to make reservations for 2 people, but not for 11, but I thanked her and hung up. I called back today and spoke to a man who told me that reservations are made a month in advance and I said I called Sunday, which was a month in advance, and was told to call back today. He told me that I would need to speak to Mary, but that she would not be in until Monday as her father is ill. I am very sorry to hear this and hope everything goes well for her, but her staff are not very helpful in her absence. Then, he asked, "Has anyone in your party been to the Rose Tree Cottage?" Innocently, I said, "No." He said, "Oh, we require that at least one member of the party have tea here beforehand to make sure they like it." My jaw dropped and I said, "Really? Well, that would have been very helpful information to have when I first called on Sunday." Oh, how I wish the Regent Beverly Wilshire would start doing afternoon tea again. The upshot is that I will probably never try afternoon tea at the Rose Tree Cottage because they are incompentent and unwelcoming.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude, completely incompetent staff

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I love the scones and the tea w/milk & sugar is good too... I can go through 10 cups of tea w/out even knowing that I drank that much. If you love their scones and tea as much as I do and live far, they do sell it in their small shop. Edmund and his wife Mary are just great people!

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★★★★★

I love the scones and the tea w/milk & sugar is good too... I can go through 10 cups of tea w/out even knowing that I drank that much. If you love their scones and tea as much as I do and live far, they do sell it in their small shop. Edmund and his wife Mary are just great people!

Pros: great service, good food

Cons: limited parking

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Looking for that hard to find English tea? Look no further, Rose Tree Cottage has it. In addition to their excellent selection of teas, the also carry a wide variety of other British foods and tea equipment. They serve tea a few times a day, but expect to make reservations several days to a couple weeks in advance.

PROS: Excellent selection of British food items
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★★★★☆

Looking for that hard to find English tea? Look no further, Rose Tree Cottage has it. In addition to their excellent selection of teas, the also carry a wide variety of other British foods and tea equipment. They serve tea a few times a day, but expect to make reservations several days to a couple weeks in advance.

PROS: Excellent selection of British food items
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I think this is my favorite establishment in Southern California. Maybe it's my obsession with British culture, or maybe it's the magic and whimsy of the place. If you have not been you must go immediately! The Rose Tree Cottage is like stepping into another world. Edmund and Mary Fry are the delightful creators of this place and they are alwyas there when I visit. Imagine a charming British couple who speak and act as though they are serving the Queen Mother her tea with every guest. As you walk into a tiny little corner of shops in Pasadena, you feel as though you've walked into a Beatrix Potter story. The aroma of hot scones fills the air as Edmund seats you a t a delightful table surrounded by England decor. The afternoon tea menu exceeds all your expectations with incredible sandwiches, scones and devon cream, homeade preserves, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert (if you don't what this is you haven't lived!) There is a wonderfully stocked store of English goods adjacent to the tea rooms. You can purchase china, cookware, British delicassies, even the scones and preserves the place is famous for. Every who's who has made their way to the Rose Tree (with the pictures on the wall to prove it), and go once and you'll see why. When you leave you feel as though you've visited English relatives who loved the pleasure of your company. It's such a special experience and I hope I can take my children there someday!

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★★★★★

I think this is my favorite establishment in Southern California. Maybe it's my obsession with British culture, or maybe it's the magic and whimsy of the place. If you have not been you must go immediately! The Rose Tree Cottage is like stepping into another world. Edmund and Mary Fry are the delightful creators of this place and they are alwyas there when I visit. Imagine a charming British couple who speak and act as though they are serving the Queen Mother her tea with every guest. As you walk into a tiny little corner of shops in Pasadena, you feel as though you've walked into a Beatrix Potter story. The aroma of hot scones fills the air as Edmund seats you a t a delightful table surrounded by England decor. The afternoon tea menu exceeds all your expectations with incredible sandwiches, scones and devon cream, homeade preserves, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert (if you don't what this is you haven't lived!) There is a wonderfully stocked store of English goods adjacent to the tea rooms. You can purchase china, cookware, British delicassies, even the scones and preserves the place is famous for. Every who's who has made their way to the Rose Tree (with the pictures on the wall to prove it), and go once and you'll see why. When you leave you feel as though you've visited English relatives who loved the pleasure of your company. It's such a special experience and I hope I can take my children there someday!

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There is no more authentic slice of Great Britain in Southern California than this charming tea house run by the distinguished Edmund Fry and his wife, Mary. After 30 years at another Pasadena location, they have moved into a new, larger…

 

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