twenty-first post in a Thursday series of snoops into experiences of taking tiffin with (black) tea in the NW USA.
Thursday Tiffin #21: secret garden (conkers)
recommended venue for an atmospheric, private, conversation with special friends or family over a good cup of tea and to stock up some sizable conkers.
1890’s Historically registered building. For the US West coast that is REALLY OLD! There are several huge old conker trees in the garden. The ground is littered with conkers. I rarely see conker trees in the puget sound region. A habit left over from childhood, I placed a few big, heavy, symmetrical conkers in my pocket, just incase…
Inside, high quality retro dÃ©cor, not kitsch or overdone. White table-clothes and napkins. Antique furniture that is not ‘distressed’. The establishment blends beautifully American and English tea taking ceremonies with excellent food in a tasteful, timeless ambiance. Let me say ‘excellent food’ once again. Prices are neither cheap nor exorbitant. I had a large bowl of Coconut Chicken Lemon grass soup with a scone and a small pot of Darjeeling that came to about $10 including tax.
- clientele included men as well as women
- a jug of milk was offered before it was requested
- sugar-cubes in a bowl with tongs
- matching china crockery and pseudo-silver flatware
- soup served with an actual soup spoon
- The en-suite shop that sells quaint things, pink things and sparkly jewellery things
- A glass of iced water, regularly topped-up
- The scones (more like English rock cakes)
- wide choice of sugar substitutes in sachets on the table
- over 70 types of tea on a laminated plastic menu
- staff attentive and clearly amenable to customer requests not currently on the menu. I overhead a customer asking for, and receiving, iced tea. In January.
Those tiny imperfections that even an excellent establishment can have…they are trivial….