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State of Fancy Tea Service in LA

farmertomato | Jun 25, 2009 01:39 PM

Yesterday, LAist ran one of its insipid pieces, in which the writer "discovered" afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. The vacuous author seemed unaware that there are other places in the city offering displaced Brits and Britophiles a relatively authentic tea experience. Par for the course for LAist, which describes itself as a "cheerleader" rather than a critical voice.

But I realized that I haven't checked out the tea options around here for a while, and I wonder if other hounds have a handle on the current availabilities. Is Rose Cottage still happening? Is the Peninsula still doing its tea? Is the one at the Santa Monica beachfront hotel any good? Does anyone offer real clotted cream? Fresh jams rather than little bottles? Freshly backed scones? Fresh smoked salmon sandwiches? You know, the good stuff.

Oh, and how's the tea itself?

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