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Pinole - Captain's Cottage tea room has changed the menu

rworange | Feb 2, 200808:27 AM

I haven't revisited yet, but I thought I'd pass this information on if someone is looking for a tea room.

They now have a Richmond baker making fresh scones and have added traditional English crumpets as well to the first course. The second and third courses have been combined, and all sandwiches are closed face on Beckmann's Bakery bread. The second course also includes two warm savory selections (currently serving a petite cheese souffle and a mushroom turnover) which is served with baby greens and a maple-mustard vinaigrette dressing. Dessert is a trio of demitasse desserts (currently a chocolate truffle, a mini coconut macaroon and a shortbread tea biscuit).

One of the things I did enjoy on my visit a few years back was the selection of 27 loose leaf teas which are a good variety.

I also enjoyed that the owner, Lois Boyle, was sharing her family herilooms with customers.

Boyle decided she liked hosting teas in a 19th century parlor after organizing a fund raising tea for 200 for the Richmond Museum. She thought other people would enjoy sipping tea from her pretty antique china while sitting on furniture from her family home.

There is also a lot of whimsy, doilies, teddy bears and frilly knick knacks. Boyle, in costume, tries to make the customer feel like they have time-traveled to a earlier day. It doesn't get too intrusive and can be delightful depending on your mood. Knowing what to expect and the promise of better food has this on my list of places to re-visit.

Has anyone been recently since the menu update?

Captain's Cottage
2548 San Pablo Ave, Pinole, CA

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