English tea in LA?

Afternoon tea?

Dear Dessert Oasis

Since you bring up the subject of afternoon tea, as an ex-pat, I am always looking for the British dessert experience in LA – any recommendations?



Dear Richard,

As much as I love a formal high tea, I have to admit that my Los Angeles tea list includes more need-to-go-stills than have-been-alreadies.  See list as follows:

Have been already:

  1. The Rose Garden Tea Room at Huntington Gardens – lovely space surrounded by the most extensive rose “library” in the world.  Tea is buffet style – so not extraextra classy, but can pile your plate up extraextra high.
  2. The Getty Villa – unfortunately sub-par as far as their high tea is concerned. Dry sandwiches and a surprisingly lacking view.  Shame.

Need to go still:

  1. The Langham
  2. Rose Tree Cottage
  3. Jin Patisserie – (not an English tea exactly as it has more of an Asian fusion vibe)

Have eaten but not actually attended:

  1. All the pastries from tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  All delicious.

As for tea times in Chicago or even NYC, that is a different story, but alas, that was not your question!

It’s 4 o’clock somewhere,
Dessert Oasis

Have a dessert question?  Email me at courtneysconza@gmail.com – from funnel cakes to fondue fountains, if it has sugar, I’ve probably eaten it.


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