If you’re still trying to figure out something special to do for the ladies in your life this Mother’s Day, you’re in luck! High Tea Cottage in Woodland Hills will have her feeling like she’s stepped right into Mrs. Patmore’s Bed & Breakfast from Downton Abbey…with all the delicious treats to boot!
Tucked away off Topanga Canyon just south of Ventura, you might blink and miss it if you don’t keep your eyes peeled. The tiny white building with green awning and crawling ivy houses a little treasure trove just beyond its door. The three cozy dining areas inside feel like an English Grandma’s living room, kitschy and charming in the sweetest possible way.
High Tea is a long-standing English tradition based around the afternoon consumption of tea and bready treats served on fine china while engaging in the art of conversation. It’s hard not to feel fancy with a tiny porcelain teacup dangling from your fingertips. But make no mistake—men love a good high tea just as much as their female counterparts. This is a great option for guys to take their mom or sweetheart, but it’s also great for dads looking for a special outing to share with their girls. Trust us—women of ANY age will love you for bringing them here!
My obsession with High Tea started at a very young age, when my mom would take me to a special high tea house before a matinee of the ballet Downtown. Travelling through the U.K. and living in London for a while after college solidified my love affair with Afternoon Tea…and I have since spent most of my adult life trying out tea service all over the world in search of the perfect tea. It’s a part-time obsession. So imagine my delight when I discovered this tiny gem hiding out right under my nose all these years?
On our recent Sirens & Scoundrels trip, we ordered the Downton Abbey Tea from their incredibly extensive menu. The tea service starts by selecting which drinking tea you would like for your individual teapot. Your server presents a selection of loose-leaf teas and provides brief descriptions as you smell them and make your choice. Individual teapots arrive piping hot, followed by a 3-tier tray with bite-sized tea sandwiches, sweets, hot fresh-baked scones, cream and jams.
For the gluten-freers, GF options are available on many of the teas but cost $5 extra for sandwiches and an additional $5 for scones. Siren Sarah ordered the gluten-free A Taste of Teatime and her scones were some hot, fresh-baked, doughy deliciousness.
Many tea houses cost a pretty penny (around $75-$100 per person when all is said and done). High Tea Cottage is delightfully affordable, which means you can come back often and with more people. Teas range from $18-$45 per person and deliver all the goods you need to feel fully satisfied.
For a limited time, they are offering a two-for-one Downton Abbey Tea: HERE. Note that the offer it is not valid on Mother’s Day or Sundays.
Treat yourself and the women in your life to a little piece of English Heaven right here in LA! No passport required!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!! ~love, Sirens & Scoundrels
High Tea Cottage location, hours & menu are available here: http://www.highteacottage.com.
Contributing Photo by: Christine Nelson
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