So I'd come out of a blood donation session, and was in the mood for some well-earned refortification, TLC, or maybe a sugar rush. The Old Tea House is my preferred purveyor of pleasing provisions for any occasion.
I chose a piece of carrot cake, and only thought to take a photo after I'd already eaten the half of it. Oops. Beautiful thing. They offer a very tempting selection of home made desserts here. I was also very glad to sit and relax with a pot of tea and a proper china cup to drink it from.
On other occasions I've eaten very good dinners here. They do food, soup, and all sorts of coffee and tea. (I guess their name is a clue!)
The decor of the place is exceptional. It is not decoration, though, its a real period building with the original walls and ceiling. Built in 1906, they say. Wooden walls and ceiling, very handsome. Stained glass windows and a corner situation that catches sunlight all day long.
Some visiting travelers from England were very taken with the hat stand. If you've never tried on a fez, or a top hat, they're just inside the door.
The staff were very friendly, and interested to see that I was writing a letter on a torn-up window envelope to someone in Alaska. Long story. Service is always prompt and courteous.
The atmosphere here is great. They were playing old time tunes and one was Gershwin's Embraceable You. I've sung that in a choir, so it put me into a wonderful mood. You should visit to see if the magic works on you as well.
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