My friend and I met at the Victoria Rose Cottage for lunch today. The interior of this lovely Victorian house has been tastefully and lavishly restored. The tables are set apart so you get a feeling of privacy. Lunch is served at a relaxed pace and allows one to savor their food without feeling like they are being rushed. The tea menu includes a huge variety of floral teas, along with Earl Grey, English breakfast and a few other pekoes. I ordered a small pot of English breakfast tea and it was served hot and came in a beautiful teapot. The menu is simple and features great salads and sandwiches. This is one place you can find a Monte Cristo and if it tastes as good as it looks, it is Fab. My friend and I both opted for the Cobb salad ($12) which came with a scallion vinegarette, generous portions of turkey and all the traditional ingredients. For dessert, I had the housemade vanilla bean cheesecake. Very tasty. My friend had the trifle with a tasty layering of sponge cake, berries and custard, topped with freshly whipped cream. I must say I was envious. When I called to make our reservation, the hostess mentioned that reservations had to be made for the English tea ($28) ahead of time. I would imagine that reservations are a must for weekend or holiday lunches. Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights only. No wine/beer but you can bring your own. $10 corkage fee. In spite of its name, men do eat here.
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