I'll give you the good news first: really wonderful soups and small muffins, charming setting, unique history, off the beaten path, excellent service and a new menu every week.
However, it's a shame that this place just might be a little too big for its britches. Things seem to be almost there...like 80 to 90 percent right, but the 10 to 20 percent that is not right sucks the life right out of the whole experience.
So, here is the bad news...
About the food: the sandwiches here are really just sandwiches and the salads here are really just salads. No flair, no zip, no zing. The "tea room" portion at this point in the game seems to be just an aside - and not any wonder, we are in a land of coffee and lattes. Where is my elegant espresso? Where are the finger sandwiches one would expect to find at tea?
About the restaurant, er, tearoom itself: the place is PACKED and NOISY (I was there on a Friday at 12:30). They're only open from 11am - 2pm so I'm not sure when you could come here and try to enjoy a quiet cup of tea and a yummy bowl of soup.
Nothing against women (I am one, after all) but the only man in the place was with me and the soul-killing cacophony coming from every packed table of women was enough to send me running from the place. They've tried to tone it down with acoustic wall panels but still no dice. I shudder to think of the noise level before those arrived.
I can only give this place a 2 out of 5. I wish I could give it more but I think they might be a victim of their own success.
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