Sure, teatime may be a wee bit more popular across the pond, but Phoenicians enjoy a cup of tea at fine teahouses from time to time, too.
Two cozy homes in Glendale’s Catlin Court Historic District host afternoon teatimes, complete with pastries, scones and small sandwiches to nibble on. Across the Valley in Cave Creek, the popular English Rose Tea Room is trimmed with elegant decorations and royal souvenirs. And traditional high tea is also served at two resorts in the Valley: The Phoenician and Arizona Biltmore.
Locally owned teas hops educate tasters about the sources and benefits of their tea selections. At Souvia Tea, settle in for a Tea 101 class for a more in-depth learning experience. Shoppers have ample options for take homes at destinations like TeaTime Scottsdale and Loose Leaf Tea Market. And Scottsdale’s TEASPRESSA has devised a unique take on tea brewing, catered toward the usual coffee lover.
A Fancy for High Tea
The Phoenician’s Lobby Tea Court
Live piano plays a gentle arrangement inside The Phoenician’s Lobby Tea Court while diners navigate their way through three courses of freshly baked scones topped with cream or preserves, pastries and finger sandwiches, all paired with a selection of fine teas. High tea takes place from 2-3 pm; reservations required.
Classic High Tea takes place in Arizona Biltmore’s lobby sunroom at noon and 2 pm, Thursdays-Sundays. Choose from black, green, white and herbal teas and nibble on traditional sandwiches and treats, including gluten-free and vegan options. Reserve your table ahead of time and ask about the new spiked tea offerings.
English Rose Tea Room
Opened in 2002, this tearoom in Carefree is thoughtfully trimmed with nostalgia-inducing decorations, and the gift shop offers plenty of “royal tea” memorabilia plus teas and accessories perfect for your next party. Reserve a table for lunch or for the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea, which includes a three-tiered assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries and a small pot of your choice of tea. Owner Jo Gemmill also conducts children’s etiquette classes on-site.
Kimberly Ann’s Tea Room and Café
Located in Glendale’s Catlin Court Historic District, this quaint Victorian tearoom and restaurant serves lunch six days a week (closed Sundays) and high tea at 11 am and 2 pm. Advanced reservations are required for high tea and include four options of food assortments ranging $25-35 per person.
The Spicery in Our 1895 Home
Inside one of Catlin Court’s oldest houses, called the Brewster house, this charming restaurant prepares homemade baked rolls, quiches and desserts six days a week (closed Sundays) for lunch and Afternoon Tea. Reservations are required for Afternoon Tea, (10:30 am and 1:30 pm; $25 per person), which includes a pot of tea, scones, a variety of bite-sized sandwiches, fresh fruit and desserts.
Tea to Take Home
Loose Leaf Tea Market
Aimed at promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle, Loose Leaf Tea Market offers a variety of organic tea collections to address a range of concerns, each blended in small batches by an herbalist. Try teas from The Energy Collection, The Wellness Collection, The Inner Peace Collection and others.
This tea shop opened its doors 11 years ago in north Phoenix and continues to excel at educating its customers about the benefits and culture of tea drinking. Stop in for a cup of tea or a bag of loose-leaf tea blends to take home, or reserve a seat in advance for one of Souvia’s interactive classes, including a medicinal herb class and the popular Tea 101 class.
Nestled in downtown Scottsdale’s art district, TeaTime Scottsdale offers a wide variety of loose-leaf teas and glass and ceramic tea-brewing accessories. Order a hot or cold tea to enjoy while browsing for take homes or while window-shopping the nearby boutiques and galleries.
Founded by a coffee lover, TEASPRESSA brews premium teas similarly to a cup of coffee for a concentrated tea beverage. The pressure extraction method gives tea drinkers the option to create tea-based drinks similar to espresso-based beverages (think latte, cappuccino). Stop into TEASPRESSA’s only brick-and-mortar location in downtown Scottsdale to try a cup. Learn about the innovative process and purchase a Moka Pot to create your own beverages at home.