NOTE: Sadly, Rebecca’s Garden Tea Room is no longer in business.
For Mother’s Day this year, I treated my mom to a fabulous Saturday lunchtime tea at Rebecca’s Garden Tea Room, located in Lake Elsinore, California.
My mom and I both just absolutely love to go out for a good tea. Our family planned to cook up a tasty brunch for the moms on Mother’s Day, so I suggested that we schedule a chick trip out for a special Mother’s Day tea the following Saturday. Mom mentioned that several of her friends had recommended a new Victorian tea room in Lake Elsinore’s historic district. After a bit of research, I found the website for Rebecca’s Garden Team Room and booked our noon reservation.
When I drove out to pick up mom and my niece Vivian, I was a bit disappointed to find out that Vivian wouldn’t be going with us afterall. Apparently, noon is still a bit too early for a 16 year old to get up, get dressed, and go out on a Saturday. It was definitely Vivian’s loss. Mom and I had a wonderful time.
Rebecca’s Garden Tea Room is part of Rebecca’s Foods, a local family owned business that manufacturers fancy savory food items. Their tea room opened October 1, 2008, at The Chimes, a beautifully restored Moorish styled historical structure built in 1887.
The historical location and decor alone made the visit to Rebecca’s worthwhile, but the oh so tasty treats and prompt friendly service made for a thoroughly enjoyable outing.
Since this was our lunch, I went full steam ahead with the Royal Tea for both of us. Initially, I was a bit wary of the $25 per person price, because I’ve paid that much for very mediocre teas before. But, from the minute our first pot of tea and fresh scones arrived — served warm with lemon curd and clotted cream — we knew our choice was worth the price. This was followed by a thick and creamy butternut squash soup and a baby greens salad with walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. Next came an assortment of scrumptious tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, macaroni and cheese, and a mouth-watering tomato and cheese quiche. Unlike most tea houses, the folks at Rebecca’s Garden allow their customers to leave with doggie bags. Mom managed to leave enough on her plate to take leftovers home. Neither one of us had remotely enough room left to take them up on their offer for free fresh-out-of-the-oven pie.
Tea at Rebecca’s provided the perfect start to a day filled with some serious mother-daughter bonding. After lunch, we dropped our leftovers off at home and spent the afternoon shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses for my upcoming wedding. Rebecca’s Garden Tea Room definitely helped make for a very memorable day.
I do think though, that mom and I will have to make another trip there soon… so that I can take photos of their food. I took the time to snap photos of the decor while we waited for our goodies, but once we started eating, the food was just too darn good for me to put down my fork and pick up the camera again.