Monday, December 8, 2014

Visiting The Crown & Crumpet For Tea In San Francisco

A long time ago I discovered a delightful Tea Salon called the Crown & Crumpet while looking at a magazine.  I forgot about it and came across the website by accident one day and posted about it in Time For Tea, back in 2011.  But since it is in San Francisco, I didn't know when or if I would ever get a chance to go there.  Then one day my sister decided to move from Hawaii to San Francisco.  This year she invited my daughter and myself to spend Thanksgiving with her.

So I finally got my chance to go visit the Crown & Crumpet!  Unfortunately I missed their first incarnation at the Ghirardelli Square.  They have relocated to a smaller venue in the New People Building in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco.  It may be a mini version of their original Tea Salon, but it is still a spirited, delicious, and sometimes cheeky place, serving the world's most popular drink - second only to water (as the owners Amy and Christopher Dean say).

Sandra and I at The Crown & Crumpet.

My daughter, Sandra, was not the least bit interested in taking photos.  She was seriously focused on her goodies that arrived with her Nursery Tea.  She loved the fact that she got her own little teapot of fruit tea with her own mini-three-tiered stand of treats.  And the tea was pink!

My nephew, Philip, and my sister, Jackie.

We dragged my poor nephew along.  A tea salon is, well.... not his cup of tea.  He was a good sport about it, but he refused to drink tea.  Luckily for him they have more beverage choices.  He decided on a cappucino.

My sister, Jackie and I, ordered the Afternoon Tea.  We chose the Crown & Crumpet Private Blend of tea.  It is described as a full bodied tea with toasty notes from Darjeeling, maltiness from Assam and lively flavor from Ceylon.  Worthy of any Royal table.  I have to agree. And we were so lucky to arrive when the scones were fresh out of the oven.  They were so delicious!  Everything was.

If I get a chance to go again, I think I will try the Marie Antoinette Tea.  

Rumour has it this was Marie Antoinette's favorite.  Let this relaxing blend of bergamot, blue mallow and roses be the perfect tea for eating cake! - Crown & Crumpet


  1. Afternoon tea is such a uniquely fun experience and it looks like you all enjoyed a lovely time. So cute that your daughter's tea was pink and I'd be busy concentrating on al the goodies as well ;p

  2. So fun!that looks like it was a great experience :)

  3. That is so nice! I'm a huge fan of themed teas! We have a Windsor Court here and they do a ballerina, alice in wonderland and halloween tea among others. Such a wonderful experience for your daughter. Glad you all enjoyed and what a great sister.

  4. How splendidly lovely!!! High tea is such a splendid, glamorous and elegant event. It's a shame that more towns and cities don't have similar venues any more. Could you imagine what our Victorian and Edwardian foremothers would say if they couldn't found an establishment with a similar spread back in the day?

    Big hugs & the very merriest of holiday season wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. Crown and Crumpet sounds like a lovely place. My daughter is obsessed with tea parties right now, and she would love love love this place:)

  6. how wonderful! would love to visit one day!