Best Venerable Tea Room San Francisco 2009 - Lovejoy's Tea Room
Open since 2000 (which counts as venerable in these parts and in this economy), Lovejoy's looks as if it's been in existence forever — or at least since Victorian times — thanks to its eclectic, cozy decor, featuring overstuffed upholstered furniture, mismatched china and silver, and shelves laden with Anglophilic tchotchkes. To accompany your choice from around two dozen teas, dine on pastries, crumpets, excellent tea sandwiches (an astonishing 17 varieties available), and full teas including scones with Devon cream, shortbread, sandwiches — even hummus made with smoked salmon or artichokes. Heartier fare includes shepherd's pie, sausage rolls, and quiche. If you want to take home teas and Devon cream, or decorate your own parlor like Lovejoy's, visit Lovejoy's Attic, its antique-store annex across the street.
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