There will be a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 deposit for parties under 14 and a $200 deposit for parties 15 and over is due at time of booking your party and secures the required date and time. Payment will be taken as either credit card or cash, we do not accept checks.
Casual business attire is a good guideline, but who doesn’t love dressing up? We encourage our guests to get dolled up in full tea dress, complete with hats & gloves. We also have a collection of complimentary tea hats for guest to enjoy while having tea. In addition our giftshop has a variety of fascinators, gloves, & head accessories for purchase.
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18154 Imperial Hwy, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Phone: (714) 572-9825
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We recommend 3-4 weeks ahead. However, for larger parties of groups 20+, we suggest even earlier. The earlier you can get your reservation in, the better. We want to make sure everything is perfect.
Our special events can host up to 50 guests.
A few other small etiquette items are to enjoy two cups of tea. Three is too many, but only one may suggest you don’t like it. Obviously we want you to enjoy your tea experience so if that means drinking 1, 3 or 9 cups- we are happy to oblige. When it is time to leave; whenever possible, try to leave your table in decent condition and free from ginormous messes that could be avoided. Place your napkin unfolded to the left of your place setting and push your chair in to avoid tripping others.
No matter how small a side item is, whether a scone, small cake or small sandwich- take small bites. Even if you can get it all down with one bite, that is considered rude. Between bites, put the side item back down on your plate. When breaking things, break into small pieces and eat it one bite at a time. It is also customary for these side items to be eaten with clean fingers and not a utensil. There will be a knife provided to slather your side items with jam, butter or another spread. The knife is to spread and not to cut. Keep that in mind.
Whether or not you decide to use the “pinky up” approach, it is customary to sit up straight and be sure to put your napkin on your lap. Do not lean forward over the table to drink your tea. Instead, carefully bring the teacup up to your mouth and take small sips. It is rude to blow on hot tea or slurp it. Between sips, carefully put your cup back down on your saucer. Never cradle the cup in your hands.
It’s pretty common for sugar, milk, or sliced lemon to be passed around and those who would like to add some to their tea may. We suggest adding milk first (after tasting your tea of course so you know how much milk to add), and then sugar. Again, when stirring your milk and sugar into your tea, be sure to follow the correct stirring protocol as outlined in question number five.
Usually there is only one person designated as the all-important pourer. The pourer will pour each cup individually and hand them out before pouring the next cup. Never pour several at once and then hand them out.
This question is still pretty wildly debated. Some people think putting milk in first helps protect the valuable china from cracking from the hot boiling tea. We tend to think adding the tea first and tasting it before adding milk is a good idea. That way you can taste the tea and decide just how much milk you may or may not want to add.
In years past, the etiquette dictated that one does not directly take a bite of a scone but instead breaks off one small piece at a time and butters each piece individually. That is still the official “correct” way to eat a scone. However, there are no etiquette police (at least on our payroll) and so it’s pretty common and widely accepted to break the scone in half and butter each half individually and then eat it.
We think originally the whole pinkie up thing was started because raising a little finger helped one to balance the cup when taking a sip. Now it’s what people do when they are trying to imitate “fancy” or “snobby” aristocrats. It’s not something you need to do. Go for it if it adds to your tea experience, but don’t do it because you think it’s the proper or correct thing to do. Most people do it now as a joke when they are feeling silly. It is not a normal custom.
Again, this is all about personal preference. There are so many different and varied options. Each tea has a different brew time or taste. Some teas are used to relax, others are used to energize; others still are used to help an upset stomach. We certainly don’t advocate tea bags. That is not the traditional tea experience we offer. We offer the finest loose-leaf teas in existence to offer you the best tea experience and the most amazing flavor qualities available.
This is another point that is left up to personal preference. Depending on the type of tea you are brewing and how strong or mild you want the flavor, that may help determine your brewing time. However, we should note, the longer you brew your tea, the higher the levels of antioxidants will be present in your tea which is always a good thing. Most people fall in the range of brewing for 3-6 minutes.
Apparently, there is a right and a wrong way to stir your tea. To do it correctly, you will want to put your spoon in the six o’clock position and lightly stir the tea to the twelve o’clock position. Continue stirring until you are satisfied. Be careful not to clink your spoon against the cup, as that is considered rude and disruptive. Also, when you are done stirring your tea- you will want to take your spoon out of your cup and place it on the saucer to the side of your cup. Do not place it on the tablecloth.
No tea is complete without some delicious side items to eat. Whether you want to butter your scone first and then put jam on top; or put the jam on and complete it with a dollop of butter- the debate rages on. No one can seem to agree on what comes first; so we suggest you do whatever you’d like. Slather away and dress up your side items to fit your personal taste.
The answer to this is no. Granted, we don’t care but if you are trying to maintain standard tea etiquettes, then dunking your side item into your tea is not acceptable. You may want to save that for when you are at home and not in an upscale venue.
If you are confused about the different terminology surrounding all these different teas, you aren’t alone. If you hear the phrase “cream tea” it usually means your tea is served with scones and cream (butter) and jam. High tea usually is a meal served with the tea. Often more savory foods are served and no one leaves hungry. Afternoon tea is usually a more traditional tea served with sandwiches, scones, and perhaps an assortment of cakes. Royal tea is a less used term but usually suggests the tea will be paired with champagne to mark extra special occasions.
Most people wonder what the dress code for afternoon tea is. No worries. Most teahouses have a casual and relaxed “business casual” dress code. Obviously you can wear whatever you’d like but we suggest slacks instead of jeans and a collared shirt instead of a tee shirt. It’s usually customary to wear closed toed shoes for men that are not sneakers. A suit and tie may be required depending on the event but that is event specific and not a rule of the teahouse. For women, follow the same types of guidelines but for most women it’s a fun way and a good excuse to get dressed up. Let your creativity flow and wear something fun.