Lovejoy’s Tea Room in San Francisco was a fantastic discovery for me. The occasion that brought me there was one of my friend’s mother’s visit to San Francisco. We organized an “all girls afternoon tea” date at this surprising place and it was perfect! Lovejoy’s is a British style tea room in the heart of the city, on Church Street, with tea served in fun mismatched china, antique furniture and embroidery to make it all romantic and cozy, and create relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. If you want to organize a group date, it is better to reserve a table much in advance, the place os small and very busy. San Francisco loves it! But one or two persons can easily find a little spot to enjoy a fully British tea experience.
What contributes to this place’s warmth is a combination of fantastic food and accurate selection of tea, the mismatched cups and plates that make the scenario intentionally understated and familiar, the fancy mix of different form and size of tables and chairs, sofas and armchairs covered with old embroidery and of course, the kindness and modest elegance of the staff.
Menu and prices vary, but all choices will make you happy, guaranteed. You can choose different combinations of delicious tea sandwiches, spring greens, warm scones served with preserves, Devon cream, lemon custard, fresh fruit. All is served on nice cakestands and placed with the tea pots and cups on your main table and the small side tables that surround you. So at some point you are totally immersed in a scented and lively atmosphere, busy like small bees in their hive, completely social and coordinated to let the tea and food flow above the table, pass on cups, sugar, cream… “have you tried this?” “oh I should have a little bit of that” “mmmhhh the scone is still warm” “may we have more water in our pot?” “we run out of custard”… And you go on for a couple of hours of authentic enjoyment of heart and palate.