If you don’t want to do that, then we will be obliged to charge you a shared plate fee of $8.00. We really appreciate your understanding of this annoying policy.
If your group gets bigger than 14 people then we may have to book the party room for you which is a whole other story. See here: Also we strongly recommend a pre-order for groups larger than 6 people! See the next question for the reason why.
Just tell ’em “no touching the Fairy door.” Those cheeky fairies are known to bite little fingers that try to open their pink door! But they are welcome to leave a note in the Fairy’s post box. We often feature them in our photo gallery.
Well, if you want to bring a cake or even a cupcake, that’s not a problem.. a lobster… hmm… probably not unless it’s on a leash. BUT… keep in mind if you do bring a cake or cupcakes from somewhere else, you will make us very sad because our pastry chef extraordinaires make the most amazing cakes and sweets ever! And we will charge you a $3.00 cake plating fee per person if we serve up that cake to you and your guests… clean plates, forks and fresh napkins add up! So instead look here for ordering a cake for your special event and you won’t even want to bring something from somewhere else!
So here’s a bit of information for when you go to the UK and order Afternoon Tea in a lovely tea salon or a fancy hotel… you don’t ask the chef… “hey what’s cookin’ good lookin’?” You get what you get and you don’t get upset! Well guess what… that’s what happens here! Because we like to emulate the fine establishments that exist in the UK for Afternoon Tea we carry on the tradition of freshly made, everyday, quality ingredients created by our chefs to serve to you from our tiny kitchen. If we let you choose your sandwiches, etc… it could take you ages to decide, the Trolley Dolly might get the order wrong and you have taken up half your tea time trying to figure out what sandwiches and sweets you want! Good grief, let us take the pressure off and serve you our latest and greatest options. If you dislike anything we have served, then let us know and we will fetch you something else that will please you and we won’t be offended! If you ask us what the tea sandwiches are for the day we are thrilled to tell you and you can pick and choose from them especially if you don’t like surprises or have dietary restrictions. We have over 24 sandwiches in our repertoire but we make up to six different ones a day… surely we will have something you love! Thanks for your understanding!
Oh yes please! We are delighted that you can carry on drinking our delightful teas at your leisure in your charming homes! We sell all our loose leaf teas by the ounce in fun, pink bags and a cute label! Just ask your Trolley Dolly or Dandy for the price list and we can whip up an ounce or more for you! Prices start at $8.00 an ounce. If you get back home and you keep dreaming of the delicious tea you imbibed in with us and forgot to buy some, just ring us immediately and we will send you some in the post. Soon we will have an online shop and you will be able to purchase it that way, too!
We sure did! It was a doozy of a shop in the Ghirardelli Square location and how Amy misses those glorious days of shopping for it, but alas there is not room for one in either of our 2 locations. In the meantime, we do have a small selection of tea related gift items to be purchased at Crown & Crumpet. Look in the antique vitrines on our counters.
We have always thought that the word “server” is so dull and “waiter” or “waitress” is so very un-pc in these parts. We rather like the cool 1960’s London turn of phrase of “Trolley Dolly” for a delightful, attractive server who mostly pushed a trolley down the aisles of jumbo jets. It has a sort of panache for our guys and gals who look after you in our establishment. However, we do call the gentlemen a “Trolley Dandy”. Please be assured the Trolley Dollies of yesteryear have assured us they are not offended by the use of this title in the modern age… they find it rather endearing. We hope you do too!
If you are asking for a donation for your school event, non-profit party or old Aunt Millie, we are definitely keen to help you out. Well, actually Aunt Millie may have to help with the dishes if we donate anything to her, but we are always happy to consider making a donation to your event. Here is how it works: You send us an email, the standard letter your school/charity creates when soliciting for donations. We fill out the form that is attached to it and then we arrange for a super fun “Tea For Two” gift ribbon to be picked up by you in time for your event. Keep in mind the ol’ tax man keeps an eye on the quantities of our yearly donations so at some point in the year we have to cap it, but it never hurts to ask. Click here to send us that donation letter.