Photo courtesy of Jo Gemmill

By Taylor O’Connor | July 12, 2021

Sipping tea and eating finger sandwiches while donning pristine outfits wasn’t done just for looks. Although that may enhance someone’s experience, it was done to fill the day until a late dinner.

Great Britain is the queen of high tea, but it grew into a worldwide phenomenon. We may not be in the United Kingdom, but Arizonans can still appreciate teatime in all its classy glory. Hold up your pinkies — or maybe not — and sip tea inside this summer with friends in these five other Arizona tea houses.

 

The Phoenician

The Scottsdale luxury resort hosts afternoon tea from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. The Phoenician afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, pastries and a selection of fine tea blends. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian options are available with 24 hours’ notice.

To enhance the atmosphere, pianist Alan Comyns performs contemporary music during afternoon tea. Be sure to make reservations.

Full tea is $65, and Royal Tea, which includes sparkling wine, is $85. The Grand Royal Tea, which includes Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, is $100, and children ages 4 to 12 years old are served for $35.

The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale,

480-941-8200, thephoenician.com

 

English Rose Tea Room

Anglophiles will love The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree. The walls are covered in English memorabilia; Kate and Wills, and Meghan and Harry goodies; and a life-size Queen Elizabeth II that’s perfect for Instagram.

Those who feel like they don’t have the class for tea can brush up on etiquette with owner/England native Jo Gemmill.

Since 2002, the tearoom has offered 50 teas along with scones, crumpets, cottage pie and Ploughman’s lunch to suit any palate.

The romantic interior and shady patio makes this a gem within the desert. Be sure to bring your best hat — or borrow one from the dress-up trunk filled with vintage chapeaux and thoroughly enjoy the pleasure of taking time for tea.

Prices are $32 for formal afternoon tea, $12 for nursery tea, $14 for cream tea, and $16 for just desserts.

English Rose Tea Room

201 Easy Street, Suite 103, Carefree

480-488-4812, carefreetea.com

 

TeaTime Scottsdale

This Old Town Scottsdale spot honors tea traditions but with a fresh, modern twist. TeaTime strives to turn tea into a lifestyle by creating a culture that appreciates the science and art of tea.

Along with afternoon tea options, TeaTime offers classes, private events and more than 100 teas from around the world or in-house blends. Customers can order their own tea boxes to take home. Delivery is available through DoorDash, Grubhub or Uber Eats.

Individual tea prices vary, but full tea services are $50, or $45 with a party of more than three people.

TeaTime Scottsdale

7051 E. Fifth Avenue, Suite C, Scottsdale

480-686-8503, teatimeaz.com

 

Drink Me! Tea Room

This whimsical, “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired tearoom offers a variety of tea blends in potion bottles with names like the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit.

The menu has savory sandwiches and scones — plus all the sweets imaginable — while sipping organic tea. All teas are plant based and gluten free. Special-Tea Cocktails are for guests who need a little zip in their tea. Drink Me! Hosts private events. To schedule, email contactus@drinkmetearoom.com.

The full afternoon tea, which includes savories, scones, sweets and a pot of tea, is $49.50. There are seasonal, petite and children’s options. The Literary(seasonal) is $33, and Petite Tea is $17. The Children’s Tea includes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, shortbread cookies, meringue mushrooms, fresh fruit, and an herbal tea or lemonade.

Drink Me! Tea Room

1730 E. Warner Road, Suite 5, Tempe

602-206-5469, drinkmetearoom.com

 

Crowning Glory Tea Room

For $51, guests can enjoy Crowning Glory’s full afternoon tea service with savories, salad, scones and sweets served on three tiers of fine china on Saturdays for dining in. Relax and have unlimited cups of tea from the extensive collection of more than 20 loose-leaf teas.

The high tea to-go option, available every Saturday in August, comes with an array of heavenly handmade savories; home-baked breads and spreads; and a glorious selection of sweet dainties.

There is an online tea shop where customers can pick out their favorite Morning Glory Teas to brew at home.

Crowning Glory Tea Room

16733 E. Palisades Boulevard, Fountain Hills

480-868-4832, crowningglorytearoom.com

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