Well, I'm back from my business trip to San Francisco and I must apologize for not posting sooner. But I am hoping that you will forgive me when I show you all the eye candy that I brought back with me. :-) While I had a bunch of meetings to attend, I managed to fit in quite a bit of fun. First stop was Crown & Crumpet. This gorgeous tea room has been on my "to-do" list for several years now. Owned by the incredibly talented husband and wife team, Amy and Christopher Dean, Crown and Crumpet is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! I knew the moment I saw their millinery-festooned "open" sign that this was going to be my kind of place...
Crown & Crumpet's British meets Shabby Chic meets funky decor is beyond beautiful - filled with Cath Kidston's vintage floral prints, colorful artwork, jars of candy, and pretty china.
Wonderful fabrics abound...
This sweet oil painting over the faux-fireplace was so lovely.
Glass jars filled with candy covered every surface.
No detail has been over-looked in this tea room - from the pretty menus to the fresh roses on the tables.
The entire family accompanied me to afternoon tea and we stuffed ourselves on dainty tea sandwiches, classic English scones, and yummy sweets.
Fresh flowers garnished the tiered stands...
The selection of teas was extensive, but after much perseveration, I finally chose the "Marie Antoinette". Absolutely delicious.
And how can you not love a place that ends your meal with a pretty candy bracelet wrapped in cellophane and tied up with a ribbon bow?
Crown & Crumpet also has the most adorable gift shop filled with design books, Japanese stationary, unique jewelry, china tea sets, and linens.
Everything is whimsically displayed.
There are also pretty and hard-to-find Bristish candies like "flying saucers" artfully arranged...
Or how about a giant rainbow-colored marshmallow kabob to go?
I am serious when I say that Crown & Crumpet is just one of those places that you must visit in your lifetime! It is located in Ghirardelli Square in the heart of San Francisco. If you are planning a trip, I highly recommend making reservations well in advance, as this a one very popular tea room! And do check out their website for some fabulous photos of their shop - I fear my picures just don't do it justice as it was getting dark when we arrived and I was losing my light.
Thank you so much, Amy and Christopher! It was such a pleasure to meet you and experience your incredible tea room!
I'll be back tomorrow with more pretty things from San Fran!