Your Best Bets for Holiday Tea in San Diego

It’s only December 4th – I’m still living off of Thanksgiving leftovers – but if you think it’s too early to book your Holiday Tea seats, IT IS NOT. Time is of the essence. Bookings are filling faster than a shallow China cup, and if you want the best Tea in SD for your holiday celebrations, start calling around NOW!

That’s what I’m doing this morning. And I thought I would share with you my shortlist of favorite Holiday teas in San Diego.

Holiday Teas in order of (My Persnickety) Preference

Showstopper for out-of-town guests and your mother: The Victorian Tea at the Hotel Del Coronado

ONLY December 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st & 23rd. $65/pp. Link to reservations.

Hotel Del Coronado’s savory plate, December 2018

I went to this last year with my oldest friend, and you cannot beat the location. The Hotel Del is famous for its beauty and history. The food was inspiring, but the tea service itself did not quite live up to the atmosphere. Granted, with that atmosphere, I didn’t care (much). But really, over-steeped tea, and the ‘hot’ water was only refreshed without replacing the tea? Not acceptable.

Runner up for ambiance: Coral Tree Tea House

Call for reservations, price ranges from $17-$40pp, only open 11am Thursday-Sunday

Coral Tree’s Gluten Free plate

Located in Old Town San Diego’s Heritage Park, this tea room is in a charming Victorian house that is a pleasant walk from the shops in Old Town Market. I’ve digested many excellent scones with a post-tea stroll past the haunted and historic Whaley House. The service, teas, and vittles are excellent.

My *Personal* Pick for 2019: Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe

Call for reservations ASAP, because seats are almost full for their December tea. $34pp

This was my first choice for my December tea, and when I called today, my must-have date was already booked! Hopefully your preferred dates will still be open, but better call now.

Why is this my pick? Because this:

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Courtesy of Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe Facebook Page

Where I’m going this year: The Aubrey Rose Tea Room

Call for reservations, Holiday tea offered at multiple price points (Queen Victoria Tea is $34)

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room in La Mesa is cute as a bug’s ear and I’ve been meaning to get there for a proper review. They also had my date available, though they too are filling up fast. I like downtown La Mesa. It’s old-fashioned with boutiques and antique stores that are well worth some after-tea exploration. Stay tuned for the review!

There are so many Holiday Tea events – keep up to date on Facebook!

Now, I limited my search to just a few tea rooms in San Diego, but there are also Holiday Tea Events hosted by You & Yours Distilling Co., La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, a Nutcracker Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (not to be confused with the Hotel Del), and many others.

I update my private Facebook group – San Diego Afternoon Tea Lovers – as soon as I see new events crop up, so for the most up-to-date tea times, join me there!

Cordially yours,

Ms. Lavinia

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