About Ms. Lavinia & Her Persnickety Tea Criteria

Ms. Lavinia is a denizen of San Diego, an anglophile, tea snob, milliner and vintage hat collector. She once took a “How to Fascinate” personality test that categorized her as “The Connoisseur” – she who knows where to find the best of everything.

Yes dear, “Ms. Lavinia” is a Nom de Thé to preserve the authoress’s anonymity and the integrity of her reviews. She does not let the tea rooms know she’s coming!

The Criteria

Overall rating

  • Ambiance – New & classy? Historic? Elegant? Doily n’ Dolls?
  • Service – are servers attentive? Are they knowledgeable? Do they leave the tea to OVERSTEEP?!
  • Quality of the tea served
  • Tea sandwich quality & inventiveness
  • Scone quality – fresh baked in-house? Light and fluffy? Mary Berry-worthy?
  • Tea cakes & sweets
  • China Cuteness Quotient


Is the tea room suitable for:

  • Children
  • Large parties
  • Bachelorette Parties / Bridal Showers / Baby Showers
  • Friend Get-Togethers
  • Theme Days & Events
  • Hat Lovers
  • Anglophiles & Tea Aficionados

Special Considerations

  • Wheelchair accessible?
  • Are high chairs / child seating available?
  • Gluten free options
  • Vegetarian and/or vegan options

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