Victorian Tea at Julian Tea and Cottage Arts

Christmas makes me think of high tea, so I put on my pearls and made the lovely drive up to Julian.  First, we stopped at Dudley's Famous Bakery in Santa Ysabel and loaded up on rye, cinnamon pull-apart bread and their fabulous apple, walnut bread.  From Dudley's it is a short drive up the mountain to always charming Julian, where the air is crisp and tourists fill up on hard cider, antiques and pie.  The Julian Tea and Cottage Arts in a small shop on Third Street, a block from the main street in Julian.  The shop offers a nice assortment of loose teas - black, green, oolong, herbal, red and more.  I bought four small bags of loose tea.  There are also cute crafts, cook books and vintage china.

The tea room is small and sunlit with a display of vintage tea cups.  Because we arrived early for our 3:00 PM seating, we got the front window seat.  We chose from a tea menu and sipped a nice black tea with milk and sugar and awaited our first course.  The savories were six bites including sausage wrapped in puff pastry, a ham and turkey mini club, their take on a traditional cucumber sandwich and more.  I forgot to write it all down!  Everything was delicious and a perfect one-bite size.  The next course was a delicious and tender scone, orange-cranberry mini-muffins and slices of nut bread served with pomegranate jelly, cream and a strawberry cream.  The scone was especially good!  The final course was dessert with cookies, cranberry bread, brownie bits, lemon curd cups and apricot cookies.  The sizes were perfect and the variety was also delightful. 

Reservations are required for theses special holiday teas.  The cost $29.95 for adults and there is also a children's menu with small people pricing.  The rest of the year, they are open for lunch.  I will certainly stop back and try lunch when I run out of tea.


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