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August: Jo is back from Blighty!

‘Trooping the Color’ was just as magnificent as I had hoped with enough Pomp and Pageantry to last me a lifetime.
The Queen in green looked glorious, although I have to say her choice of lime green was a little alarming…but at least we could all see her.  Prince Philip looked suitably stoic throughout, he got “dropped off” while the Queen made […]

August Tea week in the UK here in AZ

Next week in the UK is ‘Afternoon Tea Week’.  Hotels and Tea Rooms across the country will be hosting fabulous tea treats and pouring LOTS of cups of tea to accompany their delicacies.

 As it’s probably a bit short notice to fly over for tea, why not stop into the English Rose Tea Room and celebrate with us here in Carefree, […]

August 2016: New Staff Server wanted NOW!


After almost 15 years in business, the English Rose Tea Room has developed a first-class reputation for tea, dining and service.  If you would like to join our team of dedicated staff as a server, please email me a resume and we’ll chat!
Part-time hours, restaurant experience useful but not necessary.
Love of tea essential.

Jo Gemmill

 Email your resume here.

Join Jo’s own Master Tea Class coming January 20th 2017

           Join me for my own Tea Class in 2017

I will be hosting my own “Tea History & Tea Tasting Class” at our local Foothills Community Foundation on January 20th, 2017.
For more details and to reserve space call 480 488 1090

Jo is off across the pond in June

I’m off across the pond…
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 90th birthday this year.  She is lucky enough to always have two birthdays, her actual birthday on April 21st and then her ‘official’ birthday which this year will be celebrated on Saturday June 11th (because the weather is better, seriously). 
Things happening in London over Her Majesty’s birthday weekend:
June 10: Service […]

Summer Happenings at the English Rose Tea Room

Over the past few months we’ve been busy serving literally thousands as they too discover the “utterly civilized pleasure of taking time for tea”.  We’ve appeared on several TV shows, had some fabulous events; from Horse Rescue Fund Raisers during the Kentucky Derby, to an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party for our local theater and a ‘splendiforous’ Downton Abbey bash.
A […]

Sunday May 8th 2016 – Mother’s Day High Tea – Sold out!

Mother’s Day High Tea – Call today!
Sunday May 8th, 2016
“Sold out Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th”
$50 per person
6 course Afternoon Tea
Call for details 480.488.4812
Reservations Only

June 11th Queen Elizabeth’s ‘official’ 90th Birthday

Saturday April 23rd 2016 DOWNTON TEA PARTY


The English Rose Tea Room is proud to present its own tribute to Downton Abbey in the form of an all-day, celebratory tea party.  Guests MUST come in period costume (you have from the Victorian era to the 1920s to choose from!) We will have live […]



It’s hard to believe that the picture above, is the same place today.   14 years ago, on March 1st 2002, the English Rose Tea Room began its adventure as the first Tea Room in Carefree, Arizona.  Who would have thought that a little bit of Brit could survive in the heat of the Arizona desert…after all only mad dogs and […]