English Rose Tea Room http://carefreetea.com Arizona's Finest Tea Room Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:01:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 August: Jo is back from Blighty! http://carefreetea.com/jo-is-back-from-blighty/ Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:32:29 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6088 ‘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 her inspection of the troops.
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August Tea week in the UK here in AZ http://carefreetea.com/august-tea-week-in-the-uk-here-in-az/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:49:54 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6105 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, Arizona.
 Whether you are in the mood for a full formal Afternoon Tea, a simple scone with jam & cream, or even Beans on Toast…we have something for every discerning tea lover’s palate.  Check out our menu on-line and call for reservations.
August 2016: New Staff Server wanted NOW! http://carefreetea.com/august-2016-new-staff-server-wanted-now/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:48:39 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6102 WE NEED HELP!
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
Join Jo’s own Master Tea Class coming January 20th 2017 http://carefreetea.com/join-jos-own-master-tea-class-coming-january-20th-2017/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:45:35 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6099
           Join me for my own Tea Class in 2017
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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 http://carefreetea.com/jo-is-off-across-the-pond-in-june/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:46:13 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6079

I’m off across the pond…

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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 of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

A weekend of events to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and, unofficially, the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, will start on June 10 with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The congregation will be made up of invited guests only, but the service will be televised. June 10 is also the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, (but he has specified that he does not want any public celebration of the date).

June 11: Trooping the Colour

Saturday, June 11 is the date of this year’s Trooping the Colour, the official annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday. Otherwise known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade, it is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from the Household Division. It takes place on Horse Guards Parade behind Whitehall, and is televised live by the BBC from 10am.


The Queen and other members of the Royal family travel to and from Buckingham Palace in carriages, meaning there is ample opportunity to see her for anyone standing on The Mall. She will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at 1pm to watch a fly-past. This will be the only “balcony moment” of the birthday celebrations and is another good chance for members of the public to see the Queen, albeit from a distance.

And I will be there, complete with hat and husband.  I will post pictures to our Facebook page so watch for the English Rose Tea Room exclusive!

God Save the Queen, and Happy Birthday Ma’am.

Summer Happenings at the English Rose Tea Room http://carefreetea.com/summer-happenings-at-the-english-rose-tea-room/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:41:33 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6073

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 busy season with lots of new faces and some wonderful re-connections with old friends. I am so lucky to be able to enjoy tea every day and the English Rose Tea Room is the best place in Arizona to do just that.

The Tea Room was recently featured on Channel 12 News “AZ Midday”, featuring Yours Truly and the new Jane Austen movie premiere of “Love & Friendship”. Thank you to Priscilla for lending me the fab outfit and thank you to Alison Frost and all the team at Channel 12. 

Watch the video

We are open ALL SUMMER everyday from 11:00am to 4:00pm, with our last seating for tea at 3:00pm.  Call us now to make a reservation and we look forward to welcoming you at the English Rose Tea Room. 

Call 480.488.4812




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Goodbye to Jane http://carefreetea.com/goodbye-to-jane/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:43:16 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6076 goodbye to jane

Goodbye to Jane

Exciting times ahead for our lovely English Jane as she embarks on her new career as “Official Nana In Charge” of her beautiful little granddaughters Alice and Lucy.

After 4 years at the Tea Room serving our customers, “smiling with teeth” and explaining that I come from the ‘posh’ part of England and she doesn’t (those  were my words) its time to wave Jane off as she flies to Chicago for a year with her family and then eventually back to  England (the non-posh part).

Thank you Jane for all your support and hard work, for the marmalade (thank you hubby George), the Alice-isms and the many laughs, most of them at your expense. 

We will miss you very much.

Sunday May 8th 2016 – Mother’s Day High Tea – Sold out! http://carefreetea.com/sunday-may-8th-2016-mothers-day-high-tea-almost-sold-out/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:10:01 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6051 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 http://carefreetea.com/june-11th-queen-elizabeths-official-90th-birthday/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:38:11 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6036 Carefree Tea Queen Image 2 Carefree Queen Image 1 ]]> Saturday April 23rd 2016 DOWNTON TEA PARTY http://carefreetea.com/saturday-april-23rd-2016-tribute-to-downton-tea-party/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:27:29 +0000 http://carefreetea.com/?p=6024 Saturday April 23rd 2016 “TRIBUTE TO DOWNTON” TEA PARTY 10AM to 5PM ALL DAY EVENT

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 music, special guests, vintage cars, photo opportunities and a Downton Trivia Challenge.  Afternoon Tea will be served and special goody bags to take home. If you are a Downton Abbey fan, now is your chance to really prove it!

Cost $50.00 per person

Call 480.488.4812

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