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There’s an English rose in the East Valley that refuses to wilt in the summer heat…the English Rose Tea Room is a refined desert oasis.

East Valley/Scottsdale Tribune

Writer, Marija Potkonjak

Wow….what a wonderful find! Thanks to Yelp for the directions….don’t think we would have found it otherwise. This was truly a treat….I was finally able to share with my husband some scones…I also wanted him to try some crumpets but unfortunately they were out…but an excellent excuse to have to go back! We ordered the Earl of Sandwich which was a delicious selection of 6 tea sandwiches, our favourite being the chicken with nutmeg and tarragon, edged with walnuts. We also shard a pot of Paris Tea which was a blend of vanilla, caramel and bergamot oil….truly divine! For dessert we both had a scone with jam and cream…once again delicious….the cream also was very, very tasty. The Tea Room is decorated beautifully so you really do feel as if you are in an English Tea Room in Engand. The soft classical music was also a great accompaniment to the overall relaxing feel. The fine china topped it all off. The staff were also very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back to try the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea which is served on a three tiered cake stand and has such goodies as sandwiches, scones, petite fours and a pot of tea. And we of course will also be back for the crumpets. This is a wonderful spot for lunch or if you just feel like some dessert and tea. There was even the option of salads that looked very appetising or appetizing…already slipped back into English spelling having spent some time there! lol As we were leaving the owner informed us of her gift store next door….definitley worth a look….some great gift ideas. Highly recommend this special little spot.

Kate N.

I had never been to a tearoom before. This was my first time. I decided to bring my Mother & Sister who were in visiting from New York. We were all blown away with the adorable venue. The service was friendly and made us feel at home. The food was unexpectedly delicious. The atmosphere was exceptionally whimsical as there was live music, violins playing in the tearoom. Our experience here was talked about for days and I believe the highlight of Mom & Sis’s visit to AZ. My mother will be back to visit me in February 2007 and we will be sure to make another reservation at the English Rose, possibly an event that must take place everytime Mother is in town. Thank you English Rose for an enjoyable afternoon.

Kristin Romano

Arizona is expected to lead the nation in restaurant employment in the next decade…failures are commonplace in the mercilessly competitive industry…but Arizona women are proving it is not impossible. Here we take a look at Valley women restaurant owners who dared to open their restaurants and succeeded, with lots of passion and hard work…” spotlighting Joanne Gemmill Owner of English Rose Tea Room Carefree

Arizona Woman Magazine

Author, Suzanne Brent

If you want to be transported to an enchanted place and step away from the hustle and bustle of the world, go to the English Rose Tea Room. I’ve been here so many times, including my own Bridal Shower, this place feels like home to me. Having never been to England, I imagine myself there each time I have tea sitting on the patio of this wonderful place. My Husband and I went here this weekend (yes he loves it too), and have a lovely pot of Paris tea (my favorite), scones with cream and jam, and lunch entrees. He had the savory bread pudding and I had the tea sandwiches and soup. The food here is always great, as is the service. It’s a nice and relaxing place to people watch or have a good conversation with the person you are with. I can’t say enough about this gem. Go there, even if you are a guy, don’t be afraid, you will LOVE it!

Tori B.

We went back today to try the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea….truly sumptuous! It is served on a 3 tier stand ….. the presentation is really amazing : ) We were lucky to get a seat as there were only about 2 tables left on the front patio. It was great to see it so busy as well as to see everyone enjoying their tea and sandwiches! We had to order the Paris Tea once again as we had been craving it since our last visit. The staff as last time were wonderful and we picked up yet another little item at the gift store.

Kate N.

Me and my mother, who was raised in London, had a lovely time at The English Rose in Carefree. The food was wonderful and delicious and the tea (we tried the Darjeeling) was flavorful and the best I have ever had at a tearoom. We will be coming here again very soon. Thanks Jo!

Audrey Kelley

This is my favorite place for high tea. I always have the best time here. My favorite tea is the jasmine blossom, it taste so smooth like silk in your mouth and I usually order the nursery tier to share. It's fun to dress up and have some tea.

Ami Z. – Aspen, CO

What a delightful place! I brought a visiting friend here when she wanted to experience something different after I showed her around the Valley for several days. We decided to do the high tea (as recommended by Linda R’s review here in yelp). My friend chose a lavander-blended tea and I had the peach-ginger tea — two extraordinarily fragrant and delicious choices that went so well with the cakes, sandwiches, scones, and cookies in the 3-tiered server. The elegant meal (yes, I think it should be considered a meal) and the beautiful surroundings made our trip to Carefree so much more memorable.

Norm R.

OMG, this is the cutest place in Carefree! I have a 7 year old daughter the insisted on having her birthday at English Rose Tea Room. The wait staff were wonderful and we all got to pick out our “fancy hats” before tea was served. The only complaint is that there is not much arm or leg room. However, you can sit outside if you desire more room.

Robin S.

First visit, will be back. Absolutely lovely for women of all ages. The indoor space is delightfully decorated like a Victorian Tea parlour. They have hats to borrow, should you like to indulge and not have your own. The servings are quite generous for the price. The interior is a tad tight but that adds to its charm somehow. If you have a guest with a walker or wheel chair I would let then know in advance. The outdoor patio looked a bit roomier but wasn't in use on the very hot day that we were there. There were large groups of 7 or 8 and small groups of 2, plus a few tables of very well behaved children. The center it is in has lots for kids - a water park, slides, artwork and more. I really enjoyed the tearoom, the plaza and the other shops. Worth the drive!

T.S. – Denver, CO

If I could give this place six stars I would. Authentic imports, including devon cream, scottish treats (made in Scotland, not a USA affiliate) and the most heavenly tea you could ever imagine. Very quaint, cozy and perfect way to slow down and share a civilized experience. Very reasonably priced. It's a very different experience than you will find at the Four Seasons, Phoenician or the former Ritz Carlton, but equally intimate and special. Appreciate the authentic scones!

Amanda R. – Austin, TX