This place is a hidden gem. I almost didn’t want to write a review, because I want to keep it my own little secret. While visiting my cousin in Phx. last April, I decided to drive out to cave creek/carefree and stumbled upon the quaintest tea shop. I was lucky and went mid week, and got in without a reservation. I had the Just Dessert Tea. The pastries were all delicious and tempting. The scone was perfect, and real Devon cream. A little slice of English heaven in the middle of the desert. Best of all was the ladies working, they were all very courteous and patient and kind. They were helpful in picking out a tea and made a lone traveler feel very welcome. I plan on coming back next spring, I’m even sending my Aunt out there next week.andy y.
Although a bit of a drive, The English Rose Tea Room was well worth it! This was the perfect place for my sister and I to spend a morning brunch on my birthday, yet I hear advanced reservations for any size party is a must, as they are constantly booked for special occassions. Service was excellent and this experience felt much more “authentic” than high tea at a resort. With its extremely pink and girly atmosphere, it’s safe to say that you might wanna leave the guys at home ? The tea was exceptionally good. We got the “Paris” which was a black tea infused with caramel and blackcurrent, what they call a house favorite. The waitress kindly refilled our pot with hot water (they use loose leaves, so it can last up to 2 pots). I highly suggest the Tea for Two special. It comes with a 3-tiered rack of 3 types of tea sandwiches, scones, and various desserts. Most people next to us got salads, which looked equally yummy. In addition, they also have a chest full of numerous ornate hats to wear while enjoying your tea. This was too fun!Jillana S.
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
How incredibly cute is this place? Reservations are highly recommended but you can pop in, just may not have a great seat but there aren't any bad seats. The menu is amazing, food quality is outstanding. Service is adorable and prompt. You cannot go wrong here. Absolutely every little girl's fantasy and the birthdays ranged from 7-17 while we were eating. Guys, just bring your ladies and check your man card at the door. It's ok, you can get it back later with the love and devotion from your ladies. They will love it. Check in with the manager Hillary, she loves working here and it shows. God save the Queen.Kenneth V. – Scottsdale, AZ
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
The jewel in Carefree’s Crown – English Rose Tea Room serves up a bit of Britishness in the desert…mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun…but Arizonans are better off ducking into a shady tea room to beat off the summer heat…there’s only one place to cool off and partake in a spot of tea…in distinctly English style – the English Rose Tea RoomDesert Advocate
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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
English Rose Tea Room voted Best in Phoenix for Kids TeasNew Times/ Phoenix Magazine
“Best Tea Room Around!!!” The English Rose Tea Room has been a family favorite since its inception in 2002. About the same year, my Mum and I decided to try every Tea Room in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. From the Ritz to the Phoenician and many in between, we always returned to The English Rose Tea Room! We decided to give up the quest and consider this Tea Room our "go to spot" for our special tea favorites and a great lunch! You couldn't ask for a better British owner who is passionate about her gem in the desert! You can't argue with perfection! The staff is absolutely lovely! For a fabulous experience in a quaint atmosphere, you don't want to miss this charming place! Thank you for the memories and years of happiness you have brought to my life. Visited November 20164Heather – Peoria, Arizona
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.
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