Paddington Tea coming to Santa Rosa

UPDATE: The name of the teahouse is being changed due to another Paddington Tea already in existence in LA, but owner Angela Grant is still hoping to open this spring.

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You know what traditional English tea rooms are missing? Singing waitresses. That is, until now.

Liverpudlian-turned-Santa Rosan Angela Grant isn’t content just to open a cozy English tea room in the former Sawyer’s News space in downtown. This winter, she’s mixing it up with a combination teahouse, theatrical experience and cafe that’s, in her words, “a place for people to go, feel special and have a laugh,” she says with a cheery British accent.

Grant makes no bones about the fact that clotted cream, bone china, scones and pinkies-up teas are definitely aimed at the gals. “The guys will probably hit the brewpub next door,” she says, hoping to attract bridal parties, baby showers, book clubbers and the ladies-who-lunch-set.

Inspired by a trip back to Merry Old England recently, Grant knew the teahouse was her destiny, adding the idea of waitresses breaking into 40s and 50s-style crooning for special events and, well, whenever the time feels right. “Paddington Tea Room will be a place where women can go and truly be comfortable,” she says, anticipating a February April open.

Guys are, of course, welcome. Provided they know how to properly use a napkin and don’t muss the doilies.

Author: biteclub

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  1. Is this still happening? If anyone knows of any great tea rooms in the area please share. I’d love to find out if this is still going to open.

    707-595-4056

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    • There’s a sign in the window stating that they’ll open April 6th! Excited!

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  2. Heather, can you get an update as to how this is going? Opening soon?

    Thank you!!

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  3. When do you open? We can’t wait.

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  4. The Thursday Threads have been following the opening of your Paddington’s very closely, since first announced. There are 14 of us awaiting this grand day! The majority of us are Petalumans with a dash of Rohnersians, Cotatians, Penngrovians and one from the Eastbay :0)
    Please inform us as to how you are coming along. Sincerely, TTT

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  5. Hi We would love a tea room in Santa Rosa the Red Hat Traveling Tea Cups is our chapter please let us know when we can book there for a tea there are 25 of us .
    Queen Pat Wapp From Petaluma Ca 94954
    Traveling Tea Cups
    Jollygreen1168@sbcglobal.net
    707 318 6826 cell

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  6. Our Women’s group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. We always do something fun on or near Valentine’s Day. We want to have our Valentine’s tea there and hope you will be open February 22, the third Wednesday. Our groups has approximately 12 women and we are called Women of Interest. My email address is tartanswan@aol.com and my name is Jan. If possible, please let us know when you will be opening. Thank you. We can’t wait to have a tea room nearby.

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  7. I would LOVE a tea room in Santa Rosa. Can’t wait. Please keep us posted.

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  8. How fun Paddington, Save me a table can’t wait. Hope you serve oolong.

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  9. When is this supposed to open? Is there a website with more info?

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    • So far no information other than what she told me on the phone…February is the target date.

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  10. Great News! I love having tea & scones and of course the little sandwiches….I can’t wait to bring my sisters and girlfriends…happy, happy, happy:)

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  11. This sounds excellent…always on the lookout for tea rooms like this! My husband, who’s an Aussie, also loves tea and tea rooms, so we’ll definitely try it out!

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  12. Excited to hear the news. I’m hoping it won’t be terribly stuffy. I usually go to Lovejoy’s in San. Francisco.
    ;~)

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  13. Can’t wait for a proper English tea room. The closest one that is the most excellent (in my opinion) is the Ritz Carlton in SF– the best one I’ve ever been too. They even have a harpist!

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  14. How wonderful to hear we are going to have an English tea room in Santa Rosa again. It will be a pleasure having tea, scones and of course clotted cream. Hope they will serve those wonderful tea sandwiches and lovely desserts. Nancy

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  15. It’s a dream come true!! –a real tea room in Santa Rosa! I AM SO EXCITED!!

    …and as if it couldn’t get any better, it’s named after my favorite bear –Paddington [who is from deepest, darkest, Peru, you know.]

    I am so looking forward and will be the first at the door when they open.

    Lisa
    :~)

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  16. Thanks for the info, can’t wait to read their menu.

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