Take a trip to Cornwall without leaving Monterey!
Put on your most dapper ensemble and head to Eddison & Melrose on Soledad Street for a truly traditional English tea experience. Located in the heart of Monterey this charming tea room serves a delightful cup of joy from beginning to end.
The whimsical tea room is reminiscent of a scene from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with pale pink and blue painted walls with lovely garden landscapes. Eddison & Melrose’s cutesy décor and ambiance simply defines quaint, “pleasing and delightful” which is also the perfect adjective to describe its hospitality.
Owner, and tea extraordinaire, Karen Anne Murray meets guests at the door with a proper greeting and a smile. Originally from England, Karen sure knows how to host a credible tea party.
Before grabbing a seat at one of the wicker chairs deck yourself out with provided costume apparel including tiaras, boas and pearls. Once you feel your Sunday best it’s time to choose your tea selection.
Karen walks guests through the tea menu with all sorts of loose leaf teas including traditional teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast as well as some unexpected flavors like Apricot Brandy and Masala Chai. The Strawberry Rooibos tea is particularly delightful with a sweet aroma and strawberry jam aftertaste.
Tea not your thing? Try the cranberry lemon sparkler!
One of the best parts about having tea at Eddison & Melrose is the dishware. Guests are pampered with unique pieces of china teacups, silver spoons and decorative plates which adds an immediate sense of sophistication, and conversation topics.
After a few warm sips it’s time for treats! Karen’s main passion is cooking which truly shows in the food. Menu options include dainty tea sandwiches and hearty sausage rolls, all of which are made fresh and homemade. The Ritz Cucumber is particularly refreshing!
Tea is simply not complete without an English scone. You can smell Karen’s scones as soon as they emerge from the backroom kitchen. The warm biscuits come right out of the oven with fresh preserves, curd and cream; a lovely way to end an afternoon of elegance and flavors!
Eddison & Melrose is open for groups of all sizes ranging from a sophisticated tea for two or a magical birthday party for 20 toddlers. Reservations are available Tuesday-Friday from 11am-3pm and Saturday from 11am-5pm. Call 831-393-9479 to set up your next event which is sure to make an lasting impression!