KSAT said

My WONDERFUL experience.....

Cambridge tea house … called a week in advance for reservation (for 2 at 2:30PM), was told by lady who answered that they are usually out of quiche & scones by that time. If we wanted either need to call back & preorder them. Called back after talking to my friend, to pre order scones. Said to lady that answered that I was not sure if she was the one I originally talked to or not. She said no but saw the reservation for 2:30PM & she just wanted to inform me that they were having a private party at 4PM that day. I asked her if my reservation was a problem being at 2:30PM. She said “It’s no problem, you will have enough time to eat, but I just wanted you to know we have a private party at 4PM.
Arrived for our 2:30PM reservation (in dresses). Greeted by a college age girl, she offered the seating to us: either outside; at the little 2 seat bar by the window (high bar stools); or the table for 2 that the one chair is not across from the other, but on the side of the table (so both of you are smashed into the one side of the table) because if it were across it would block the kitchen door.
We stated we wanted to eat in the main seating area (not offered to us) since it was out 1st time there & it was my birthday. Told that was not a choice. I asked to speak to the manager. She came out of the kitchen & I told her we wanted to sit in the main area, & that when I made the reservation I was told there would be no problem with our reservation. There were 2 women sitting in the main area when we arrived & were still there. The mgr. said we could not sit in the main area (nice roomy table for 2 with white tablecloth). We had to sit all cramped up or outside because they had to set up for their private party. I said no we would not, then as the mgr. was rubbing her hands together like she was cooking up a plan, said “OK, FINE, go ahead & sit wherever you want….I’LL MAKE SURE IT’s A FINE high tea I SERVE YOU.” As if it were a dare or challenge. Then she turned & flew back into the kitchen.
Needless to say we walked out since we felt so welcome there.

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AllanK said

It is too bad you had such a bad experience. I have never actually been to a tea house as they are often more about the food than the tea and I am allergic to most food served in most tea houses. Where was this one located, what city?

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Tealizzy said

Wow, that is really terrible. Sorry you had such a bad experience.

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