Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Final Tea at Victorian Rose Tearoom

The Victorian Rose tearoom in Rochester, MI opened in 1995, owned and operated by Loretta Curry.   It was the first tearoom I visited after I became smitten with tea in 1998, and I have visited it many times through the years.  

When I was there in September [during the Michigan Tea Tour] the server said Loretta was closing after her Christmas teas this year.  My friend, Joanie, called and made reservations for the 2:00 p.m. seating last Saturday, Dec. 10th.  We were told it was a sell-out.  

Loretta, who is the chef, occasionally came out of the kitchen to mingle with guests. Her final series of Christmas teas will be this this weekend.  The good news is someone bought the tearoom and it will reopen on Jan. 9, 2017 as Tonia's Victorian Rose Tearoom. 

The tables were festively set, and our five-course meal began with Tazo's Passion tea, and a Cherry Almond Scone with Chai Butter.

~ Second was Creamy Asparagus Pea Soup with Proscuitto.  ~

The third course was Baby Cheese-filled Purses topped with Lemon Herb Butter Sauce.

The main course was a Chicken Breast with Apricot and Cornbread Stuffing, covered with a Cranberry Orange Glaze, served with a Roasted Mixed Pepper and Caper Potato Hash.

Dessert was a Chocolate Grand Marnier Lady Finger Parfait.

Loretta's Christmas finale tea was exceptional, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

[L-R:  Linda, Joanie, and Me]

Thank you, Loretta, for 21 years of service. I'm glad Tonia is going to perpetuate your legacy.


  1. How lovely! And I'm so very glad that the tea room will continue to be open under new management.

  2. What a splendid outing, Phyllis! I'm glad you could enjoy this with good friends. I am so happy to hear the tea room will continue to operate in the new year. You are blessed to have so many tea rooms to visit. Here on the Island there are very few and they are all closed this time of year and will not reopen till next summer so I enjoy reading about yours.

    Merry Christmas,

  3. I am so glad that the tea room will stay open! We've had several close in our area.

    That meal sounds delicious!


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