Tea Rose’s Tea Room in Cromwell is like a step back in time. Decorated with vintage hats, bone china tea cups, porcelain dolls and antique furniture, the “tranquil tea house” delights patrons with assorted tea sandwiches, quiche, soup, scones, soft background music, and freshly brewed tea.
“It’s a place to make memories,” owner Peggi Camosci says of her seven-year-old business.
Aside from tea and delicate fare, visitors will find quaint gift items such as greeting cards, hand-made candles, antique hats, paintings, jewelry, and fabric creations by local artists. There is also a “book nook” featuring different genres, including a work by local author/artist Robert Kluba of Wethersfield, and of course a huge assortment of tea.
She carries a nice selection from Harney and Sons, a tea blender based out of Millerton, NY. John Harney began blending teas in 1983 in his basement in Salisbury, CT. Since then his blends have become world renowned and grown from six teas to 300.
Most the teas she serves are organic. In addition to offering Harney Teas, she brews blends from distributors in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, China, Asia, India, Sri Lanka, and Japan.
Peggi sells and serves only loose leaf teas not bagged. She steeps her tea in an infuser. Serving temperatures vary depending on the type of tea. She offers 36 different teas, including her own Tea Rose’s blend.
To accompany the tea, Peggi has created a delicate menu including gluten free items, and soups from Picnic Basket, also located in Cromwell. She describes her food, which she personally prepares, as “aromatic, beautiful, and little bites, typical of tea rooms.”
As to why she chose the location, Peggi says, “primarily because of a mural painted on the wall.” The wall sized painting, depicts a café table set for tea. The table, dressed with a lacy cloth, is complete with a plate of scones and petite fours, fresh flowers, and situated in front of a large window overlooking the garden outside.
“I fell in love with the space, but when I saw that mural it confirmed my aspiration of owning my own tea shop. It just looks like the perfect place to sit and have a cup of tea.”
“I’ve actually had customers say they wished they could have their tea right in front of that window,” she continues.
Peggi is very pleased that the business has grown steadily since she first opened. Her customers have come from around the U.S. and abroad, including one couple who traveled from St. Louis, MO just to visit her tea room.
“They said coming here was on their bucket list because it is a typical ‘English style tea room.” Tea Rose’s Tea Room was named after Peggi’s aunt Rose, “a strong matriarchal woman who was an inspiration” for her. Many of the dishes, furniture and other items in the shop once belonged to her aunt.
“I’m surrounded by her things every day,” she says.
“It just makes the place even more special.”
The tea room is open four days a week and is also available for small private parties (seating is limited, therefore reservations are suggested) . In addition, Peggi hosts angel, tarot and medium readings, Reiki sessions.