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Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2004
T&S is one of my favorite restaurants -- my husband and I go at least once a month. The food is all homemade, and definitely proves that British cuisine isn't drab or boring. The afternoon tea is huge, loaded with tasty sandwiches, scones and cakes. The mushroom shepherd's pie is my husband's very favorite dish (we call ahead to see if it's available), and I'm partial to the welsh rarebit. The desserts are phenomenal too -- the ginger cake with custard and the victoria sponge cake deserve special mention. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, and you have to wait outside until everyone in your party has arrived, so come prepared to wait -- it's one of the most popular places in the neighborhood!
Posted by sydney on 02/08/2004
I've gone to Tea & Symapthy several times and have always been treated well....not sure about the other comments about service being poor. I have always found the service to be casual but very amicable....like a neighborhood joint where Midge asks you if you want her to save you a slice of pie. It's a great place to grab brunch and an even greater place to have cheap afternoon tea. The scones and clotted cream are delicious...and I see the space as quaint instead of "cramped." I guess it's all about your perspective.
Posted by The Guvna on 01/09/2004
I don't know what part of England the owners are from, but its nothing like any restaurant I went to in England. Its like some tatty relic from the 70s. It's cramped, and the kitchen exhaust blows straight in to the eating area, so the smell of the food stays with you (on your clothes) after you have left for what seems like many days. Service is pretty rude (unlike the service in England, where people are usually pleasant these days). The food ? Pretty authentic, but incredibly overpriced for what you get, and its hard to screw up Myers sausage, mash and tinned beans isn't it ? I only go here in cases of extreme homesickness !
Posted by pumpy on 02/13/2003
Tea & Sympathy really needs to be renamed. There is not a jot of sympathy here just a lot of I'm English so of course I'm much better than you. The food is fun, hearty, satisfying. It's nice to get a real English salad like I ate in my salad days in London (beets, carrots, hard boiled egg, salad cream etc.) and it would be nice to enjoy the welsh rarebit and scrumptious desserts but I gave up a long time ago after being snapped at and condescended to on EVERY VISIT. I just make it at home instead (or go to Mary's Fish Camp or the stupendous new Italian restaurant on W. 4th & Perry.)