The tradition of afternoon tea began in England in 1840.  Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, got into the habit of ordering a tray of tea with cakes and sandwiches to her room between meals.  Anna so enjoyed her ritual, she moved it to the drawing room and invited friends to join her.  Soon, afternoon tea became a widespread social practice, complete with rules of tea etiquette.  More than a century and a half later, afternoon tea is still bringing people together.  We're happy to continue the tradition.

Camellia Tea Room (est. July 1995) is located in a beautifully restored 1897 building in historic downtown Benicia. Lace curtains, ivory tablecloths and fresh flowers on each table, tea served in bone china teapots and an ornate ceiling featuring Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers, make for an elegant and relaxing atmosphere. In addition to afternoon tea, we serve lunch and desserts, and everything is made fresh daily in our kitchen. We offer more than 40 fine loose leaf teas. Our hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 4pm. We hope you'll stop in soon.


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