Sitting in an oasis of beauty, I had a British style Afternoon Tea service with a friend at the Golden Tea Garden in Hayward, CA. The owner Beneba Thomas has spared no effort in bringing the tranquility of a lovely private outdoor garden to her inside dining area. There’s a grand trickling water fountain at the entry and live flowers everywhere along with rose petals (not real ones!) strewn about the floor. A garden mural covers an entire wall and the white garden furniture is a perfect touch to make this inside area feel like a garden. And like a real garden, the décor changes in part with the seasons.
The charming owner, Beneba, was there serving her guests when I visited. Along with fine teaware, Beneba knows her teas! There are nearly 200 options, the menu serves as a basic guide, but Beneba has even more teas available upon request. I was pleasantly surprised to find she had one of my favorites, a ginseng oolong which is not very common in U.S. tea houses.
|Sara & owner Beneba
Whether high or low, I’ll be back either way for more tea at the Golden Tea Garden.