Colorado Springs British store has opened a tea room

July 29, 2016 Updated: July 29, 2016 at 4:10 am
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Caron Webb (L) and Maria Uribe are serving traditional British teas in The English Rose Tea Room located in the back of Willy's Emporium in Old Colorado City. Photo by Teresa J. Farney

Marie Uribe, co-owner with her husband, Rick, of Willy's Emporium, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., knows a thing or two about proper British tea time. After all she grew up in Brighton, Sussex.

"We had tea every day. Actually several times a day," she said.

That's why she wanted to open a tea house where she could serve traditional British tea. A few months ago, when Peter and Sue Holdman, the original owners of Willy's Emporium, were ready to sell the shop, Maria jumped at the chance to take over the operation. Although the Holdmans had offered tea in a space at the back of the shop, it was a small version of the real deal. Maria has vastly increased the seating and hired Caron Webb, who will complete her culinary degree at Pikes Peak Community College in May, to do the cooking.

The English Rose Tea Room will officially open Aug. 5. Hours for the tea room are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Menu selections include:

- Full three-course high tea - for $20 you get finger sandwiches, a petite sausage roll, two scones, clotted cream, jam or lemon curd, a slice of Victoria sandwich and Battenburg cake or a cherry Bakewell tart.

The following cost $6 per person:

- Cream tea - two scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam or lemon curd.

- Tea and crumpets - two toasted crumpets served with butter and strawberry jam.

- Tea and cake - Choice of Victoria sandwich, cherry Bakewell tart or Battenburg cake.

There's a selection of à la carte items too. Pots of tea for one come with all the above or may be purchased for separately.

According to Maria, tea tastes best served in china cups.

"We will be serving Britain's favorite tea, PG Tips, which is a blend of the finest Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas and produces a rich and refreshing flavor," she said. "Tea is best served from a teapot that has the teabags steeping in boiling hot water. Traditionally, we Brits like our tea with milk and sometimes sugar - never black."

Details: 473-6659, willysemporium.com.

Salud

Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering two-for-one margaritas, made with Patron silver tequila, triple sec, a blend of fresh lime and lemon juices, and organic agave nectar, 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Beer is included, too.

Pastry night

Kneaders Bakery & Café sells half-price pastry 8 p.m. to close Saturdays. Finish off dinner with a sweet treat deal or drop by to pick up desserts for Sunday. Stores are located at 3430 Cinema Point and 13482 Bass Pro Drive. Visit kneaders.com to check out the pastry menu.

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Todd Wyatt, owner of Wyatt's Pub and Grill, 806 Village Center Drive and regional manager for CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, talks about his pub, happenings at Old Chicago and the Springs Beer Fest, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Brews from more than 55 craft brewers will be available for sipping. There will be live music, local vendors and local fare from food trucks and area restaurants. Cost is $35 until Aug. 5; $40 at the gate. Visit springsbeer fest.com.

- Maria Uribe, owner of Willy's Emporium, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., is joined by Caron Webb, the chef at Willy's, to talk about The English Rose Tea Room, a new addition to the emporium. Details: 473-6659, willys emporium.com.

- Marc Malenfant, co-owner of Cogstone Brewery, 3858 Village Seven Road, talks about the brewery, the beers he offers and the Neapolitan-style pizzas he serves. Details: 418-6595, cogstonebrewing.com.

- Ian Webster, executive chef at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, talks about Tails, Tunes and Tapas, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25. The adult night out is for 21 and over for a full zoo experience with live music, cash and drink stations.

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings and specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter: @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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