We called it the “Crown & Crumpet Tea Stop” (but now we are back to Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon, Chris says it sounds so much better!) so that we could manage all our devoted and beloved fan’s expectations about the new space. Sadly the pink and white floors are not here. The chandeliers covered with linen fabric drums, the sofa, fireplace and the portrait of Chris’s aunt hanging above the said fireplace are all packed away for another day. The good news is that we were able to get back in business pretty quickly, in a great location and a rent that was WAY more reasonable and sustainable for the long term. We also have an amazing staff and Pastry Chef extraordinaire who leads a great kitchen and has elevated all aspects of our menu! So have no fear, we may not have all the glorious “bits ‘n’ bobs” of the Ghirardelli Square but heck, we are still in business, we still serve the best Afternoon Tea service in the Bay Area (according to loads of people!) and we are still lots of fun and we are still cheeky to boot!
We were very fortunate to open a second location in the gorgeous, fancy town of Ross in Marin County in August of 2020. “How brave or completely mad” you say…? Yes, indeed, with Covid-19 still raging we took a risk but there is no stopping tea loving folks! We put into place, very exacting Covid precautions and have created a new, delightful cafe with an outdoor garden and park-let. You simply must come soon and take tea with us there.
Christopher & Amy Dean
Christopher and Amy met in 1994 in London at a dinner party held at the home that once belonged to the 19th Century novelist George Eliot. Their mutual love of tea, antiques, and travel drew them together instantly. After tying the knot at a lavish tea party themed wedding on Chris’s Aunt’s croquet lawn, they travelled to Amy’s home town of San Francisco. In 2001 they opened ‘La Place du Soleil’, a small but perfectly formed antiques store in Russian Hill. Over the seven years that the shop was in business, it gained a loyal following that bordered on the maniacal. Their clientele included many locals, decorators, and celebrities, including Cameron Diaz, Jeff Goldblum, and even Oprah! They loved running the business, only closing it when they realized it was time to move on to their next adventure of opening an English Tea Room. One that reflects their unique style and celebrates their love of tea… and so Crown & Crumpet was born in 2008.