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English tea room planned for Sawyer's News site in Santa Rosa

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

Liverpool native Angela Grant has plans to renovate the former Sawyer's News in downtown Santa Rosa into a cozy, English cottage and open it this spring as the Tudor Rose, a traditional English tea house.

“It's going to be traditional but quirky, because the waitresses all sing,” she said. “I'm going to have big window booths, a lot of antique tables, sofas and chairs.”

Plans for the 1,200-square-foot cafe also call for a small prep kitchen and an oven for baking scones, a traditional pastry served with clotted cream and jam.

“It's nice to be baking those fresh throughout the day,” she said. “Finger sandwiches will be made fresh to order.”

Grant plans to serve PG Tips tea, a brand she claims is “the best tea on the planet.”

“If you want a good, English cuppa tea, that is going to make you go ahhhhh,” she said. “It brews in seconds, because it's a very black, earthy tea.”

To attract families, she's going to offer babysitting on Saturdays and a kids' corner with board games and a library area with books.

Tudor Rose will be located at 733 Fourth St.

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