The Grand Tea Shop and Jane Austin's Emma - A Match Made In Heaven

Fabulous tea tray photo couresy of The Grand Tea Room

High Tea and Jane Austen the perfect recipe for an afternoon or evening escape I read where millennials want the experience as opposed to something physical. something they can tweet or post. Louisa Magoon owner of The Grand Tea Room in Escondido is on top of it. The Grand Tea Room is the place old fashioned relaxation meets dinner theatre. However, it's so much more - it's definitely an experience. One to be enjoyed with a mother, daughter, sister, friend or male counterparts if they are into this type of thing.

The Grand Tea Room is located in the downtown historic area of Escondido, at 145 W. Grand. Offering full tea service and a tea themed gift shop.

inside The Grand Tea Room photo courtesy of Grand Tea Room

A few ears ago, Louisa the shop owner was invited to a tea party and asked to bring a tea pot. The only one she owned whistled. She went out and bought a cute pot and went to tea. She loved it. Then another friend invited her to a tea room. A love of everything tea was born. After the restaurant where she worked twenty-one years was sold Louisa knew her tea dream was here. She received her tea specialist certificate from Dawnya Sasse well known in tea circles.

Louisa greets people and helps them in the gift shop while her daughter Leola is the chef. I guess she's the one to thank for the delicious food we were served.

Louisa Magoon owner of The Grand Tea Room

Over the past couple of years,  Louisa has been pairing tea with events. My recent visit to Emma was the fourth play the shop has teamed up with The 413 Project theater group. Louisa has also done themed parties, Sip and paint, and other events to keep the shop a forward moving environment.

The gift shop offers unique tea themed articles worth a visit on it;s own. The salon is quaint, elegant and the perfect backdrop for the Jane Austen era plays.

Emma and Harriet [hoto courtesy of Katherine Rose

The 413 Project I can't say enough good things about them. Totally professional they came about in the summer of 2013 as part of the UC San Diego honors thesis project. Relatively young in the business.they are now up to 5 or 5 productions a year, with a repertory cast offering a variety of styles, class plays, dinner theatre, and Broadway-style musicals. They are excited to be expanding into Los Angeles. I'm excited to see them again in the future.

Emma and Mr. Elton photo courtesy of Katherine Rose

I went out to see Pride and Prejudice in October 2016 at the Tea Shop and was blown away. Jane Austen's Emma was equally delightful. Normally when you watch a play although they can be intimate as in community theater, the actors are still removed from us up on a stage in front of the audience, and even at the murder mysteries where they seem to mingle more this is still different. We are like part of the play. Yet the actors are so into their performances and characters it's like we are not there.An experience you do not want to miss. The plays are such a hit being served with High Tea they sell out fast. Recommended for tea lovers, theatre lovers and the romantic at heart.

Mr. Woiodhouse, emma and Mr. Knightly photo courtesy of Katherine Rose

Sign up for The Grand Tea room newsletter to see what fun event Louisa will brew up with next at And The 413 Project newsletter at for not to be missed events, plays ot tea.


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