|Lovejoy’s Restaurant & Tearoom, Florence, Ore. (Julianne G. Crane)|
|Warm reception at Lovejoy’s Tearoom (Julianne G. Crane)|
Late one overcast afternoon while walking through Florence’s old downtown, Sherian and I were hankering for something sweet and stumbled onto Lovejoy’s Tearoom when we spotted the word “scones” painted on the outside of the building. Stepping inside, we learned it had a full lunch menu and we decided to return the next day.
|3 RVing women Sherian – Julianne – Jacque meeting for tea.|
Sherian and I had been reminiscing about other RVers we met at the Sandollar RV Park in Rockport, Texas, and I remembered that solo RVer Jacque Green was traveling somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I sent her a quick text asking: ‘Where are you?’ Within moments she responded that she was at the Thousand Trails RV Park in Florence — holy moly !!!! She was staying in the park immediately next door to where we were camping. I called her and she quickly agreed to meet us for lunch at Lovejoy’s.
|On right RVers Jacque Green (Okla.) & Sherian Shriver (Ohio)|
Lovejoy’s Restaurant & Tearoom
Decorated in a warm, relaxing English country decor, the tearoom features softly draped curtains, flowery tablecloths along with lots and lots of tea cups and tea pots lining the walls.
Jacque ordered Bangers and Mash (English style sausage with Bisto gravy and homemade mashed potato) for $9.50. “It was very good especially for someone who had been eating her own cooking for a long time,” said the fulltime solo RVer. Sherian order Squash Soup ($7 a bowl) that “was very good,” she said.
I was longing for a traditional English Cream Tea that I remembered from my trips to Great Britain. The ‘Devonshire Tea’ ($9) selection included a pot of tea (I opted for the Yorkshire Gold) and a scone served with preserves and clotted cream.
|Selection of British teas, jams, biscuits|
I was a tad disappointed in the single scone (I had anticipated two) it
was a bit dry and pricey for the size. That said, I will return to this
charming tea shoppe that features a menu offering an array of English
and Scottish favorites.
There are specials that change weekly. The amazing variety of teas are excellent and served in a “proper tea pot,” neatly covered with a tea cozy. For a peaceful atmosphere and hot authentic British teas, this is one of the best “tucked away treasures” on the Oregon Coast.
“It is a perfect place to go to on a cold early fall day,” said
Jacque. “A wonderful place for women to meet,” added Sherian.
|Tea pots, tea towels for sale.|
If you go:
Lovejoy’s Restaurant and Tearoom
195 Nopal St.
Florence OR 97439
Hours: Tues-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lovejoy’s is located just off the main street in Old Town Florence and a few short blocks away from the no-frills Port of Siuslaw Campground and Marina. See below for information and reviews on this and other RV Campgrounds and Parks.