Cordelia’s Tea Party at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Knott’s Berry Farm, Mrs. Knott’s Restaurant Chicken Dinner features stunning new menu items that pay homage to their rich history. The one that got us the most excited was their new tea set – Cordelia’s snack!
Now I have a little girl who loves snacks. Since we have a real tea set in Canada, we are addicted. So she and I made a reservation at Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and organized our own tea party for two.
But first, before entering the building, we had to take a photo with the iconic LOL chicken statue.
Cordelia’s Tea Party service is offered from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day. I highly recommend making reservations so that you don’t have to wait for a table, however reservations are not required for groups of less than 9 people.
Tea Party at our Knott’s Berry Farm
We were seated in the tea room where we ordered from the Tea Party menu. There are a few sandwich and treat options, and a dozen teas to choose from.
This girl was smiling from ear to ear all the time.
So what is included in Cordelia’s Tea Party menu? Each service is for two people and costs $ 17 per person for a total of $ 34 plus tax and tip. Discounts for pass holders apply, so you can save up to 20% on your bill.
Cordelia’s Tea Party Menu
Group of two • $ 17 per person
TEAS (Choose one from the list below)
Black teas – Big Awake Early Gray Vanilla Chai
Green Teas – Decaffeinated Zen Green Passion Fruit Lotus Flower
Infusion Teas – Chamomile • Soothing Mint Refreshment • Sweet Orange • Wild Boysen Berry
INPUTS (Choose one)
Cookies Mrs. Knott’s • Boysenberry Scones • Lemon Glazed Scones
TEA SANDWICHES (Choose two)
Egg salad • Cucumber Avocado • Prosciutto, apple and brie
Apricot shortbread bars • Raspberry shortbread bars • Honey lavender madeleines
Time for tea!
We ordered from the menu and very quickly they brought out the tea. I recommend asking them to take out cream and sugar as well. This will make the tea sweat for the little ones, and yours if you wish. I also recommend pouring a cup as soon as you get it. It’s hot so this will give some time to cool down before the tea sandwiches and desserts come out.
It was Dani’s face when they brought the tea food to the table. I wish you could see the video. She was so excited.
If you’ve ever made a tea set before, then you know how the tiered platters work. Each level is a different source. Cordelia’s Tea Party service has a sandwich level for the main course, scones and cookies for the middle course, and a few fruit crumble bars or madeleines for the dessert course.
Everything was very pretty and the food was very tasty. And while it wasn’t as complex as some of the more expensive tea sets I’ve been to, and for the price, I felt it was a good deal for a team service like this. . It was absolutely PERFECT for me and my daughter. She tried everything and liked everything. And we got to enjoy an hour together chatting and trying all the cute foods.
As you can see … she liked it a lot.
We chose the Boysenberry tea, the egg salad sandwiches, the cucumber sandwiches, the lemon ice scones, the lavender honey madeleine and the raspberry crumble. It also came with two buttermilk cookies and Boysen’s berry jam. We loved all of our choices!
I let Dani do almost everything herself, like putting jams on her scone and adding cream and sugar to her tea. She kept saying that she and I were princesses.
Finally, here is a picture of her and me to show that yes … I was there too! It’s a shame that I don’t have anyone to take our two photos together.
Do we recommend Cordelia’s Tea Party? Of course we do. We had a great time and would highly recommend this outing for a parent and I, or a fun outing with friends or a grandma. Each service is for two, so try to have an equal number of guests to join you.
How Mrs. Cordelia Knott started her tearoom and how Knott was born.
It was the berries that started it all when Walter and Cordelia Knott planted their first 20 acres of leased land at Buena Park in 1920. An extremely cold winter froze most of their first harvest, but the Knotts were not discouraged. . Their confidence and hard work paid off as future cultures flourished. Customers loved the quality of the Knott berries, which they sold at their own berry stand.
In 1927, the value of land skyrocketed following an oil boom. Landowner Knott has decided to sell. Although the price is high, Walter bought 10 acres. The Great Depression hit a year later and the price of land plummeted, but Walter never defaulted and also bought an additional 10 acres at a lower price. With the rest of their savings, the Knott’s built the farm’s first permanent commercial building in 1928.
They now had an 80 foot structure, a 40 foot berry market, a 20 foot nursery where berry plants were sold, and a 20 foot tea room. The tearoom is where Cordelia served fresh berry pie, hot cookies, and berry jam.
In 1932, Walter Knott heard of an Orange County grower named Rudolph Boysen who had crossed a Logan blackberry, blackberry, and red raspberry, producing spectacular new fruit. He located Boysen in the nearby town of Anaheim only to learn that the plants had been left in an orange orchard that Boysen had sold. Fortunately, a few stunted plants still survived and Walter asked permission to cultivate them. After three years of careful care, the large and tasty Boysen Berries were ready to be offered to the public.
Today Boysenberry is cultivated in many parts of the country and in many foreign countries and all can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. Meanwhile, the family was busy in the small tea room with five tables.
Although Cordelia repeatedly warned Walter that “we are not going into the restaurant business“, one day in 1934, she casually announced that she was going to “try to sell chicken dinners”. The first eight porcelain dinners served on her wedding on a summer afternoon were an instant hit. The demand grew so great that in 1937 a 300-seat restaurant was built.
By 1940, the Knotts were serving 400,000 dinners a year – and up to 1,200 on Sundays. 1940 also marked the beginning of Ghost Town. Successful farmer and savvy businessman Walter Knott had a dream. The dream was born as he listened to the stories of his pioneering grandmother when he was young. The dream came true when he built Ghost Town as a tribute to his memory and to the Wild West. By 1946, the farm, which had started on 20 acres, spanned 150 acres. The ghost town continued to grow every day. Stores and shows have been added.
Today, the Farm continues to grow, guided by the vision of the Knott family. It started with a berry and the end is nowhere in sight.