We have closed our doors...A great big thank you to all our visitors and customers!
"Truly a beautiful place to enjoy breakfast or lunch!"
This Victorian home was built in 1903 and has become one of the loveliest homes in this area. We are draped in oak trees and flowering gardens. All the seating for this Tea House is located on the front wrap-around porch. The tables are wrought iron, and the setting is perfect for spending time with friends and family.
Luncheon & High Tea Times:
A simple word of advice.....
Afternoon tea derives from the Duchess of Bedford’s desire to fill the gap between lunch and diner with a light meal of tea, cakes, and sandwiches to satisfy the hunger pangs. The practice proved to be so popular that it soon developed into an established social occasion among the higher classes and has endured until today, where it has become more popular than ever.
Dress-Code for Afternoon Tea?
Relaxed ‘smart casual’ dress code is acceptable. Ladies, it is the perfect excuse to dress-up.
Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea or High Tea?
When talking about Afternoon Tea, this terminology may confuse people. Let's define some things up for you! A ‘Cream Tea’ is usually tea served with scones and a side of cream and preserves. ‘Afternoon Tea’ is traditionally tea served with sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes. ‘High Tea’ typically is comprised of savory foods and an all-together a heartier meal: warm dishes served with tea. Historically taken at the end of a busy work day, Afternoon Tea was a way to unwind and spend time with friends.
Cream or Jam First?
The "Devon" tradition is cream first with jam on the top of the scone. The "Cornish" tradition is to generously spread jam on the scone first and then top with clotted cream. Feel free to choose either method!
How Should I Stir My Tea?
Place spoon in the teacup at a 6 o’clock position. Stir the tea towards the 12 o’clock position, while trying not to "clink" the spoon against the sides of the cup. Also, remember not to leave the spoon in the cup; simply place on the side of the saucer.
Why Tea Matters...
Our customers are increasingly tea savvy. They have come to expect high-quality tea in a variety of formats. Tea at a restaurant used to be a simple business; an anonymous bag hanging limply out of lukewarm water.
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It has also proven to encourage weight-loss, lower cholesterol, and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD. “I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavoring – are good for the heart"
Stop by and enjoy one of our 50 teas in stock; you'll feel happier and healthier drinking tea!
Try our new "Purple" Tea! It has more antioxidants than any other green, black, or white tea grown.