All the fuss about trying to attract men to tea rooms and to tea in general has caused some to think that the charm of the tea room is gone. As if men, in order to feel at home in a tea room, need it to be like a woodworkers shop or the “man caves” we hear about on home design shows. It’s true that some tea rooms have gone to a more austere and almost industrial look, but the days of the Victorian tea room with its chintz, bone china, and genteel atmosphere or the more British tea room with its clean white teawares and plates piled high yet neat with traditional goodies are still in abundance. Yes, tea room charm is not dead!
In my previous article The Non-Endangered Species “Teaprincessica normalis” I pointed out several tea rooms oozing charm for even the most delicate and demanding Tea Princess! Let me expand on that list by showing tea rooms that retain charm but not necessarily in such high elegance.
A comfy little tea room I have been to with friends and will be visiting again soon. They held a wonderful “Princess Tea” in mid-July of this year, so you know they’re geared toward that “Prince Charming” atmosphere, too — hee! Enjoy afternoon tea, homemade breakfast, or lunch in a charming atmosphere. Then, shop for unique gifts in their gift boutique. A true tea oasis in the desert!
Located in Covington, Louisiana, this place could charm The Queen Herself. You can get breakfast, lunch, and high tea served all day without reservations. (Their “high tea” is sort of a cross between dinner and a fancy Afternoon Tea.) They also host special events, private parties, bridal showers, birthday and anniversary parties, and much more. The foods are authentic English and accompanied by a wide tea selection — loose leaf, of course!
A wonderful old Victorian house converted to a tea room for the lucky residents of Warwick, New York, as well as anyone who cares to travel there and partake of their services. They have gone the “theme” route on room décor, with such rooms as the Library Room and the Blue Willow Room. They are currently rated the #1 tearoom in New York State.
Others are out there. Seek, find, enjoy!
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3 thoughts on “Tea Room Charm Is Not Dead”
The Barleytwist Tea Garden in Columbiana OH offers both a beautiful garden setting as well as traditional tea room space, but above all it is comfortable for both ladies and gentlemen…and the food is fantastic.
Normally, I would remove the link, but this place sounds so great, I don’t mind giving them a free bit of promotion!
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