Tea Room Reviews

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Rosemary House, Pittsboro, NC  

On a lazy, hot afternoon in June, a friend and I ventured down to The Rosemary House Bed & Breakfast in Pittsboro, NC to enjoy an afternoon tea.  Afternoon tea is served at the Rosemary House on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons from 12-3 pm, by reservation.  The canopy of sugar maples and front porch of the inn were a welcome sight on a very sultry day.  Weather permitting, you can enjoy your tea on the expansive wrap-around porch, but since it was absolutely sweltering, we sat inside in the library to enjoy our tea.  Our teas were served with a beautiful tiered tray of finger sandwiches, scones, brownies and other treats.  There was a good selection of teas to choose from, and the teas, food, and service were great!  Our special request for iced tea was quickly accommodated with a smile.  Next time you plan to be in the Pittsboro area exploring the local antique stores and pottery studios, make sure you plan to stop in the Rosemary House for a pleasant afternoon diversion.  We hope to return soon, on a cooler day, so we can enjoy that front porch!

Rosemary House Bed & Breakfast, Pittsboro, NC - Front Porch View


Olde English Tea Room, Wake Forest, NC  

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of North Carolina's capital city, the Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shoppe is nestled on a quiet street in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, just north of Raleigh.  This quaint downtown area set the stage for a lovely July afternoon in the tea room.  We waited just a few minutes on the antique sofa and chairs in the foyer, just long enough to pick out some fun hats to wear for afternoon tea, offered from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.daily.  My favorite treat on the tray was the butterscotch scone, a perfect accompaniment to my Peach Ginger Tea.  Mmmm!!!!!  The Tea Room also boasts a large gift shop in the basement, and shelves full of interesting treasures line the main floor dining area.  The Olde English Tea Room is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  When you visit, make sure you have plenty of time for tea and shopping!

Olde English Tea Room - view from street

Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island, SC  

The Charleston Tea Plantation isn't a tea room, but is a place that tea lovers will want to visit just the same!  The Charleston Tea Plantation is the first place that tea was grown in the United States, and tea is still grown there today.  On a recent visit to Charleston, we had the opportunity to spend several hours touring the Plantation.  The tour includes both the growing fields and the tea processing center and ends in the Visitor Center gift shop where you get a chance to sample and purchase the Charleston Tea Plantation's signature tea American Classic Tea.  They've also developed several loose leaf tea blends which are available as well.  In May, the Plantation holds a First Flush Festival with food, fun, and entertainment to celebrate the first cutting of the year's tea crop.  It's off the beaten path, but next time you're around Charleston, be sure to stop by. 

Charleston Tea Plantation Visitor Center