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More Tea Please!

Recent adventures have given Shaun and I two more tea places under our belt and they were good ones. We are divided on which is in 2nd place and which is in 3rd as The Peabody has yet to be knocked off its pedestal. But that's the thing about being the blog author, you get to write what you want ; ) and thus the current bronze medal holder is Victoria Garden in North Little Rock.

Don't be fooled by the exterior, this place is great! No really, this is the exterior: 




My bf and I recently  had afternoon tea on a cloudy chilly day, it was the perfect treat to warm us up. Our waitress was so very sweet and took excellent care of us. All of the teas are traditional or fruity and since our waitress offered to make us different tea for our 2nd pots we got to try four different types, all of which were good. 

We started off with a cup of the cheese soup, which came with delicious house made beer bread. It was very good but not to heavy to keep us from enjoying the tea tray. 



Next we each had a plate of fruit, I could have done without the grapefruit but it was otherwise good. 



The tired tray had scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. We were absolutely stuffed by the end! 

The tea sandwiches were chicken salad on the beer bread and cucumber - we each had two of each. The chicken salad and bread was a little heartier than your typical tea sandwich and very enjoyable - both were delicious. 



For dessert we receive 6 mini desserts including a lemon bar, chocolate mint bar. I wish I could remember all 6 but we were so stuffed we had most boxed up and the bf has on his own : ( 

The price was very reasonable for afternoon tea considering food quality, quantity and taste as well as the wonderful service, about $19.70 plus tax and tip. The is the most affordable tea we've had yet! We will be sure to visit again. 


Silver medalist is currently Savannah Tea House in Nashville, TN. 

Had a lovely time at the 2013 Christmas tea! Our reservations were for 1pm and we arrived a few minutes late but when we got there it looked like they were just starting to get the pots of tea going. I love that it was served in the Ambrose house but hope to check out their regular tea room next time.
Upon being shown to our table we were directed to pick out a tea cup and tea flavor - very extensive! 

The tea cup and tea shelves, quite the selection. They also had a selection of hats. 




And y'all know I took advantage of the hats 


For tea, I got the white chocolate and the bf got caramel, we were both very pleased with our selection. On the table was a rose and tea spoon for us to take home, a nice touch. 



It looked like most people were being served mini pots of tea but we each received a full pot, being the last to arrive I'm guessing ours were made last. The tea arrived already steeped with the bag removed. 

For the first course each table was served a glass of Devonshire cream with a scone and mini muffin for each person - both were very good. The scone was lighter and moister than a typical scone - which I actually prefer. 



The second course was soup - roasted red pepper. Also very good and the portion was just right. 



Third course was a spinach quiche, about the size of a muffin. Probably the best quiche I've ever had. 



Next, we were brought out our tiered tea tray with fruit, tea sandwiches and deserts. One small oversight here - this should have been served bottom up in order of eating not top down. 



The fruit was a nice pallet cleanser and I ate half of mine before the tea sandwiches and half after. The three tea sandwiches were cucumber, pork and shrimp - although none were bad the shrimp was the only one with flavor and the other two were quite bland; disappointing as tea sandwiches are usually my favorite part. The desserts were all excellent - a red velvet petit four, maple leaf cookie, and chocolate covered strawberry. 

To end the meal, we were brought a pear and cinnamon sherbet, it was like a more delicate tasting frozen apple sauce and a nice note to end on. 



This is the most food I've ever been served at tea and I really enjoyed the experience. However, there are a few things keeping me from awarding 5 stars. Although once they got going everything was smooth it did take a long time (about 1:30 and not just us) for everyone to get their tea so perhaps staggering the arrivals would have been better, or at least has glasses of water out on the table. Also, our tea got cold, granted we had full pots but the people with mini pots didn't appear to be getting refills. I alway drink a full pot of tea at tea - typically in two or three mini pot servings so I'd like to see a little more attention to the actual tea. The tea sandwiches were very bland which made me so sad but all of the other food was very good. One last issue was they need to do a better job managing the tea cup inventory. My bf noticed a crack down the side of his cup with a chip at the top, not wanting to stick it back on the shelf for someone else to pick up we showed the waitress who said  "well just be careful when you drink from it", really? Obviously he switched to a different un chipped cup but its odd they're not concerned with people cutting their lips on chipped cups. All of these are minor things but worth mentioning. 

Also noteworthy they do include gratuity in the check and its at 20%, they really should just be quoting the final cost per person if they are going to make it automatic like that 
- which is $38.78. 

Overall we really enjoyed the experience and recommend it as a special treat. I'm very nit picky so the fact that I'm only taking off one star for the issues says a lot on how well everything else was done. Before leaving we took a pic in the entry way, of course! 


Next blog post will be where to buy tea for home consumption. 

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