Destination Tea: Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum

Where:  Historic West End, Atlanta, GA
Style:  Victorian
Tea Selection:  10 loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Friday 11-5
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  404-314-6261 or
Cost:  $24.50 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  Guests of Just Add Honey’s newest tea room inside Hammonds House receive free admission to the museum on Fridays. See these directions to reach their parking lot, which is around the corner on one-way Lucille Avenue. Just Add Honey plans to expand its open hours at Hammonds House later this year. Follow Destination Tea on Facebook for the latest updates.

Destination Tea Notes:  Just Add Honey owners Brandi and Jermail Shelton recently opened their second tearoom, much to the neighborhood’s delight. The couple now runs two tearooms with very different aesthetics:  their brightly modern, metro-cool café in Sweet Auburn Curb Market downtown, and their new quiet space ensconced at the rear of Hammonds House, where Brandi and Jermail had their wedding reception more than eight years ago. As afternoon tea-goers are admittedly a romantic bunch, we love that the Sheltons’ life together has led them back to their beginning.

Formerly the home of prominent 19th-century Atlanta physician Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, the Hammonds House Museum opened in 1988 to offer cultural programs and exhibits that celebrate artists of African descent. Brandi is one such artist, as she tastefully curates a delicious afternoon tea menu from various local bakeries and caterers, paired with her private tea blends and honeys from across the U.S. (featured in Just Add Honey’s subscription honey boxes). We look forward to seeing the mark of Brandi’s creativity in the new tearoom’s decor and on the back patio, which will welcome guests when the weather warms.

Exhibits in the front rooms of Hammonds House Museum are free on Fridays to Just Add Honey customers.
Jars of loose leaf teas mark the entrance to the new tearoom at the back of Hammonds House.

Tea Service

Two guests share a very large pot of the tea of their choosing. We enjoyed our Silver Moonlight selection, and were intrigued by other flavors like Holy Basil and Sweet Tart.
Our tea pot lasted us throughout the meal, but additional pots are available for $3.50 (serves one) or $6.25 (serves two).

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

A choice of soup or salad is included with your afternoon tea. We chose one of each and shared. The zucchini and thyme soup was flavorful and had a bit of a kick to it. The alternative was a roasted carrot ginger soup.
The Tea Salad, with organic (thank you!) mixed field greens, pear, onion, feta and maple rosemary vinaigrette was interesting and very good!
We lit up upon the arrival of our three-tier tray.
The buffalo chickpea wrap was fabulous, protein-rich, with blue cheese crumbles and leafy romaine — a great counterpoint to the typical flour- and sugar-laden tea tray.
Four large croissants accompany a generous portion of one of our favorite chicken salads in the city.
Served with lemon curd and preserves, two large scones crown the dessert tier, which is sourced from several local bakers and includes macarons, mini blueberry and chocolate chip muffins, eggnog cookies (yum!) and fresh fruit.
Leave yourself enough time to peruse the exhibits displayed throughout Hammonds House Museum, and to visit their gift shop.
Looking forward to seeing how Brandi develops the back porch seating that overlooks the house’s backyard gardens