Where: Downtown Woodstock, GA
Style: Southern Whimsy
Tea Selection: 50+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4
Reservations: Strongly suggested; Walk-ins welcome
Cost: $13 Light Afternoon Tea; $16.50 Classic Afternoon Tea; $22 Queen’s Tea; $12 Mad Hatter’s Children’s Tea; $21 Children’s Character Tea – peruse menus here
Destination Tea Tips: Seasonal teas and special events are posted on their website. This popular teahouse does book up, so be sure to call ahead to reserve your teatime. Everyone in your party may individually choose whether to order from the lunch menu, a tea menu, or a combination of the two!
Destination Tea Notes: Tea Leaves and Thyme Hostess Kim Jordy has been serving up a homemade afternoon tea repast for more than 18 years, and it shows. In a historic home opposite the railroad tracks, you pass a board in the foyer welcoming reserved tea guests by name, as you make your way to a tea table in the enclosed front porch or one of four rooms with tables tucked around fireplaces. Here, you’ll easily convert your friends and family into afternoon tea lovers, because this experience comes with all the trappings. Gracious, knowledgable servers who are attentive without rushing you? Check. Bottomless pots of quality and flavored teas? Check. Scrumptious, made-from-scratch tea tray goodies? Check. Vintage flair that takes you back in time — from tea cups to tea dresses to antique decor? Check. While afternoon tea can feel like an extravagant treat, it is so reasonably priced here that your wallet won’t think so. Simply, Tea Leaves and Thyme is the quintessential teahouse.
Sunlit enclosed porch
A group of friends held a baby shower in this room while we were at tea.
Our server pointed out the crowd favorite (Snowflake) and her own favorite (Strawberry Cream) from this extensive menu. Her recommendations and our adventurous choices were all delicious.
Our first pot of many – steeped and filtered in the kitchen, then poured through the antique strainer for ceremonial effect before settled on its warmer
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
When we heard cream of artichoke was the soup of the day, we couldn’t resist adding it à la carte to our afternoon tea menu — a wise move on our part.
With the Classic Afternoon Tea, you may select either a Chicken Salad Croissant, Chicken Salad on Lettuce or Sundried Tomato Tartlet (a delicious savory-sweet quiche-like concoction).
Fresh grapes moisten the homemade chicken salad.
“We don’t bake bread” is the simplest way for Kim Jordy to explain that nearly every item on Tea Leaves and Thyme’s menu is made in-house. Fresh fruit accompanies scones served with a whipped almond cream and lemon curd. An edible orchid graces the sandwich tier, which includes classic cucumber mint, pimiento cheese, pineapple cream cheese on raisin, and ham striped sandwiches. The dessert tier treated us to crème de menthe brownies, blueberry muffins with amaretto cream, chocolate chip fruit bars (our favorite) and (luscious) lemon bars.
Watching the trains go by, as we sip from dainty china
Fun hats and dresses stand by for those inclined to dress the part.
You pay your bill inside the gift shop, which is hard to traverse without being tempted to browse, so leave a little extra time to enjoy yourself here.