Destination Tea: Annastasia’s Tea Room

Where: Gainesville, Georgia
Style:  Romantic kitsch
Tea Selection:  50+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Monday to Thursday, 11-2:30; Friday 11-3:30; Saturday 11-4
Reservations:  24-hour advance notice for parties of 4 or more,
otherwise, walk-ins welcome
Contact:  770-287-1181
Cost: $15.95 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  You will find Annastasia’s Tea Room on the ground floor of Serenity Massage & Spa. Leave time to explore the nearby historic downtown square.Exterior of Annastasia's Tea Room

Destination Tea Notes:  We say no 200-year-old city is complete without a tearoom in its historic downtown. So this past spring, as we roadtripped to Helen from Atlanta, we knew we needed to stop along the way in historic Gainesville (where tearoom is included). The angular display windows and narrow doorway of Annastasia’s Tea Room give one the sensation that our tea sister ancestors might have walked up to this very entrance a century ago.

We had a pleasant experience at Annastasia’s, where the extensive tea choices and homemade sandwiches are the highlights of their afternoon tea. We did miss though, the made-from-scratch, locally-sourced scrumptiousness in the scone and dessert courses, which we have come to expect at afternoon tea. The very nature of teatime invites the hostess to slow down and relish the care, creativity and personal touches that craft a wonderful afternoon tea experience. In this understandably laborious process, Annastasia’s Tea Room takes a couple shortcuts, which could be better done by perhaps using a local caterer or baker.

Entrance to Annastasia's Tea Room
Pass the chocolate counter and gift shop to enter the tearoom.
Interior Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville GA
A cacophony of romantic wall murals, faux greenery, trellises, china plates and string lights lend color to the dark brown dining sets.
chandelier in Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
Super pretty chandeliers
sign at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
Quietly with a capital “Q” – love this reminder that teatime is time for genteel conversation and a focus on the ones you’re with.

Tea Service

Tea education at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
We always appreciate a tearoom that educates its customers about tea.
Tea at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
Annastasia’s boasts a long tea list and each guest chooses her own pot.
Pouring tea at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
We each love our tea choice, and I brighten at the sight of the very same scalloped Grace’s Teaware teacup, given to me by the ladies of the Southern Tea Time Getaway. So lovely, and happy to be reminded of these fabulous tea sisters!
Tea ball infusers at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
The upside of using a tea ball is that you can remove it to prevent oversteeping. We note that here a bit larger tea ball would allow the tea leaves to unfurl and infuse more fully.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Finger sandwiches at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
The savories are the best part of this tea meal, including egg salad, pimiento, ham and cheese and chicken salad. We “yum” our way through these housemade finger sandwiches.
Potato salad at Annastasia'a Tea Room
We agree the skins-on potato salad served on the side is our favorite item. Delicious!
Scones at Annastasia's Tea Room
To the contrary, the scones, spreads and desserts do not impress. Two flavors of scone are served — the blueberry one reminiscent of a blueberry muffin mix — with packaged breakfast condiments. Dessert includes two store bought cakes. 
gift shop at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville, GA
We peruse the gift shop, which has a wide range of jewelry, tea-related and children’s gifts.
Teacup snack plates at Annastasia's Tea Room in Gainesville GA
One of my favorite finds:  teacup snack plates!
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Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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