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 info@justaddhoney.net
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.Hammonds House exterior

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.

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

Tea Service

Afternoon tea menu at Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum
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.
Pouring tea at Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum
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

Soup at afternoon tea at Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum
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.
Tea Salad at Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum
The Tea Salad, with organic (thank you!) mixed field greens, pear, onion, feta and maple rosemary vinaigrette was interesting and very good!
Afternoon tea curate at Just Add Honey at Hammonds House Museum
We lit up upon the arrival of our three-tier tray.
Buffalo chickpea wrap at Just Add Honey afternoon tea
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.
Chicken salad croissants at Just Add Honey afternoon tea
Four large croissants accompany a generous portion of one of our favorite chicken salads in the city.
Scones and desserts at Just Add Honey afternoon tea
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.
Hammonds House Museum gift shop
Leave yourself enough time to peruse the exhibits displayed throughout Hammonds House Museum, and to visit their gift shop.
Outdoors of Hammonds House Museum
Looking forward to seeing how Brandi develops the back porch seating that overlooks the house’s backyard gardens
DestinationTea

Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

2 Comments

  1. From the outside, the Hammond House Museum looks like one of the more inviting places to enjoy an afternoon tea. Once inside though this reader finds the entrance to the tea room, and the tea room itself, a bit too austere; the aesthetics not in keeping with the rest of the house, especially if attempting to generate a quiet, romantic vibe. That being said, the ability to tour the museum certainly is an added bonus and the offerings appear to look plentiful and delicious! I definitely would like to take my better half here nonetheless, the next time we’re in the area.

    1. Thank you for reading Marie! I have a hunch that Just Add Honey’s cheerful energy and style will soon permeate the tea room and back porch, once they have fully settled into their new space. I look forward to it.

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