Destination Tea: Lady Camellia Pastry and Tea Room

Where:  Georgetown, Washington, DC
Style:  Victorian
Tea Selection:  35+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday to Friday 1-5, Saturday to Sunday 11-7
Reservations:  Strongly recommended (3-week notice recommended for weekends)
Contact:  202-333-2308
Cost:  $38 High Tea; $32 Full Tea; $24 English Pie Tea; $23 Savory Tea; $19 Light Tea; $18 Cream Tea; $21 Children’s Full Tea; $17 Children’s Sandwich Tea (ages 10 and under)
Destination Tea Tip:  Request a table in the tea room’s beveled bay window for a cozy, sunlit afternoon tea experience.

Exterior Lady Camellia Tea Room in DC

Destination Tea Notes:  Slipped amongst Georgetown’s historic rowhouses, Lady Camellia’s lime green front welcomes tea-goers for a bit of a “choose your own adventure” afternoon tea experience. Once seated in the feminine, intimate tearoom, you first select your afternoon tea menu (options listed above) and then how you’d like to populate it, from the seasonal sandwiches, scones, croissants, English pie and/or pastries currently offered. Repeat customers could easily customize their experience to have a different tea adventure every time they visit. Ensconced in an historical building where tea was surely taken hundreds of years ago, we perch grandly in our Baroque-style chairs, wondering if the quietude we found upon entering warns of stuffiness. Nope! As new guests arrive for their teatimes, the room fills with animated conversation and the vibe is relaxed and friendly, with tea-goers not there to be seen, but rather to see each other.

Entering Lady Camellia in DC
Robin’s-egg-blue paned door gives you your first glimpse of Lady Camellia’s sweet interior.
fireplace seat in Lady Camellia in DC
The image of enjoying afternoon tea by the fire is instantly warming as we step in out of the December wind.
Lady Camellia interior in DC
Lady Camellia’s narrow interior is decorated with soft whites, pastels and elegant tufted chairs.
Tea table at Lady Camellia's in DC
Just the right amount of girlishness in our table setting

Tea Service

afternoon tea menu choices at Lady Camellia in DC
If I were local, I would definitely return to try the English Pie Tea (because, alas, there is only so much one can eat in a sitting). For this visit, we opt to make the Full Tea a “Tea for Two.”
pastry choice at Lady Camellia in DC
A chalkboard with the seasonal desserts presents a serious challenge. Which desserts did we choose? Read on…
Tea choices at Lady Camellia
Our “Tea for Two” comes with a pot of tea each. I have a personal goal to sample more unflavored teas, but find Smoky Rose, Vanilla Mint, Gingerbread and Meyer Lemon too tempting to not try one.
Tea is poured at Lady Camellia
Tea is served!

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Tea sandwiches at Lady Camellia in DC
We choose the chicken salad, brie and apple, and smoked salmon tea sandwiches, which are generously portioned and yummy.
pastry and scone course at Lady Camellia in DC
For our next course, we elect to sample the apple and pain au chocolat croissants, and white chocolate cranberry scone, served with cream and jam. Clearly, we unabashedly cater to His Majesty, the Most Exalted Sweet Tooth. 
Desserts at Lady Camellia afternoon tea in DC
For our four pastries, we agree on the red velvet cupcake, vanilla crème brûlée, fleur de sel caramel macaron and pecan tartlet, all delicious. We congratulate ourselves on our excellent ordering and sharing skills.
DestinationTea
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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