Destination Tea: The Market Tearoom and Country Store

Where:  West Columbia, SC
Style:  Country Market
Tea Selection:  200+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday to Saturday 11, 12:30 or 2:30
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  themarkettearoom@gmail.com or Reserve Here
Cost:  $18 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tip:  To find The Market Tearoom and Country Store, turn into the South Carolina State Farmers Market, then turn left into the lot for the Corbett Building and look for the big red barn doors on the building’s left side.Afternoon Tea at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC

Destination Tea Notes:  The Market Tearoom and Country Store has that special excitement and creative energy of a newly born tearoom, expressed in the sincere welcome we received from owner Dupre Percival and manager/chef Jennifer Gerdes.  In addition to owning several successful food service and event planning businesses, Dupre is also a local food enthusiast. So when Dupre approached Jennifer  — who had been blending teas, making her own candles and hosting pop-up tea tastings — to suggest they pair up to convert his restaurant building’s front room into a tearoom and country store, she saw it was a natural fit. We saw that for ourselves, as customers passing through the tearoom paused to note our tea party and ask for more information on scheduling one of their own, or to order a freshly brewed tea to go. While the decor and South Carolina sourced wares give a country feel, Jennifer’s afternoon tea menu incorporates traditional southern and global flavors. The whole family enjoyed The Market Tearoom’s hospitality, finishing off our visit with a perusal of SC-made gifts and antique furniture.

Tea bar at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
Order from more than 200 varieties of tea at the bar.

Tea Service

Afternoon Tea table setting at the Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
Family dining table set for afternoon tea, with two pots of tea already steeped and waiting for us: South Carolina Signature (the house blend) and Moroccan Mint. Jennifer invited us to choose a third from her vast offering, and the kids requested Thai Chai, which they loved.
Interior The Market Tearoom Columbia SC
Walls lined with locally made goods and gifts; our curate arrives!

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Fruit salad at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
Refreshing pink and blue fruit salad served family-style
Tea sandwiches at The Market Tearoom, SC
Generously sized finger sandwiches with perfectly soft bread included house pimiento cheese on white (tried very hard not to gobble this one), cranberry apple walnut chicken salad on wheat, and peach pepper ginger on cinnamon swirl.
Homemade scones of vanilla cream, masala chai and strawberry
Jam and cream for scones at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
Locally made blueberry lime jam and vanilla cream spreads for our scones
Tea desserts at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
Desserts included the exotic Leela’s mysore pak (an Indian sweet), “half-naked” strawberry basil petit fours (amazing) and pizelles (Italian wafer cookies) Jennifer handmakes from an inherited press.
Afternoon tea at The Market Tearoom in West Columbia, SC
We had a great time! About to go shopping amongst the displays of locally made goods, including jewelry made from chipped or dropped tearoom china. Love the upcycling!
DestinationTea
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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