UPDATE: As of January 2018, Whitney’s Tea Room & Cafe has closed its doors.
Where: Garden City, SC Style: Dainty Vintage Tea Selection: 40+ loose leaf teas by Tea Forté Teatimes: Monday-Saturday 10-4 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, reservations strongly recommended Contact: 843-651-3071 or reserve here Cost:$22 High Tea; $16 Child’s High Tea (ages 12 and under) Destination Tea Tip: Over the summer this tearoom had a change in ownership, but loyal customers of the former Just Because IYQ should know that the new husband-wife team carries on the tearoom’s favorite recipes.
Destination Tea Notes: When Steven Neeves emerges from the kitchen to chat with us for a bit, he shares a story that brings a smile to my face: about when his wife Whitney, upon learning this tearoom would be closing, came to him to say, let’s do this! In only three years since Eileen Cyrus opened Just Because IYQ, she had garnered a loyal following of afternoon tea-goers, Whitney among them, who weren’t ready to say goodbye to their beloved local tearoom. In its second chapter, the now Whitney’s Tea Room & Cafe still offers its favorite recipes, passed on from Eileen to Steven (who, as a chocolatier, knows his way around a kitchen). This is one of those afternoon tea experiences that leaves you feeling happily spoiled, from the graciousness of the staff to the delicious meal, naturally preceded by a bit of dress-up. Having introduced a brunch service and clever vintage “sound system” (see below), the Neeves have already begun to inspire creative additions to the tearoom. We wish them every success in their new venture!