Where: Woodstock, GA Style: Artsy Parlor Tea Selection: 20+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5 Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 404-554-7966 Cost:$22 Classy Miss Sassy;$20 The Southern Charm; $18 The English Lady; $12 Light Afternoon Tea; $12 Princess Tea; $10 Cream Tea – sample menus here Destination Tea Tip: Look for suite 101 to find Jessa’s. Follow Destination Tea on Facebook to learn about upcoming holiday teas and dinners.
Destination Tea Notes: When a mother-daughter team with years of catering experience opens a tea parlor, you know you are in for a treat. Newly opened this fall, Jessa’s Tea Parlor is becoming a popular lunch spot with ladies and gentlemen alike, which hostess Jessa James attributes to the parlor’s hearty Southern fare. To afternoon tea-goers: come hungry and pace yourself, because you will want to taste everything from start to delicious finish. Jessa and mom Carolyn Lyle whip up a plentiful afternoon tea repast that is homemade from the citrus curd to the salad dressings (which they sell by the gallon). For those who appreciate the creative touches, you’ll spot evidence of Jessa’s artistic side everywhere you look, from refurbished antiques to her handmade decorative cloth napkins, steampunk earrings and tea cups turned pin cushions.
And remember, should the holiday bustle leave you without advance reservations, a few afternoon tea venues welcome walk-ins (find which ones under the “To Reserve” column in our directories). For example, the recent update to our Dr. Bombay’s review now includes pics of their walk-in Caroline Tea service.
[Update: Urban Tea is now under new ownership with the following changes to the details below: in place of full afternoon tea, now “Sweet Tea” is offered with scones, desserts and tea during open hours for $12.50 with 24-hour notice requested.]
Where: Alpharetta, GA Style: Romantic Chic Tea Selection: 100+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Friday, 12; Saturday, 12 or 2:30
*Private parties may reserve the CommuniTea table anytime during open hours. Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 678-446-4200 Cost:$20 Afternoon Tea – sample menu here Destination Tea Tips: It IS there! Urban Tea occupies a slender space between the Which Wich? and Robeks stores. Locally-based Certified Tea Specialist and author Lisa Boalt Richardson guest teaches some of Urban Tea’s classes. Follow Destination Tea on Facebook to learn about upcoming events.
Destination Tea Notes: For more than 20 years, hosts Lori and Tom Karras operated two tea houses in Palm Beach, Florida, before relocating to Georgia, bringing their delicious recipes along. The couple has now cleverly integrated an afternoon tea space into their new tea shop in Alpharetta by reserving the back half of the store for a “CommuniTea” table. Sliding French doors seclude the dining area away from the bustle of the shop up front, creating the feel of a dinner party. Afternoon tea is a communal experience if you choose to socialize with your neighbors as pots of pre-selected teas are passed round, while each group of friends has its own sandwich and dessert trays.