Where: Buckhead, GA Style: Elegant Traditional Tea Selection: 12 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Friday-Sunday 2:30-4 Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 404-563-7799 Cost:$40 Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea; $22 Children’s Tea – sample menu here Destination Tea Tips: Pull up to the main entrance of The St. Regis to have your car valeted (bring cash for a tip) and have your ticket validated at the hostess stand before you leave. Reserve afternoon tea during different seasons or holidays throughout the year to experience The St. Regis’ changing afternoon tea menus and specialty tea blends (i.e., the Mother’s Day tea with roses).
Destination Tea Notes: At the St. Regis Atlanta hotel, fashionably dressed afternoon tea guests wind their way up curling staircases to luxuriate in armchairs in the second-floor Astor Court, which acts as an indoor balcony, overlooking the beautiful lobby chandelier. In this setting, lovers of historical novels and period films should not be surprised if your first thought is, “if only I had worn a proper tea gown.” Here you can easily imagine yourself in the company of 19th century high society hostess Lady Caroline Astor, whose son founded the St. Regis. And when an executive pastry chef is in the kitchen, you know your afternoon tea repast will be a treat worth every penny.
Where: Historic Roswell, GA Style: Warm Traditional Tea Selection: 15+ loose leaf teas Teatimes:Tuesday-Sunday 11:30-3:30; 5:30-9 Reservations: 48-hour notice Contact: 770-643-5813 Cost:$30 High Tea; $25 Light Tea – peruse menus here Destination Tea Tips: Note that this is the only venue in the Metro Atlanta area that offers a tea service during both regular lunch and dinner hours, allowing you to enjoy high tea at its (historically) proper time: in the evening, perhaps after you get off work.
Destination Tea Notes: Newcomer to the afternoon tea scene, Tafa’s Restaurant is a family-run Syrian-Greek restaurant, opened in late 2015 in the historic home that housed the former Roswell Teahouse. Tafa’s must have known that the only way to help us get over the loss of a beloved teahouse was to delight us with an afternoon tea menu the likes of which Atlantans have never seen. Especially for world travelers, foodies and cuisine explorers, Tafa’s should not be missed. Mediterranean specialties, flavors and spices abound in every course of this menu — from tea through dessert — which we happily explored with our server as our gracious guide. In place of the scones and spreads you’d find in a typical British tea, Tafa’s offers two tiers of sandwiches, making this ample meal deserving of the “high tea” moniker.
Where: Downtown Woodstock, GA Style: Southern Whimsy Tea Selection: 50+ loose leaf teas Teatimes:Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 Reservations: Strongly suggested; Walk-ins welcome Contact: 770-516-2609 Cost: $22 Queen’s Tea; $21 Children’s Character Tea; $16.50 Classic Afternoon Tea; $13 Light Afternoon Tea; $12 Mad Hatter’s Children’s Tea; – peruse menus here Destination Tea Tips: Seasonal teas and special events are posted on their website. This popular teahouse does book up, so be sure to call ahead to reserve your teatime. Everyone in your party may individually choose whether to order from the lunch menu, a tea menu, or a combination of the two.
Destination Tea Notes: Tea Leaves and Thyme Hostess Kim Jordy has been serving up a homemade afternoon tea repast for more than 18 years, and it shows. In a historic home opposite the railroad tracks, you pass a board in the foyer welcoming reserved tea guests by name, as you make your way to a tea table in the enclosed front porch or one of four rooms with tables tucked around fireplaces. Here, you’ll easily convert your friends and family into afternoon tea lovers, because this experience comes with all the trappings. Gracious, knowledgable servers who are attentive without rushing you? Check. Bottomless pots of quality and flavored teas? Check. Scrumptious, made-from-scratch tea tray goodies? Check. Vintage flair that takes you back in time — from tea cups to tea dresses to antique decor? Check. While afternoon tea can feel like an extravagant treat, it is so reasonably priced here that your wallet won’t think so. Simply, Tea Leaves and Thyme is the quintessential teahouse.