Destination Tea: Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary

Where:  Virginia-Highland, Atlanta, GA
Style:  Vintage Apothecary
Tea Selection:  100+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday-Saturday 11-4:30; Sunday 12-4
Reservations:  24-hour notice, 48-hour notice for parties of 5 or more
Contact:  Doria Roberts, 678-705-7995 or tippleandrose@gmail.com
Cost:  $37.50 Special Celebration High Tea; $30 Vegan/Gluten-free High Tea; $30 Southern High Tea; $25 High Tea; $10 for children 12 and under – peruse menus here
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Tipple + Rose Storefront

Destination Tea Notes:  Hostess Doria Roberts takes afternoon tea seriously and consequently she expects you to be on time and read your menu. Just do it, knowing that the payoff is a completely spot-on, sumptuous afternoon tea. Doria may have given me a “Hello? It’s clearly printed on your menu” look when I was surprised to find out we had another course coming (the Digestiv), but I would gladly forego a super-solicitous host for one with Doria’s culinary prowess. This is the real deal.

Luxuriating in a soft, vintage armchair, awaiting our high tea
Luxuriating in a soft, vintage armchair, awaiting our high tea

Tea Service

High Tea at Tipple + Rose
So many delicious teas in the offing
Tea is served and pots sit on warmers
Tea is served and pots sit on warmers

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Lemon curd is housemade, and fig and pomegranate jam is locally made by Emily G's
Lemon curd is housemade, and fig and pomegranate jam is locally made by Emily G’s
We couldn't decide which housemade scone was more wonderful: the cornbread brown sugar or the sundried cherry almond vanilla. Doria is a scone master. We would have preferred the sandwich bread a bit thinner, but the three sandwich flavors were delicious: smoked salmon with boursin and arugula, deviled egg salad, and cucumber with boursin and arugula. (Boursin is like an herbed spreadable cream cheese.)
We couldn’t decide which housemade scone was more wonderful: the cornbread brown sugar or the sundried cherry almond vanilla. Doria is a scone master. We would have preferred the sandwich bread a bit thinner, but the three sandwich flavors were delicious: smoked salmon with boursin and arugula, deviled egg salad, and cucumber with boursin and arugula. (Boursin is like an herbed spreadable cream cheese). Dessert was a pistachio and a chocolate macaron and homemade pastry cream tartlets with raspberries.
Just when you think you cannot eat or drink another thing, the refreshing digestive course arrives: locally made lavender lemonade golda kombucha (a fermented beverage) and raspberry sorbet locally made by Honeysuckle Gelato Co.
Just when you think you cannot eat or drink another thing, the refreshing digestiv course arrives: locally made lavender lemonade golda kombucha (a fermented beverage) and raspberry sorbet locally made by Honeysuckle Gelato Co.
Tipple + Rose items for sale
So many goodies for sale at this apothecary, from bath salts to spices, of course teas and locally made specialties
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We will definitely be back! Beautiful tea parlor.

 

 

Where to Find Afternoon Tea in Atlanta

Huzzah! Destination Tea is today unveiling our first online directory for afternoon tea — in and around Atlanta. Whether you live in the area or are visiting, we’ve assembled details about the where, what, how much and when of taking tea in Atlanta to simplify the search for your next destination tea.

You can either browse by map or scroll through our sortable list of afternoon tea venues. Where available, we’ve also included links to menus, so you can get excited about the delicious journey on which you are about to embark.atlanta tea venues

If you have an update to the information provided or would like to see your favorite tea venue listed in future directories, please do email us.

Check back periodically, as we will update this directory of Atlanta’s ever-changing afternoon tea scene, as well as add links to our reviews as we visit these venues.

What to Know Before You Go

  • You’ll see that many tea hosts require advance reservations. This makes sense as afternoon tea menus are fairly elaborate with many offerings, some of which, such as fresh scones and breads served warm, are prepped in advance to be ready to pop into the oven when you arrive.
  • Each menu reflects the tastes, culinary background or heritage of your host. Your server will typically identify the goodies on your tea tray upon delivery. Today it is not uncommon for tea venues to offer vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or allergen-free substitutions. Don’t be afraid to ask when you reserve. See Afternoon Tea 101 to get a feel for the variety of afternoon tea menus. When possible, forward the online menu to your tea companions to determine their preferences because you will typically be asked which tea you’d like to reserve (cream or light tea, high tea, full tea, champagne tea, etc.). Most often all guests share the same level tea, but in some establishments, guests can individually select their tea menus.
  • There isn’t typically a dress code for afternoon tea save some of the ritzy hotels which ask for business casual. We at DestinationTea.com encourage showing yourself off a bit, something elegant or fun, as you like.
  • The first business of afternoon tea is choosing your tea. Each afternoon tea host proffers a unique tea selection. While some offer bottomless pots, allowing you to try several teas in one sitting, others ask each guest to choose one pot which is replenished as requested. As one pot generously supplies three to five teacups, we suggest choosing a variety of teas to share around the table.
  • Most afternoon tea hosts respect the social nature of going to tea, and will graciously allow you to remain at tea for the time it takes your conversation to unfold. Because this doesn’t allow them to seat as many parties in a given business day, you may take this into consideration and help keep your favorite tea venue prospering by patronizing its gift shop, purchasing teas for home and/or tipping your server generously.
  • If you love a certain tea venue and would like to invite a group of friends for an occasion, ask about the possibility of reserving the space for a private party. Many will say yes!
  • Have the most fun! We wish we were there!

 

Remembering Our Faded Rose

We would walk up a stone path, through fragrant bushes of rosemary, lavender and a flowering butterfly garden, to enter the historic 1882 home that was the Faded Rose Tea Garden in Chamblee, Georgia. Faded Rose Tea Garden

It was only after more than a year of ordering off the à la carte menu of freshly made salads, soups and sandwiches, that we discovered the bottomless pots and delectable treats of afternoon tea at the Faded Rose. This world was foreign to us three girls, coming from Italian, Dominican and Vietnamese cultures. No matter; the Faded Rose gradually acquainted us, promising to be “an oasis of calm, gentility and impeccable service,” and it so was. It was our place for a time. We became regulars. We had much to discuss, we knew we would laugh and sometimes cry over our tea. Does memory exaggerate the Faded Rose’s vast tea selection? We were eager to get there and reluctant to depart.

In fiction, mystical places can wink in and out of existence and time after they have served their purpose. With hindsight, we see just how magical the Faded Rose was and how precious our time there. As the Faded Rose closed its doors and was ultimately torn down, that time passed and along with it, that “us”:  that new young mother, that job-seeker who was moving home to New York any day now, that about-to-be Match.com favorite.

The Faded Rose lives still, surely in many fond memories, but also here at Destination Tea, because it is there that we first began playing with the idea of helping others learn about afternoon tea and where to find it.

Faded Rose Green Room Chamblee, GeorgiaThank you Faded Rose and all the local business owners who give free reign to their imaginations to create beautiful and whimsical afternoon tea rooms and menus. Your hard work creates a home:  for friends to gather, for time to slow, for stories to spill and for senses to wallow in delight.