Update: Burdett’s Tea Shop closed in June 2021.
Where: Springfield, Tennessee
Style: Historic downtown tearoom
Tea Selection: 30+ loose leaf teas by Blue Roses Tea
Teatimes: Monday to Saturday, 11-2:30
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome; 24-hour notice for parties of 8 or more
Cost: $29.99 Tea for Two; $16.99 Tea for One; $6.29 Child’s Tea Plate
Destination Tea Tips: Leave time to enjoy the shops in this historic downtown area.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Tennessee afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: Tennessee was the second state we researched for Destination Tea’s afternoon tea directories back in 2016, so it’s quite satisfying to finally begin exploring the afternoon teas in our neighboring state. Best of all, my wonderful friend Jennifer Stowe, owner of Three Sisters Tearoom in Campbellsville, TN, graciously agreed to make the trek out to Springfield where I was reviewing Burdett’s Tea Shop, so we could meet in person for the first time. It’s been three years since Jennifer and I first spoke, when I interviewed her about her then one-year-old tearoom for the Tennessee afternoon tea directory. I had no idea the friend I had found.
Jennifer is one of those special tea sisters — like the ladies of the Southern Tea Time Getaway — who touches your life with her kindness, grace and generosity when you least expect it. Unsurprisingly, her three daughters reflect the good in her. As we gather around a table in Burdett’s, I learn that these sweetly mannered sisters are also talented self-starters. The family is prolific in dreaming up ways to share their passion for tea, well beyond the running of their tearoom. They write, design and publish tea-themed books, give educational presentations to the community, organize tea tours and have founded the Mid-TN Tea Association. And still they are brimming with more new ideas, even for Destination Tea! It was such a joy meeting these women surrounded by the warm chatter of the afternoon crowd at Burdett’s Tea Shop.
Burdett’s Tea Shop is the kind of tearoom every historic downtown should have. Here it’s easy to believe that Grandma might be in the kitchen pulling her famous scones from the oven. In addition to preserving certain original design elements of the 1912 building, they intentionally blend dark wood tones with homespun touches like crocheted tablecloths to create an ambiance that’s inviting to men and women alike. A full homemade lunch menu is offered alongside the afternoon tea service, so each guest can order according to his or her own appetite. I enjoyed choosing from a varied tea list by local tea blender Blue Roses Tea, to pair with the well-portioned Tea for One, a tiered tray of scratch-made treats.