Where: Historic Norcross, Georgia Style: Cottage chic Tea Selection: 18+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Wednesday to Friday 11 to 5, and Saturday by reservation Reservations: 48-hour notice for Spa Tea, Brunch Tea or Southern Tea; walk-ins welcome for Ivy Tea menu Wednesday to Friday Contact: 470-424-4715 or Reserve Here Cost: $38 Spa Tea; $36 Brunch Tea; $36 Southern Tea; $26 Ivy Tea; $20 Mommy and Me Tea; $15 Children’s Tea Destination Tea Tips: Plan return visits to sample all four scrumptious tea menus, but if you can only do one, we say it’s a toss-up between the Brunch Tea and Southern Tea. And bring the gents! Wednesday to Friday, a lunch menu is served alongside afternoon tea, but you may find the Brunch Tea or Southern Tea filling enough to satiate the heartier appetites. “This was actually substantial,” testifies one serious eater for whom past afternoon teas had been too dainty (love you, Dad).
Destination Tea Notes: Introducing Destination Tea’s official “home” teahouse! Little did Nicole Outler know that she was granting our wish when she opened Ivy Tea House in historic Norcross this March, but she’s earned our gratitude and adoration all the same. Since the closing of the Faded Rose in Chamblee, long have we awaited a tearoom in our neck of the woods that embodies all the things we love about afternoon tea: a beautiful space with creative touches; knowledgable and gracious service; reasonably-priced, fabulous, scratch-made goodies; and of course, quality teas. Get thyselves comfortable, because this review wins the Award for Most Pics. How else could we properly give you a virtual tour of Ivy Tea House’s abundant afternoon tea offerings?
Ivy Tea House is the perfect place for converting your friends and family into afternoon tea lovers. Firstly, hand-crafting delicious food is a talent Nicole comes by honestly. Her parents are long-time caterers who formerly ran their popular Bleu House Cafe out of this location. Smartly, Nicole renovated the space, but kept her brother’s secret-recipe focaccia bread on the teahouse menu. And she’s no slouch in the kitchen herself, having run her Gingerspice Bakery wedding cake business and dessert counter for years before treating us teahouse customers to her culinary imaginings (which she imagines in double servings!). Secondly, tea is not an afterthought, as it can sometimes be at venues with serious kitchen cred. Atlanta tea enthusiast Aranthza (“Ari”) Fenimore is on staff here, where she curates a diverse and flavorful tea experience for guests, while dreaming of educational special events to come, like tea tastings or four-course dinners with tea pairings.
Over the course of our five visits in the three months since this teahouse opened, we’ve already seen exciting developments, like the new outdoor seating on the covered patio. As this young team continues to expand their creative vision for Ivy Tea House, we’ll be on the lookout for updates to share with you. For now, feast your eyes on this.