Where: Tullahoma, Tennessee Style: Celtic cafe in 1920s Craftsman home Tea Selection: Edinburgh Tea and Harney & Sons Fine Teas Teatimes: Monday through Saturday, 2 to 4 pm Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, reservations appreciated for afternoon tea; Reservations required for Monthly Themed Teas Contact: 931-563-7733 Cost: $25 Monthly Themed Tea, $18 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tip: Leave time to treat yourself to a thorough exploration of The Celtic Cup’s gift shop, which sells U.S.-made jewelry and imported Irish, British and Scottish treasures.
Destination Tea Notes: So this is what a talent scout feels like when they stumble upon star material. We just visited one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. afternoon tea scene: The Celtic Cup, in small town Tullahoma, Tennessee, about halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga. Owners Denise and Chris Smith deliver a very special afternoon tea menu, in a setting that transports you overseas, making this destination tea well worth the visit. Chatting with Denise, we quickly see she is the type of person who puts tremendous care into her work, while embracing her creativity. Having been to Ireland, we admire how the Smiths renovated this 1920s home to feel like an authentic Celtic pub. Afternoon tea is also served in the cozy upstairs, lit by stained glass windows, and in warmer weather, we would love to take tea at the outdoor tables that trail around the side of the building to a backyard garden. As enjoyable as this ambiance is, the highlight of the experience is the 3-tiered tray, which displays a selection of scrumptious homemade goodies, peppered with Celtic specialties we have yet to be served at an afternoon tea. Wonderful!