Where: Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia Style: Historic teahouse Tea Selection: 24+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Saturday to Sunday, 12:30, 3 or 5:30; Private parties by reservation daily Reservations: Required Contact: 678-399-9964 or Reserve here Cost: $55.95 High Tea; $45.95 Afternoon Tea; $34.95 Children’s Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tip: Reservations book out weeks in advance at this newly opened teahouse, so do not wait to reserve your teatime.
Destination Tea Notes: Tea friends, Alpharetta’s new teahouse, The Ginger Room, is one for your destination tea bucket list. What makes it especially fabulous, beyond the beautifully redecorated interior in Alpharetta’s oldest home, is what owners Angela Avery and Dr. Karl Walbrook bring to this tea service: an emphasis on sourcing product locally, Dr. Karl’s Central London upbringing, and a bit of pageantry. The couple’s first business — Ginger Yums (all-natural ginger juices) — still sells at Atlanta farmers markets, but now is also available at the teahouse, along with a slate of coffee, drinking chocolate, desserts, sandwiches and savories like quiche and tomato pie. You could of course pop in for a DIY afternoon tea any day of the week, but then you’d miss Dr. Karl and Angela presenting their afternoon tea service before the weekend seatings. Only rarely have we experienced hosts addressing all their guests in a formal presentation like this one, introducing themselves, pointing out special elements of the 165-year-old teahouse and sharing some teatime etiquette tips. It is very obvious that Angela and Dr. Karl take pleasure in what they have created, and it is a joy to watch the smiling pair invite their guests to be as fancy as they like while luxuriating over afternoon tea, rightly reminding us, “the conversation is the meal.” They’re being too humble on that point: their afternoon tea tray loaded with soft, dainty and delicious sandwiches, Dr. Karl’s freshly baked scones, and locally made treats is one of our favorites yet.