Destination Tea: Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets

Where:  Chattanooga, Tennessee
Style: Grandma’s parlor
Tea Selection: 6 loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday to Thursday, 10 to 4:30; Friday, 10 to 6
Reservations:  Required
Contact:  423-702-2253
Cost: $37 High Tea; $27.50 Afternoon Tea; $16.50 Creamy Dessert Tea; $16 Petite Tea (ages 12 and under)
Destination Tea Tip: If you reserve the “high tea” for your party, come hungry!

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Tennessee afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Destination Tea Notes: When you come into Chattanooga’s Six Little Teacups, owner Kim VanHoozier says she wants you to feel as if you’re visiting your favorite aunt or grandma for tea. And so in the same way we all look forward to Grandma’s made-from-scratch famous recipes, Kim whips up a tiered tray of homemade treats from her lemon curd to brown butter clotted cream, from pimiento-and-bacon-jam sandwiches to orange madeleines. Little touches that are sometimes overlooked at upscale afternoon teas can be found here: condiment spoons for each scone spread and warm scones wrapped in cloth to stay warm. Though Kim clearly appreciates the charm of vintage china in her table settings and decor, she uses insulated carafes to ensure the tea remains piping hot throughout the meal. Some of Kim’s “little teacups” — the business is named for her six children — work here, and we enjoyed the friendly service, but also that they would dip into the back to allow us to enjoy our conversation. As all the high tea offerings arrived to our table, Angela’s husband commented, “that is a lot of food,” and we’ll add, for a very fair price. All in all, a sweet addition to Chattanooga’s afternoon tea scene!

interior Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Swags of pink fabric frame the tearoom in a frilly border.
low tea setting at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
A variety of seating areas with antiques give afternoon tea guests options from dining tables, to proper low tea settings.
faux fireplace at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
A faux fireplace adds charm and warmth to the space.
tea cart at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Shouldn’t every tearoom have a tea cart?
dress-up princess at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Princess dresses at the ready for the little ones

Tea Selection

herbal blend at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Kim described our tea options, and we went with the two tearoom favorites, first this Blessing herbal blend with coconut, cherry and oranges.
Lafeeca carafe to keep tea hot at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Though it may not blend into the beautiful china table setting, this Lafeeca carafe does its job of keeping the piping hot tea coming.
Italian Wedding Cake by Plum Deluxe at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
With dessert, we spoiled ourselves with this yummy Italian Wedding Cake black tea and green rooibos blend by Plum Deluxe Tea, with coconut pieces, cinnamon chips, orange blossom, safflower and essences of vanilla, pecan, coconut, caramel and walnut. So glad Kim recommended it!

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Chicken creamy noodle at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
The High Tea menu opens with a savory – this one a tasty Creamy Chicken Noodle.
tiered tray at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Each of us is served an individual tiered tray.
savories at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Homemade savories include herb cream cheese and fig preserves with spinach and roast beef rosette crostini, pimiento and bacon jam puff, a pesto and bacon quiche, chicken salad on homemade white bread and egg salad on pumpernickel.
scones and spreads at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Brown butter clotted cream, strawberry preserves and homemade lemon curd are served with warm scones.
scones in a basket at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Two large scones per person means we’ll be taking some home to share.
pastries at high tea at Six Little Teacups Bakery and Sweets in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Housemade desserts include a delectable double-wide vanilla petit four, macaron (whose meringue we found brittle), a Depression-era sugar cream pie, and soft, frosted orange madeleine.
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