Where: Rome, Georgia Style: Traditional Tea Selection: 4 preselected loose leaf teas, 40+ teas available upon request Teatimes: Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 to 4:30; and private parties of up to 50 guests Reservations: Required Contact: Reserve here or 706-528-4546 Cost: $35 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: In addition to afternoon tea and themed teas, the tearoom offers a Monday luncheon. The tearoom may also be able to accept an afternoon tea reservation outside listed teatimes, call to check.
Destination Tea Notes: This is the kind of tearoom review we love to write. The takeaway is: go here, you will love it. Owner Haley Johnson bought this 100-year-old building on Broad Street in historic Rome over the summer, completely renovating it with the help of her husband and close friend, to create a gorgeous tearoom with all the antique feels, that can seat up to fifty guests. Afternoon tea guests enter into the adjoining, narrower gift shop and tea bar, open week-long for tea drinkers to pop in for a tea or restock their favorite blends. While a full kitchen buildout is underway, the tearoom is currently bringing in their afternoon tea foods from local vendors, and we learned we would be previewing their Regency Tea menu. (The tearoom plans themed tea menus throughout the year).
Beyond the beautiful surroundings, several lovely things pleased us at this afternoon tea. Our hostess, manager Hanna, doted on us and formally presentated the tiered tray and recommended teas. We appreciated the varied flavors in the teas offered (the meal came with 2 hot, 1 iced), which came to the table perfectly steeped and kept warm as needed. And just as we were happily exploring the contents of our tiered tray, manager Esme sat down at the piano to play, beautifully. When owner Haley came over to chat with us, we were taken with her boundless energy and enthusiasm to develop this business. And then this happened.
Angela mentioned to Haley that the china set out on the table was very special to her: she had inherited the same Wedgwood set from her Grandma Freda. Over more than ten years of reviewing afternoon teas, this is the first time this teacup pattern had ever been set out for her. Haley smiled large and shared that, before we arrived, she had swapped out the teaset on the table, wanting to use one of her favorites instead. This “coincidence” is actually a known phenomenon that other tearoom owners have reported over the years in conversation (for example, read the end of this Pennsylvania teahouse post). To Angela, it is a heartwarming blessing, to be reminded of a loved one at the tea table, and it is part of what makes afternoon tea a beautiful tradition — the way it connects us to the past.