Where: Monroe, Georgia
Tea Selection: 18+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Saturday, 10 to 4
Reservations: Reservations required, but if there is availability, walk-ins are also welcome
Contact: Reserve here or 470-965-9015
Cost: $45 Themed Teas; $29.95 Traditional Afternoon Tea; $18.95 Tea and Sweets; $16.95 Prince or Princess Tea; $14.95 Devonshire Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Look for parking in the lot behind the cottage, or municipal lots nearby. Because this teahouse is currently only open on Saturdays, be sure to book your teatime well in advance. Check their website for special event and seasonal menus on offer.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia Afternoon Tea Directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: One of our reviewers put it best, “God bless Mom, she knows how to cook.” That pretty much lets you know what to expect when you visit Monroe’s new tea cottage. After a major renovation of her building, which formerly housed a pet grooming business, Vicki Grafe opened Tea-Time at the Cottage late last year in downtown Monroe. She tells us that she had the idea to open a tearoom after years of cooking for church functions, “I do this to bless people. It’s a ministry.” For her charming tearoom that seats about twenty, Vicki prepares creative afternoon tea menus from scratch, while the rest of the Grafe family handles dishes and table service. Teas are properly steeped and decanted before coming to the table, and every bite of food is delectable. When we comment on her reasonable pricing for a satisfying afternoon tea (which includes a soup and salad), Vicki explains, “People pay good money for afternoon tea. Don’t just give them bread — fill it.” One of our favorite aspects of this afternoon tea is that you can enjoy each and every course without being overstuffed because they are portioned perfectly. Our thanks to Vicki and the Grafe family for a lovely Saturday tea – we highly recommend a visit.