Where: Ellerslie, Georgia
Style: 19th-century country farmhouse
Tea Selection: 2 hot loose leaf teas by Piper & Leaf, 1 cold tea punch
Teatimes: Christmas Tea and Spring Tea
Reservations: Advance ticket purchase required (seats sell out quickly)
Contact: 706-561-3435 or here
Cost: $35 Christmas/Spring Tea
Destination Tea Tip: The Farm House has a gift shop you’ll likely want to peruse, where the teas and scones served in the restaurant are for sale.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia Afternoon Tea Directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: The Farm House is only new to us at Destination Tea, because to our chagrin, our initial afternoon tea directory research did not turn up this South Georgia restaurant. In truth, owner Beckie McKenzie is too gracious to brag, but her place has been lauded in the press several times over, for its home-cooked southern comfort food, served on weekends for 4 decades now. As avid scrapbookers, we loved learning from Beckie that she started The Farm House as a weekend craft shop in 1981, and when her mother said she’d like to do some cooking in the kitchen, the restaurant opened with two tables. It didn’t take long before they needed to put on an addition, which is still today the main dining area, the front rooms becoming the gift shop. Keeping the cooking in the family, Beckie’s niece Olivia Rose is now head chef, ushering in a new generation of seasonal events like photo shoots at the farm, painting classes and harvest dinners in the woods. Though it’s a 2-hour trip from Atlanta, our crew left the Christmas Tea talking about returning for the Spring Tea, which is served in the farm’s huge open-air barn. Fair warning, tickets go on sale for these teas months in advance, and sell out almost immediately. Once you see what it feels like to take tea here, you’ll know why. We hope all our tea friends attended at least one memorable Christmas Tea this season, and if not, well, sounds to us like the perfect New Year’s Resolution. Merry Country Christmas from Destination Tea, wishing you all a healthy, happy holiday with loved ones.