Where: Nashville, Tennessee Style: Craftsman bungalow with whimsy Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas by High Garden Teatimes: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 or 1 Reservations: 48-hour notice Contact:Reserve here or 615-942-9125 Cost: $50 Cottage Tea Destination Tea Tip: Leave time to browse four rooms of gifts, from locally made treasures to plants and boutique clothing.
Destination Tea Notes: Fittingly situated in the eastside Nashville neighborhood that calls itself Hip Donelson, Troll House Cottage was launched in 2022 by a creatively gifted father-daughter duo. While chef Victoria Johnston bakes up homemade sweets in the kitchen, interior designer Damon Johnston has transformed the oldest house in the county into a magical woodland cottage. They tell you up front that this afternoon tea service is unconventional, dubbing the menu a “Cottage Tea” that swaps out the customary scone course for traditional Southern biscuits. This isn’t the time to be set in your afternoon tea ways, but rather to appreciate the emphasis on freshly made, locally sourced goodies and playful, yummy treats. Of the cottage’s five rooms, just two have bistro tables tucked amongst the artfully displayed handmade gifts and vintage finds, but there’s no need to worry about securing a teatime. This summer, Troll House Cottage extended their original Sunday tea service to four additional days a week.