Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Tea Room

One of my favorite tea rooms is in the beautiful city of Savannah, GA.  It is always a pleasure to visit “The Tea Room” on Broughton Street.  The decor is inspired by art nouveau artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Decades ago he designed five tea rooms in Glasgow, Scotland.  There is one still in operation today called the Willow Tea Rooms.   

100_1205You can see the Mackintosh influence here in the architectural details, high-back chairs, vintage china and glassware, etc.  There are gorgeous flowers on the tables and orchid blossoms on the three tiered tea trays.  Their chef does an outstanding job on the menu, with many special touches.

100_1213You enter the tea room through a well stocked gift shop.  There is a whole wall of large tea canisters behind the front counter with dozens of loose teas to choose from.

P6021601 I always bring home at least one tin of a new kind of tea to try.


There is a terrific book by Bruce Richardson titled “The Great Tea Rooms of America” and The Tea Room in Savannah is included.  I was fortunate to visit during a photo shoot for his latest edition.

The Richardsons Mr. Richardson and his lovely wife Shelley were very gracious and happy to answer a few questions and pose for a photo.  I’ve always regretted that I was not able to have afternoon tea at their tea room in Kentucky, the Elmwood Inn, before it closed in 2004.  Check out their excellent website here.  The historic building now houses their offices.

I’m accompanying my hubby on a business trip to Savannah in July.  We’ll be staying in the historic district, only a short walk from Broughton Street.  You can bet I’ll be spending a lot of time at The Tea Room, as well as visiting The Gryphon Tea Room on Bull Street and the great historical squares, River Street, many wonderful shops, etc.


Angela McRae said...

I cannot think of The Tea Room without thinking of my favorite tea in the world, Emperor's Bride, which they sell! I love it and have so many happy Savannah memories when I open the package of that tea. Lucky you to be going soon!

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling, what a lovely lovely tearoom. While reading your post, I wished and imagined us sitting at the tea table, taking tea and chatting. This is a dream of mine which I pray and hope it will turn true.

Love & Hugs

Appleshoe said...

What a lovely place to visit. I'll have to get pictures up of The Mad Hatter Tea parlor soon. I hope you have a safe trip. I can't thank you enough for mentioning Teacup Tuesday. All the Teacups are gems, but the Women who blog about them shine far brighter. Take care.

Hootie said...

What a great post! You made me long to head to a tea room right now! I think I need to add that to my list of things to do for this summer. :)

Marilyn said...

Love seeing this tearoom and Bruce and Shelly Richardson. Yes, like the Duchess of Tea, I can picture siting and having tea with you in one of those chairs.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Tomorrow I will be posting about The Tea Room and our visit there recently. Do you mind if I link to your post here?


parTea lady said...

That would be great. I'm looking forward to seeing your post on The Tea Room.

Linda J. said...

We go to Hilton Head Island for a week every summer and visiting The Tea Room in Savannah is one of our favorite things to do when we are in the area.

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