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One Steep at a Thyme

170 Gatzmer Avenue | Jamesburg, NJ
732-641-2570 | Email | Website | Hours
New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Jersey Choice Awards Best Restaurants 2014...We offer a full service Afternoon Tea on Saturdays and Sundays exclusively. Guests will enjoy a complete 7-course tea service during the 2-hours we will share as you relax and experience our gracious Victorian home. Seatings are by Reservation Only which ensures your time with us is our primary focus.
We look forward to you spending time with us and trusting all your tea service needs will be met as we host your special event. Whether it is an intimate gathering with a close friend or a celebration milestone event with a group, the smallest details of your tea experience is important to us.

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A group of five of us went to the Candlelight Tea. It was wonderful. The tea, the food and the service were awesome. The place was decorated so beautiful and the intimate surroundings made for a wonderful experience.

- Carol Maselli Dec 19th '14

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My sister, daughter and I just returned from having afternoon tea at this beautiful Victorian home and tearoom. I have nothing but GREAT things to say. The food and service were excellent. Everyone is friendly and so accommodating. I would highly recommend this place for a wonderful relaxing tea experience. I am looking forward to going back in the near future.

- Dawn Nappi Nov 15th '14

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Love, love, love this place. They are really professional and personable. The tea selection is plentiful but just going off the menu of the day suits just fine. Took my daughter there for her 18th birthday and went by myself for a spa/me day. They even gave me a ginger ale Spitzer in a champagne glass to add to my day, nice touch,. Absolutely coming back.

- Kimberly Donaldson Sep 25th '14

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Dear Kimberly...so glad you enjoyed your spa/me day which included sharing your afternoon with us at the Tearoom! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kathy
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This was my first visit to a tea room. I brought my mom to celebrate her birthday. Kathy was so welcoming, warm and friendly. We never felt rushed and the staff was so attentive. I look forward to coming back again soon. The food was wonderfully prepared and served...Every course was delicious. Thank you Kathy for making my mother's birthday a memorable one.

- Susan Sep 7th '14

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Dear Susan...so glad that we could add to the memories of celebrating your mother's birthday! It was our absolute pleasure and I sincerely appreciate the compliments...they mean a lot to us all! Kindest Regards, Kathy
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At the Jamesburg soup competition, we sampled the best French Onion soup we'd ever had. We've been going to One Steep at a Thyme for a full year now, usually once a month and the quality never wavers. Two full pages of available teas, food that is so good you wish she sold it in bulk (the house salad dressing and cranberry chicken salad are particularly delicious), and scones that are always delicately delicious.

The house is beautiful. There's an old hammered tin ceiling in one of the rooms that is really captivating. The love and attention that went into this tearoom is remarkable. Kathy always comes by the table and the servers are always knowledgeable and engaging.

We highly recommend this place!

- Zabby & Max Aug 10th '14

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Dear Zabby and Max, always a pleasure welcoming you and your family regularly to the tearoom. You are both always so complimentary...inspiring and gracious. Thank you so much! Kathy
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My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I had Mothers Day Tea at the teahouse and what a pleasurable experience we had. This is a taste experience as one flavor builds upon another until the ultimate finish. The staff is very pleasant and our server Michele was outstanding, knowledgeable and informative guiding our selection of tea. Thank you all for a very cherished memory.

- Alwina Gustin May 18th '14

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Dear Alwina, thank you for joining us on Mother's Day! What a nice surprise for you and so glad to share in making cherished memories! Kathy
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My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I had Mothers Day Tea at the teahouse and what a pleasurable experience we had. This is a taste experience as one flavor builds upon another until the ultimate finish. The staff is very pleasant and our server Michele was outstanding, knowledgeable and informative guiding our selection of tea. Thank you all for a very cherished memory.

- Alwina Gustin May 18th '14

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Twice as nice!!! Thank you so much! Kathy
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I have visited One Steep at a Thyme twice and both times have exceeded my expectations. There is such a welcoming feeling once you enter the door. The service, the food the teas are all wonderful. This is the perfect place to have an intimate celebration with fiends or just your special someone.

- Patti Gaetano May 8th '14

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I hosteed a private function at One Steep at a Thyme for a co-worker and what a wonderful experience we all had. From the moment we walked in the door we were greated by 3 wonderful women....Kathy the owner, Alwina, and K.C. All three went above and beyond to meet our needs for the evening. The food was delish and the scones are to die for!!!! Thank you again for a wonderful night had by all. I couldnt think of a better place to have a function.

- Michele R May 8th '14

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My daughter Kim and I spent a very delightful afternoon at One Steep At A Time.The surroundings were a quiet time of the past.The variety of teas served was absolutly over the top.The tastings,the service offered by the establishment was 5 stars.

- Renee Trachtenberg Apr 14th '14

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Dear Renee...thanks so much for sharing your experience with Kim...just lovely to have time with your daughter! Looking forward to future visits! Kindest Regards, Kathy
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Upon entering a lively little town in it's own right is Jamesburg, New Jersey where a turn if the century house rests. Thus us a place where you can sit a spell and relax.

Nestled in this house is a wonderful tea room by the name if 'One Steep at a Thyme', which truly lives up to the name.
Here in about a 2 hour session filled with a 7 course menu of miniature scones, sandwhichs, soups & deserts you can relax and unwind.

There are over 50 or so of the most delicious teas along in various categories.

My mother and I were so impressed to learn of such a place. It's almost as if a piece of time was brought to you, when times were simpler and people did not rush.

The myriad of food was so delectible as well as eye appealing. It is definitely filling an... (more)

- Kim Trachtenberg Apr 14th '14

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Kim,
It was our pleasure to have you and your mother as our guests...so glad you enjoyed everything! My wishes for the best Strada left to your imagination. It was my pleasure! Cannot wait for the pictures! Until next time...Kathy
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I found this establishment to be warm, welcoming, and cozy. From the range of teas offered, to the artistry of food preparation, to the aesthetic value of the Victorian home, there is something for everyone to love here. You do not have to be a seasoned tea aficionado to enjoy the teas here, and the staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable. The home is breathtaking and the design is elegantly Victorian and at the same time country chic. It does not feel so stuffy or busy in any way. I highly recommend this teahouse to anyone who wants to learn more about the art of tea, be basked in the Victorian Era, or to just relax and have a cup extraordinary tea. This is a hidden gem in the middle of Jamesburg and must see for everyone!=-)

- Katelyn Surina Feb 15th '14

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Dear Katelyn...so glad you joined us for Afternoon Tea! Our goal is to make sure our home is welcoming, our teas steeped perfectly and the atmosphere...elegant! Thank you!
Kathy
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WOW! Deserving of the Best of the Best Award! My group started out large and shrunk, and straggled in, as a very bad weather traveling day created havoc with our reservation time. Kathy and her staff handled the ragged arrival with aplomb. Tea pots were constantly refilled, food was plentiful, and piping hot. Several last minute dietary concerns were very promptly and cheerfully addressed.The carmel butterscotch scones were heavenly! The French onion soup and the salad drew raves as well. Sandwiches were a nice variety (several hot sandwiches) and the desserts quite rich. Just when you think you can't eat another bite, out pops Kathy with mini martini glasses full or sorbet!

- Patt Ferrari Feb 6th '14

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Dear Pat,
Old Man Winter was our constant Guest this February...so glad we could make your visit special and keeping with your groups tradition...just changing up the location! We look forward to welcoming you back!
Kathy
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Enjoyed tea with great friends, food and service. Loved the corn chowder, scones and endless list of teas.

- LD Feb 4th '14

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Thanks for joing us for Afternoon Tea...our Kick'n Corn Chowder is a favorite! So glad you enjoyed your visit!
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Have been wanting to do an afternoon tea forever! Saw this one online and decided to try it as it was closest. So glad I did!
The food was well presented and quite delicious. The tea selection was extensive. The hostess was wonderful and welcoming, and did a great job explaining everything. The decor is quaint and relaxing. Took my mom & husband for the afternoon and left quite satisfied. Will definitely be coming back!!!

- terri Jan 26th '14

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Terri...so glad you chose our tearoom for your Afternoon Tea...and look forward to you joining us again...real soon! Kathy
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Excellent place. It was better than I expected it to be. The staff and owner we very friendly.mthey connected with the guests.

- TAP_211 Jan 26th '14

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When we can exceed our customer's expectations...its a great day! Thank you!
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We travelled from PA to enjoy Afternoon Tea here. What a memorable and delightful experience! There was a plentitude of sweets and savories served with the various courses, a sweet cheerfulness to accommodate our group, and a wide variety of flavorful teas. Thank you, Kathy!

- TakingTeaWithNancy Jan 25th '14

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Nancy...it was a pleasure meeting your family and so glad you joined us in the tearoom. Your blog entry was so thoughtful and reflective of your visit...thanks so much! Kathy
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What a great experience! I have been to the Tea room twice- once with my sister and recently with a group of friends .Loved the scones and cucumber sandwiches. Both times The service was excellent, and food outstanding. Hats off to Kathy- would definitely recommend!

- Karen Jan 25th '14

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Karen...so glad that you and your sister enjoyed your visit. It was great to have you back with your friends...and look forward to future visits!
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I had a delightful afternoon tea with a friend for her birthday. Kathy and her staff are gracious and attentive. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Atmosphere and decor are lovely. Look forward to visiting again.

- Katie Dec 1st '13

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Katie...thanks for celebrating with us...glad we made it special...thanks! Kathy
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My 2 friends and I wanted to try a new tearoom and found this one online. It was a great choice. Kathy and her staff were so hospitable. The food and presentation was wonderful and delicious. I am looking forward to go again real soon with family and friends.

- Pat Nov 27th '13

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Pat...so glad you enjoyed everything...we look forward to welcoming you back with family and friends!
Kathy
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My husband and I enjoy visiting tea rooms (including other states and countries). I'm so glad that I happened to check tea map for any new tea rooms and found One Steep at a Thyme. They say a first impression is a lasting one, well needless to say I just knew we were going to enjoy our Afternoon Tea the minute we walked into One Steep at a Thyme.
Perfect...the only way to describe One Steep at a Thyme Tea Room. The owner Kathy has done such a wonderful job that I don't think there's anything she could even improve on. The teas, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and presentation can only be described as excellent. I have a habit of taking the business cards from Tea Rooms that I would recommend to others who would enjoy a Tea Room experience and I can assure you that when I left, I had a handful of cards. This was the first of many future visits.


- Dick & Mary W. Nov 25th '13

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Dick and Mary...so glad you found us! Truly enjoy your visits and it has been our pleasure to welcome you back. We'll keep the silver sparkling...until next time...thanks, Kathy
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Having enjoyed High Tea/Afternoon Tea in many other tearooms near and far, this one now ranks #1 on my list. Starting with the warm welcome, the lemon-scented hand towels, a menu of over 50 teas, with food lovingly and deliciously prepared by Kathy, you will love the attention to detail throughout. This is truly a delightful experience not to be missed. There's no doubt you will want to return again and again...that's what I plan to do!

- Stephanie Carr Oct 12th '13

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Stephanie...don't know what we would do without our customers! You are each a tribute to the very core of what I strive for each day...thank you for your support...Kathy
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The whole experience was exquisite! The list of teas was extensive, the food was beautifully presented and delicious, and the service excellent. I cannot wait to visit again!

- Pat Evans Oct 1st '13

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Pat...thank you for joining us! It was our pleasure to welcome you and your guests to the tearoom. Kathy
PS Picture to be posted soon!!!
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I have been to Serenity twice. The first time I was invited by Ali. The experience was such a delight. I enjoyed myself so much I wanted an afternoon tea for my book group. Kathy was easy to work with, always calm and professional even when circumstances changed at the last minute. Kathy went out of her way to help me relax and enjoy the event. Thanks to Kathy and staff this was the easiest event i have ever planned. The food, tea and service were top notch. I felt like the Lords and Lady of the manor. I encourage anyone looking for a venue for a gathering to consider Serenity at the top of your list. Thank you Serenity for a wonderful afternoon.

- Lynn Sep 29th '13

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Lynn...it has been my pleasure to welcome you back to the tearoom and so glad we made your event memorable! Kathy
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From the time my daughter and I stepped on the front porch, decorated beautifully in wicker, I just knew we were going to have a wonderful experience, and I was so right! Kathy and her staff were so welcoming from the time we entered this lovely Victorian home and they couldn't have been more gracious!
As we perused the menu, we saw that we had several options for many of the seven courses. I have been to many tea rooms from New Jersey to Florida, and have never been given all of those options. From the hot towels upon your arrival, to the teapot shaped crouton served with our salad, no detail had been left out of the wonderful tea experience! All of the food was delicious! It was my birthday and Kathy had even prepared one of the desserts in a teacup with a birthday candle on top and they sang to me! As soon as I got home, I immediately got on the phone to friends to start planning our next visit! I can't wait!! I have to thank my daughter for finding this truly special tea room!

- Linda P. Aug 31st '13

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Linda...looking forward to welcoming you back and so glad that you enjoyed your Birthday celebration with us....Kathy
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I recently hosted a Bridal Shower for my daughter and it was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Kathy is lovely to work with and very accommodating to special requests. The Victorian setting is beautiful; the food is delicious and artfully displayed. The staff was very welcoming and went 'above and beyond' with last minute details, such as creatively displaying a favor basket and preparing a specialty cocktail. This is the perfect venue for an intimate private celebration or just treat yourself and a guest to an elegant afternoon tea!

- Judi Aug 19th '13

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Thank you for trusting your daughter's Bridal Shower to my Tearoom! We thoroughly enjoyed all of your guests and so glad we made this a memorable event! All the best with the upcoming wedding! Congratulations!

Kathy
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We went for the Sunday Noon Tea Service.
It was quiet, quaint, and just such a nice atmosphere. Service and food were exceptional.

- Genevieve Aug 12th '13

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Genevieve,
Thank you! It was our pleasure to have you for Afternoon Tea and look forward to hosting themed events this fall!
Kathy
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I have been to several tearooms in New Jersey (including two out of the top three ranked) and this cute little tearoom far surpasses all in the tea service, quality of the food, and cheerful attitude of the staff. The owner, Kathy, is cheerful and attentive. She takes care to make sure that all her guests are comfortable and adds little touches to the service ( like warm hand towels) that make all the difference. She is also very accommodating- I am a vegetarian and my mother is restricted to a gluten free diet, yet both times we have gone she has been able to whip up delightful cuisine that satisfies both of our needs. We were so impressed the first time we went that we decided to host my grandmother's 80th birthday here. About 15 people attended, and again Kathy and her staff impressed. The staff was so pleasant and accommodating for the whole party, which is often difficult for large groups. Overall, this is one of the best tea rooms I have been to and I plan on coming back regularly.

- Jen Jul 26th '13

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Jen,
Thank you for your very heartfelt feedback. We were honored to be part of your family's celebration of your Grandmother's 80th Birthday!
Kathy
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We celebrated my mother-in-law's 80th birthday here with all of the women and girls in the family. We had our own separate room that was charmingly decorated. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. I would absolutely recommend this tea house.

- Charlene Jul 14th '13

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Charlene,
What a wonderful way to celebrate your mother-in-laws 80th, surrounded by generations of women/girls. It was our pleasure!
Kathy
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I did not know such delightful places existed right on my doorstep! Kathy was a perfect hostess, chatting with us and providing plenty of background on the almost overwhelming assortment of teas. The atmosphere was cozy and felt just as if we were taking tea in a friend's parlor. Besides the array of teas and the delightful menu that came along with it, the presentation was first-rate. Everything was carefully thought-out, down to the dainty preserve-trays and tea-pot-shaped toasts. Kathy and her team provided a wonderful tea experience and were very gracious. I will definitely be recommending this tearoom to friends, and returning myself!

- Serenity Jul 13th '13

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Serenity,
We are so glad you enjoyed your Afternoon Tea with us! It was our pleasure and look forward to welcoming you back!
Kathy
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I have had the opportunity to enjoy tea service in many different locations, and One Steep at a Thyme rates at the top of my list in every conceivable category.

The quality and variety of both the teas and the food were first rate. The attention to the myriad little details were astonishing. But, as is always the case, the personal care and attention provided to each and everyone of us in our party of seven, by out hostess Cathy and her team, was the true source of our enjoyment.

We will be back!!!

- Stephen Siegel Jul 1st '13

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Stephen,
As a New Tearoom Owner, I sincerely appreciate your feedback! I take personal pride in ensuring that we make extraordinary efforts in the finest of details to insure that our Afternoon Tea experience exceeds our customers’ expectations! It was our pleasure and look forward to future teas.
Kathy
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This could not have been a better experience. We had a group of seven and we all felt special and the food and service was superb

- Ali H Jul 1st '13

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Ali, thank you for coordinating the Afternoon Tea. It was our absolute pleasure to bring together the tearoom experience for your guests!
Kathy
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What a Wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Our hosts made us feel very comfortable. The food was excellent. The home was beautiful.. A++++++

- Catherine S Jul 1st '13

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Catherine, thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed Afternoon Tea with us! We love opening our home and welcome the ability to share the ambiance with you!
Kathy
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I have not spent as warm and welcoming an afternoon in quite awhile as I did at this lovely tearoom. Kathy started off our experience with a warm, lemon hand towelette and the next 2 hours flew. Seven courses of the most delicious, homemade, delectable courses followed, each presented in a loving and creative way. I look forward to enjoying another relaxing afternoon at this jewel in Jamesburg. Pinkies Up!

Joan, Helen and Debbie

- Joan Jun 29th '13

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Helen, Joan & Debbie...Thank you for sharing your tea journeys…very extensive...I am so impressed! I can only hope my tearoom journal compares! Looking to welcoming you back in September!
Kathy
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Absolutely outstanding setting, food,and service. I frequent these types of establishments and have not had a better experience. Highly recommend the place.

- Christina Jun 24th '13

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Christina, thank you and we appreciate your recommendations! It was our pleasure to have you join us for Afternoon Tea!
Kathy
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My sister and I just visited this tearoom for the first. We have been to tearooms in New Jersey and this one is ranking #1 with us right now. The tea choices were different and unusual. Perfect for a tea lover wanting to try them all! The seven course service was filled with many tastes which is also a great change from just typical tea sandwiches. The decor was so beautiful you felt like home. Kathy and Michelle are very personable and their service is excellent. I look forward to visiting again and enjoying seasonal tastes, decor and hospitality!

- Audra L Jun 22nd '13

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Audra, as a new tearoom owner, I sincerely appreciate the feedback on your experience. We are so glad you chose to spend Afternoon Tea with your sister at our tearoom. Thank you, Kathy
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I went with my mother and 5 year old daughter. They catered to my daughter wonderfully. The food was outstanding, and the service amazing. And the owner, who served us, was charming. I can't wait to return.

- Michele G Jun 10th '13

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Michele, thank you for joining us for Afternoon Tea and again this weekend for our 'Soup & Scones Weekend'! Kathy
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Absolutely delicious experience. Cozy, charming atmosphere. Lovely selection of teas. Presentation of the food is only rivaled by how good it all tastes. I give it 5 stars and recommend highly. Looking forward to my next visit!

- Leslie Ball May 26th '13

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Leslie, thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back!
Kathy
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I took my mom here for Mother's day and she loved it! We have been to other tea places before in NJ but the staff and menu made the experience one to remember. The price is a good deal for all the food that you get. We will definitely be back.

- MS May 13th '13

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Mother's Day was our first...of many...special event teas! Thank you for trusting your Mother's Day celebration to us! Kathy


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