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Pickwick Society Tearoom Gifts & Antiques

122 W. Kansas Street
Frankfort, IL
815-806-8140
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Hours

Sun 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Mon closed
Tue closed
Wed 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thu 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm

Overview

Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our cottage style tearoom located in the building housing the first hotel in Frankfort built in 1855. With a theme based on the novel Little Women each menu item is named for and designed in the spirit of the characters. Try our scone of the day with a different flavor scone each day. Our soon-to-be-famous quiche is a big favorite as are our muffins and other sweets.

Seating is available outside in better weather in front on our vintage tables. Call for reservations.

Check our website for events and specials.

Look on-line for our sixth season of Timely Teas, a series of six themed tea events to entertain and enlighten our guest with teas from different periods in time.

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Calm and peaceful place to enjoy tea with dear friends. The tea is always really enjoyable.

- Baylee 07/25/14

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The Pickwick Society Tea Room is a great place to have a nice pot of tea. The service is fantastic and the selection of tea is great! I try to go to the tea room atleast once a week.

- Tim Larkin 07/25/14

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A friend and I had a very pleasant and relaxing afternoon tea yesterday at the Pickwick Society. The presentation was wonderful and the tea and food delicious.It was an experience I would recommend to everyone!

- Pat 07/19/14

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There were 8 of us who visited The Pickwick Society last Sat. I called the day before and they were most accommodating. My friends said, 'We
should do this more often.' It was a beautiful day and a lovely tea party!

- Debbie Maggio 06/21/14

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I loved the Pickwick Society. There were many different teas to choose from, but I chose the wild raspberry black tea. I ordered the 5 cheese quiche and it really lived up to its name. The shop was really cute and quaint.

- Olivia Wantuck 04/26/14

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Love the Pckwick Society. Such a charming tea shop. Food is excellent; tea variety and quality is superb. High tea is an event to be cherished.

- Sharon 04/03/14

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I've been to Pickwick twice in the past two months, and both times were superb. The first time was for a baby shower, and they served each guest a pot of tea along with scones, cream, preserves, finger sandwiches, and finger desserts. Everything was excellent. The second time was for lunch. I ordered their full-size egg sandwich off of the menu along with a pot of tea, a scone, cream, and preserves. Everything was consistently great the second time around as well. I plan to make having lunch at Pickwick a regular event. So far, my top tea choice is their organic French Breakfast tea, which is incredibly smooth and flavorful. However, they have many other options that I look forward to having.

- Laura 03/28/14

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This is a lovely place for a relaxing lunch! The room is quaintly decorated, the staff was cheerful and very helpful, and the food was delicious! We'll be back again & again!

- Cathy D 03/28/14

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Fantastic place to visit and have tea with a few girlfriends or grab a light lunch. Beautiful store, and almost everything in the store is available for purchase (decorations, paintings, etc). We hosted my sister-in-law's bridal shower here in Summer 2012 and it was perfect for a quaint, parisian themed party. You must check out this tearoom!

- Jennifer 03/20/14

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The atmosphere, servers and food made my experience at Pickwick a time to remember. I'm an avid reader of romance novels featuring tea etiquette and the essence of the tea and I must say that the this experience was even better than what I've read about. I loved everything about it and I would highly recommend it for a relaxing time with good friends. Cant wait to go back

- Margaret Clark 03/11/14

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My girlfriend had always wanted a tea party. Pickwick made her wishes come true. We both really loved the experience!

- Vickie Davis 03/07/14

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We had my daughters baby shower here and it was an outstanding event! We had 39 people and everything went perfectly! All of our guests loved the atmosphere and the food. I would highly recommend this place.

- Debbie Bohne 02/27/14

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We just went for our first visit on a wintery day, and absolutely loved the warm cheerfulness inside.
The food was delicious, and the shop adorable. Enjoyed our mint julip tea. Will definitely come back.

- Sharon and Veronica 01/06/14

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Our server was Dawn and she couldn't have been more lovely and cheerful. Her presentation of the wide varieties of tea was interesting and enlightening. She told me facts I never knew about tea. I brought my two oldest and dearest girlfriends and they enjoyed everything as well as I did. I plan on bringing my husband so he can enjoy the experience as well. Plus, I want to look into reserving tickets for their special event teas coming up in 2014. I am especially interested in the Jackie Kennedy and Mark Twain teas. I highly recommend Pickwick if you're looking for a relaxing dining experience with old fashion charm. 🎄 Happy Holidays tea lovers ⛄️

- Deb S. From Beecher 12/18/13

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I enjoyed my tea as well as the always fresh scones! My server, Liam, was wonderfully cheerful and refilled my tea as soon as it was close to being empty. Overall, this was a wonderful experience!

- Jared 11/27/13

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I enjoyed my tea as well as the always fresh scones! My server, Liam, was wonderfully cheerful and refilled my tea as soon as it was close to being empty. Overall, this was a wonderful experience!

- Jared 11/27/13

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The tea room is my escape from my home office and the perfect pick me up in any weather/season. The staff values hospitality and is knowledgeable about their huge variety of tea (green, white, black, rooibos in too many flavors to list). Hannah's fresh baked delights continue to impress with appearance and taste, especially her mini-cupcakes and seasonally-inspired treats. And owner Cindy's hard work has paid off in being recognized as the Outstanding Destination for the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2013. I highly recommend this charming tea room.

- Rachel 11/16/13

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I get to Pickwick about once a month with friends and though I am a tea drinker, I decided to try a cup of coffee with my Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffin. Talk about delicious! The staff is always warm, attentive and friendly. I recommend making a day of it by enjoying the tearoom then shop all of the quaint shops up and down the street. My friends and I love it there!

- Laura 11/14/13

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Have had the pleasure to experience the tea room on many occasions. A great experience with a well informed, cheerful staff.

- Mary 11/14/13

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Cindy and her staff are always friendly! I have been to Pickwick quite a bit and I have never had a bad experience. The food and desserts always taste fresh. I will continue to recommend my family and friends to Pickwick.

- Alexandra 11/14/13

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I also am a loyal customer of the Pickwick. I have never had anyone be rude there. I love the food and ambiance and most especially the service. I am so sorry that someone had a bad experience, because this place is awesome. I come here with my girlfriend at least every two weeks and we love it.

- Cory Banting 11/14/13

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Amy Ploog I work at the Pickwick and just became aware of what happened to you. I'm very sorry and have let the owner know about the situation. I'm sure she will be contacting you shortly.

- Nancy S. 11/13/13

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Even better. Contacted the owner via e-mail and 4 days later still no response. Highly unprofessional.

- Amy Ploog 11/13/13

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We have been loyal customers for the last 9 years. We have had catering from them for private parties, numerous full teas, And have referred a number of people there. Not anymore. Just went there with my 3 year old daughter and was turned away by the rudest woman ever. She said she was having a private party until noon. Nothing on their website says anything about not being open to the public due to private party. So now I have driven 45 minutes to have this woman reduce my daughter to tears. Sorry Pickwick your loss. The door should have been locked, something should have been posted, and the owner definitely should not have allowed a guest to be so rude!

- Amy Ploog 11/09/13

Tearoom Response
Sorry for this unfortunate exchange but, I cannot control what a customer says to another customer. As it was a private event, she was within her rights to only allow her guests into the tearoom. If you had called ahead, you would have been told about the private memorial tea we were honored to host.
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We celebrated my Aunt's 89 birthday on October 23 at the Pickwick Society Tea Room in Frankfort, Il. We have been there several times for different occasions and love the tea, food selection, atmosphere, and the friendly service. I live near IA. in northern Illinois and make the trip over whenever an occasion is planned. We will go back again!!!

- LuAnne 10/26/13

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Really is the best tea room in Illinois.

- Sandra 10/26/13

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We had such a wonderful experience. I was so surprised at how wonderful it was. My daughter went on and on about how she got to pour her own personal teapot. I love the white peach ginger tea. Delicious!

- Sarah 09/19/13

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A wonderful friend treated me to a full tea at the Pickwick Society Tearoom on August 1, 2013. It was delicious! The food was mouthwatering and the variety was amazing! The service was excellent! I can't wait to go back again! Piano Pam

- Pam 08/06/13

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We loved our experience here. The tea was excellent as was the food. We especially loved each of the desserts we tried. The staff was very friendly, we'll definitely be back.

- Tonya 05/20/13

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There was many kinds of tea. Iced or hot. We tried 3 different kinds & they were all fantastic. The food was also amazing we had many different kinds of sandwiches that were very good! Also, we had little desserts that were delicious! Not only was the food and tea great but the experience was fun and relaxing. I really enjoyed my time and it was definitely for all ages! I hope you enjoy!!

- Maggie 05/19/13

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I invitedAnn to this place--a first for us both--for an April birthday celebration. We enjoyed the whole theme, friendliness of the staff and the other guests,the 'tea' (meal) that we ordered, the recommended tea, and the ease of getting there from NW Cook County. We both know friends to bring here in cming days.

- Joan 05/02/13

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Hosted my daughter's bridal shower at the Pickwick Society Tea Room today. It was wonderful - perfect setting - a unique experience. Friendly staff - lovely tea - delicious sandwiches.

- Ellen 4/7/2013 04/07/13

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The Pickwick Society was a great experience. The staff was extremely friendly, and the food was delicious!

- Jill 04/04/13

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THE BEST! The Pickwick Tea Society is a great experience. The scones, muffins, 'Little Women' theme offerings, and the great variety of teas are all top drawer! The menu groups the teas by variety and the servers are very knowledgeable about the offerings. After exploring the shops around the Village Green in Frankfort, the Pickwick is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great cup of tea! Went with my granddaughter and the children's menu was perfect. Her tea was served with a small tea pot and beautiful one-of-a-kind tea cup & saucer. The tearoom also has lots of unusual gift items which we enjoyed looking at after our tea. A GREAT EXPERIENCE,

- Pat 03/16/13

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We have been going to Pickwick Society Tearoom for years. We have introduced many friends to the Tearoom as well. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with attentive service (but not hovering-as another reviewer pointed out). It has an extensive tea menu which changes with the season, so there is always something new to try. The food is all made at the Tearoom and is delicious. As other reviewers have pointed out the staff is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions as well as children's varied requests. It is a lovely place to have a party or a shower or just to relax & catch up with friends.

- Alicia 03/14/13

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I love this place! One of the greatest places to meet for brunch or liunch. Wonderful selection of teas and deliciously prepared foods. The staff is attentive , but not hovering! Check out the gift selection in the back room!

- Winnie 03/05/13

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Wonderful afternoon tea. I'll definitely be returning.

- Debbie 03/04/13

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The staff was very accommodating for our group of 5 adults and baby in a stroller. We had a variety of menu items, all very tasty. The owner is an old friend we had not seen in years and she took time to visit without neglecting other customers. The atmosphere is very cozy and inviting. Next time I'm in town I will be sure and have tea there again.

- Tina 02/25/13

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My second time to Pickwick and well worth the hour drive from Valparaiso, IN. 4 girls out for full tea and it was wonderful. The scones were flaky and delicious, the sandwiches fresh and flavorful, and the desserts...incredible. I would recommend this to anyone who loves afternoon tea or who just wants an afternoon of relaxing fun. I have been to over 20 tea shoppes in the US and abroad and would rate this as second only to a 5 star hotel in Geneva Switzerland. Try it!

- Melissa 02/09/13

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I visited The Pickwick Society last Saturday with three of my friends and enjoyed Marmees full tea. The tea I had was their holiday tea and was delicious. The food was excellent and there was a good variety to pick from. We enjoyed it so much and will return in the future!

- Carol Smith 02/08/13

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This place is so cute that we decided to have a baby shower there! Everyone that came absolutely loved the atmosphere and said they would go back! I ended up have the Iced Raspberry Tea and it was very good! We had scones and quiche...both were excellent!!! Would definitely recommend:)

- Katie 01/21/13

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My daughter and I had a baby shower at The Pickwick Society last week. I have to say a GREAT time was had by all.
The tables were set with fancy Tea cups and saucers and cloth table cloths.The food was made in the back room so the whole store smelled so YUMMY and tasted so good. The store is filled with so many pretty things to look at and purchase.The staff was friendly .It was a great Time.

- m k 01/18/13

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Just enjoyed their special Christmas tea. The food was delicious and Cindy's always happy to share recipes!! The staff is lovely and very kind. We love this place for a relaxing afternoon!!

- therese 12/06/12

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I have been to many afternoon teas in Illinois and other states. This tea was one of my favorites. We had the 'afternoon tea' for $17. It included a nice variety of fresh fruit, 6 tea sandwiches each, 5 desserts each and a pot of tea each. I found the price to be lower than many other teas with the same quantity. We ate the tea as 'lunch' and could not even finish the desserts. The owner greeted us and brought over 43 varieties of tea. She had glass containers of each tea so that we could see and smell each variety. Her knowledge of the tea surpassed that of any tea I have ever had. My tea was brewed well, though I do have to agree with one previous comment: we were seated by the front window and it was not warm in there! We kept layers on the entire time, and the temperature did... (more)

- Nancy 11/30/12

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I love, love, love this tea room! I'm a loyal customer who has just recently started coming to the 'timely teas' offered about 6 times a year. They are super informative and oh so fun! The Christmas tea 'White Christmas' was awesome. The food was superb. Can't wait to visit again.

- Terry Mestas 11/26/12

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I have been coming to this tea room for years. I cannot get over how consistantly good it is. I saw one person said something about sugar cubes. I don't miss them. I KNOW they make all their own savories and desserts. Nothing is 'store bought'. I am a huge fan of the ham salad they make for some special events (I have been at a few) and the scones and their homemade lemon curd. Such a special place where I always feel at home.

- Karen Summers 11/25/12

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I have patronized this tea room since its inception. It is great. Having read all of the reviews below I see that a few people have had unpleasant experiences. If you can enter the date and time of day and/or contact the owner I'm sure she would appreciate the information!

- Hugh 11/21/12

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Hosted an event for my Mom. Most of the attendees are not tea drinkers. But the owner came out, explained the variety of tea and how much caffeine in the tea. Which was perfect since my Grandma cannot have caffeine. And those who know tea were impressed with the selection. The food was great, enjoyed by all, they even accommodated the youngest tea member by giving her PB&J with her tea. And accommodated the oldest tea member by giving her a pumpkin bar instead of the brownie dessert selection. The room itself is comfortable and cozy. The service was efficient, and had a cheerful patient waitstaff.

- Mary 11/11/12

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I absolutely love this tearoom! The service is always wonderful and the food is always excellent. They do all their own baking and the variety is always exceptional. I also love that they are not a conventional tearoom. They are cozy and inviting. You can walk in wearing jeans and a tea shirt or a dress and hat and will not feel out of place. I recommend it to everyone and it is definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

- Nora 11/04/12

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We hosted a baby shower at the Pickwick Tearoom and it was lovely. There were so many different teas, it was hard to choose one. I enjoyed tasting teas that friends had chosen. The food was delicious, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was charming. It was a delightful afternoon!

- Lynette 11/01/12

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My daughter and I attended a baby shower here. We are both celiac and need gluten free. I nave never been so impressed! The tea sandwiches, baked good and more were not only artfully created but exceptional in taste. Wish they were closer to us. I had a wonderful cinnamon plum tea and I purchased some to have at home. So impressed with every aspect of this tea room. It's a gem!

- Debra Riermaier 10/15/12

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We hosted a baby shower and could not have been more pleased! The guests and honoree were delighted. The food was scrumptous and the 'tea education' most informative. The atmosphere and decor were cozy and inviting. Can't wait to go back!

- Linda 10/09/12

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Charming Tea Room. Delightful food and atmosphere. The selection of teas was excellent. We enjoyed drinking three different teas at our table and everyone enjoyed them very much.

- Susan Temple 10/08/12

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Unfortunately for us we were very disappointed. We had a tea reservation for 3 on a Sunday afternoon. There was only 1 other tea reservation for a large party while we were there and we were seated right next to them. It was very distracting because they were a large group celebrating a birthday. I cannot comment on the service because we received NO service. We were not greeted, not spoke to unless we asked questions, given no information about the food we were served until we asked. Very odd for a tea room. The tea was delicious, although there are no sugar cubes. The silverware was a lovely silver plate wrapped in a white paper napkin, also odd. The cinnamon scone was good, again odd that you aren't served lemon curd. The savories were average with some pre packaged frozen phyll... (more)

- Liz 09/18/12

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I was in the Historical Frankfort area and looking for a place for lunch. The Pickwick was pointed out to me by a friend that I was with, and so we decided to give it a try.

I was really surprised at the cozy atmosphere that the place had as soon as I walked in. There service,
menu and teas were all excellent by my standards. I didn't know that this place existed, and I will be back. Five Stars!

- Tom Rusnak 08/25/12

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visited Pickwick Society Tea Room for the third time with my friend yesterday. As usual, it was a charming, delicious, relaxing experience!!!!

I love the comfortable and homey atmosphere!! The food was, as it has ALWAYS been, spectacularly good! All the ingredients were fresh and tasted wonderful, so much so, I can't wait to come back!!

Every time I'm in Frankfort, it's the 'GO TO' place to sit, relax, take a breath and enjoy the atmosphere and the cuisine!!

I'm thankful they are there so I can come and have a spot to rest and relax!

- Willamena Jaeger 08/19/12

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Attended a baby shower here. Had a great time. Great picture windows and space with antique at home ambiance. Large variety of tea offerings and tasty finger foods. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Great job!

- L 08/13/12

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I liked the new tea room it has more space then the last one. I was a little disappointed that they ran out of an item however not discouraged from coming again.

- shirley 08/08/12

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I hosted a bridal shower tea party at their old location and it was great. The new location is even better - more room. This time we went for ladies day out. I asked my friend what her favorite item was on the high tea assortment. She said she couldn't pick because there was nothing that wasn't great.
Now I have tried winter and summer menus and can't decide whick I like better.

- Mary Ellen 08/04/12