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The Front Porch Tea Room

25 West Market Street
Hallam, PA
717-755-7510
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Hours

Sun closed
Mon closed
Tue closed
Wed 11:00am - 2:00pm
Thu 11:00am - 2:00pm
Fri 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sat 11:00am - 2:00pm

Overview

The Front Porch Tea Room is State Licensed and State Inspected. We are located in the center of Hallam, PA. Sitting atop a hill, the large Victorian House is surrounded by massive gardens and large old trees. The home was built in 1869 and is constructed of logs, The interior and exterior are decorated in true Victorian Fashion. We serve a full 6 course High Tea Wednesday through Friday seating between 11am and 2pm and on Sat. seating at 11am or 2:30pm. We open privately for parties of 12 or more most days and evenings. We can accommodate from 2 to 40, and specialize in Bridal Shower, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Gourmet Dinners and Gourmet Breakfasts. Our gardens have accommodated as many as 178 for special events. In our 12 years of operation we have served people from all 50 states and 39 countries. We truly look forward to serving you.

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Was there today with my friend for her birthday. Have been going to the Front Porch since 2001. Went with girls from work, church, my daughter, friends etc. I have been to at least 4 other tea rooms, and the Front Porch is the best in atmosphere, quality of food, preparation, ambience, and service. So much better than the Victorian Tea Parlor in Spring Grove, where the service was terrible, more expensive etc. The owner, Bonnie Helm, is very gracious as her hostess is also. Always feel welcomed and at home. The flowers are especially beautiful this time of year. As I said previously,for the money, quality, atmosphere, this Victorian home is the place to go!!!

- Linda Eichmann 04/23/14

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We are a group of four 'Tea Ladies' who enjoy real tea rooms. This was a first trip to the FPTR but will not be our last. The décor was a lovely Victorian, large selection of teas and we felt more like guests in Bonnie's home than her business. If the tea room was a little closer we would be there quite frequently. Thanks, Bonnie for a wonderful afternoon.

- Pat 04/14/14

Tearoom Response
Pat,
What a delight your group was and we also look forward to seeing you again. It is such a treat to meet great new folks who really do like tea and tearooms. Thanks for the lovely comments.
Bonnie
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My friend has never been to tea, she LOVED EVERYTHING about the experience and we are coming back for breakfast in May. So glad I brought her here for her first tea experience. As always, the food, tea, service and ambiance were first rate!

- Marie H. 04/12/14

Tearoom Response
Marie,
We look forward to your first experience with breakfast. Come hungry Thanks for your great comments.
Bonnie.
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My first tea room experience, and I think I may be spoiled! Wonderful ambiance, food was excellent and made from scratch, and altogether wonderful. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

- Rheanna W 04/05/14

Tearoom Response
Rheanna,
What a treat you gave us in choosing The Front Porch for your 1st tea room experience and I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you many more times in the future. Thank you for your kind words.
Bonnie
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Absolutely lovely quaint and cozy ambiance. Food is all made from scratch and excellent, with generous portions that are uncommon to most tea rooms. Highly recommend this amazing tea room a excellent York County treasure.

- Denise W 04/05/14

Tearoom Response
Denise,
I am so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to many more. Thanks for your kind words.
Bonnie
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It is so much more than a tea room. It is a unique place in our community that brings together a beautiful historical location with great service, great food and a place to enjoy a leisurely meal with your family and friends.

- Nedette Otterbein 03/12/14

Tearoom Response
Nedette,
Thank you so much for your great review of our tea room.
Bonnie
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My wife and I went to the Front Porch Tea Room for Valentines Day. Everything and I mean everything was above our expectations. The atmosphere was perfect. The staff was awesome. The food could not have been better at any five star restaraunt. This has to be one of the best kept secrets in York. If you are looking for an intimate setting with the best staff, food, and just plain wonderful hospitality, then this is the place. We can't wait to go back!

- Matt Herrick 02/19/14

Tearoom Response
Matt,
I am so glad we finally got to see you and your wife for one of our dinners. I really appreciated the kind remarks. I do have a great staff and a wonderful chef. Hopefully we will see you again in thew future, maybe for one of our Comfort Food Dinners.
Bonnie
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This was our first time to visit this tea room. Everything about this tea room says excellence. From the atmosphere,Victorian decor,presentation and explanation of all foods served. Owner and staff make you feel at home and are friendly and efficient. Found this gem when I searched tea houses. This WAS the best kept secret in York,Pa
I will be telling everyone I know to come to the Front porch. I will return soon with friends. Thanks for everything. Wonderful!!!!!!

- Samantha James 02/18/14

Tearoom Response
Samantha,
Thank you so much for your lovely words. Hopefully with folks like you we will not be the best kept secret in York County. Again, thank you so much for the great comments.
Bonnie
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The Valentine dinners at the Front Porch Tea room were a delight. The food was excellent, the ambiance romantic, and the service staff friendly. Will hopefully be returning soon!

- Jeremiah Schaffner 02/17/14

Tearoom Response
Jeremiah,
Thank you so much for the kind words. We love having folks such as yourself and your wife.
Bonnie
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I first went to this tea room last Spring and liked it so much I have been there 3 or 4 times since then. The food is always incredible and you don't leave hungry! The homemade salad dressing is delicious and all of her soups are flavorful. The scones are always fresh and warm with a variety of flavored. There is always something new to try. I also love the fresh, homemade full-size dessert. You usually have 6-7 choices on the dessert menu and they are all amazing. The atmosphere is Victorian and the owner and servers are pleasant and enjoyable to talk with. I will continue to go here at least a few times a year (as often as I can)!

- Denise K. 02/16/14

Tearoom Response
Denise,
What can I say, your kind remarks are overwhelming. Thank you so much and we look forward to your return.
Bonnie
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We hosted a baby shower here on a Sunday afternoon and the ladies did a marvelous job! There were 21 ladies in our party and we were given an explanation of each course as it was brought out. The food was delicious, savory, and sweet! As soon as the party was over, we couldn't wait to plan our next visit. The ladies were so friendly and provided a perfect presentation of each course. I highly recommend this venue for private parties and will definitely be visiting for a regular high tea soon!

- Marian 01/15/14

Tearoom Response
Marian,
Thank you ever so much for the lovely words. We also have a great time watching everyone else enjoying our tea room. We really look forward to your next visit.
Bonnie
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Everything was about the place was perfect! The snow flake tea was to perfection. The food was a great combination of flavors and tastes!

- Cindy Andruscavage 12/04/13

Tearoom Response
Cindy,
What a treat it is to see you. We truly love our regular customers and you are soooo special
Bonnie
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Best tea house in the area!!

- Chris Noel 12/04/13

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Chris,
What can I say, thank you so much for giving us that honor.
Bonnie
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Going to the Front Porch is always a special treat for me, my family and friends. Bonnie is a delight... such a sweet person! We enjoy being able to pick our hats and also being able to shop in the gift rooms. There are many tearooms closer to home but we keep going back to Front Porch.

- Nanc 11/23/13

Tearoom Response
Nanc,
We are truly happy that you keep returning to The Front Porch and we look forward to seeing our friends.
Bonnie
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This was my second trip to the Front Porch Tea Room...the food, service, and atmosphere were wonderful!! My friends and I had a lovely afternoon, visiting and enjoying the hospitality of the Front Porch! The salad dressing is out of this world!

- Diane 11/23/13

Tearoom Response
Diane,
Thank you for your kind words. We love trying to come up with things to tempt your tastebuds' I know my staff loves all of our customers, Thanks again.
Bonnie
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We(a group of 7 girlfriends/family) just had a fantasic visit to The Front Porch last night!! The food was amazing as it always is! You must go when Bonnie has Pumpkin soup with burbon crutones, it's to die for!!! Bonnie and her staff are friendly and so much fun. It's all decorated for the holiday season, so much creativity and beauty!! We had such a great time relaxing and just being silly and catching up together. We will be back agin!

- Sara Frantz 11/22/13

Tearoom Response
Sara,
We truly look forward to having your group each time. You all are a real delight. Looking forward to your next trip.
Bponnie
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Wonderful as always! Excellent menu, charming and relaxing atmosphere. Owner is so gracious and talented. Will return again.

- Marie Hengst 11/12/13

Tearoom Response
Marie,
Thanks so much for your comments both about the tearoom and also about me. You are very gracious.
Bonnie
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My girlfriends and I have visited The Front Porch Tea Room at least once per year for the past several years and every time the experience is like the first time! They have never served anything that we didn't like. Bonnie's pumpkin soup is to die for! There is always something new to taste and experience. The staff are so friendly and welcoming it's like you're coming home. Love, love, love this tea room!

- Bonnie Wolgamuth 11/09/13

Tearoom Response
Bonnie,
Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I do have the best staff anywhere. Thanks again .
Bonnie
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I always enjoy my visits to The Front Porch Tea Room. Whenever I invite New people to visit with me, Bonnie always me feel like it is my 'first visit'! The food and services is always excellent. Her menu is very creative!

- Charlotte Butler 10/08/13

Tearoom Response
Charlotte,
I am always happy to see returning customers. It means alot to me. Thanks for your very kind words.
Bonnie
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I have been going to the Front Porch for years with my mom and sisters and we love it! We go there for any special event we can and we are NEVER disappointed! Bonnie is amazing and the food is beyond delicious! Can't wait for my next visit!

- Julie Becker 09/13/13

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Julie,
Thank you once again for the very kind words. We really do have a good time when you and your family are with us. Thanks again.
Bonnie
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This tea room is awesome! The Owner speaks to you personally which we all loved and the staff was very pleasant! They really cared to make sure you enjoyed your visit. This was our first time at this tea room. We came on 8/21/13. The tea room is very clean and decorated Victorian! The food was very good! We all left extremely full! Generous portions and very flavorful! This will not be our last trip to this tea room! We had a wide variety of ages in our group (age 30-70) and I want every age group to experience this awesome pleasant high end tea room!!

- jeannie carbajal 08/22/13

Tearoom Response
Jeannie,
What can I say. WOW what a review. Thank you so much I am really glad you enjoyed yourself and liked our food. We keep trying to come up with new and different foods for everyone to try. I really look forward to your next visit.
Bonnie
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This is my favorite tearoom!!!
I took three ladies who have never been before and they had a wonderful time. Bonnie is a delight and went out of her way to make sure everything was perfect.
In my opinion this should be number 1. Her salad dressing as well as the salad was delicious. The sandwiches, scones with a choice of clotted cream, lemon, curd and strawberry were all fresh and scrumptious. We had a hot tea that was almond flavored and we were offered a wonderful peach ice tea. This was my 5th time and won't be my last. We strolled though the gardens and the flowers were lovely also. Such a relaxing place.
8/15/13

- Connie 08/19/13

Tearoom Response
Connie,

Thank you so much for your fantastic review. If I ever changed that salad dressing I would be in serious trouble with our customers. I am glad you took time to wander in the gardens. We look forward to your next visit with us.
Bonnie
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I just got home from another WONDERFUL tea at the front porch! My grandma and I have been going to Front Porch as our favorite tea room for over 10 years now. We have tried many other tea rooms, and none compare to the Front Porch! The owner, Bonnie, makes all the delicious foods from scratch and adds her creative flair to each and every course. The front porch is well-worth every penny! I'm looking forward to my next visit :)

- Sierra Stabley 08/17/13

Tearoom Response
Sierra,
What a great pleasure it has been to watch you grow from a young school student to a college lady. You have such a wonderful relationship with your grandmother. It is truly a pleasure to have you visit with us each year.
Bonnie
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It's been too long since I've visited, but need to come real soon! Love this place!

- Rae Pentz 07/28/13

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Rae,
I do hope you can keep coming back for a long time. We miss you when you are not with us.
Bonnie
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Visisted the Front Porch Tea Room yesterday for the 3rd. time with 5 other ladies. Delighted for a beautiful experience as I was in the past. The service, food and atmosphere is supurb. Thanks to Bonnie and Staff

- Marilyn 07/20/13

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Marilyn
I am so happy to hear that you all enjoyed yourself. I do hope to see you again in the future.
Bonnie
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My first time at the Front Porch Tea Room and we (a group of six ladies) had a wonderful time. Food, atmosphere, service were all excellent. And the hats were fun.

- Deanna Shank 07/19/13

Tearoom Response
Deanna,
I am so glad that the 6 of you had a good time. Thanks so much for the lovely comments.
Bonnie
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Just love our trips from Hanover, Pa. to visit this wonderful tearoom. I have friends from Maryland that are hoping to join me for a trip soon. Lovely tea with great food. see ya soon!

- Jennie 07/19/13

Tearoom Response
Jennie,
Thanks for making that trip to Hallam. I do look forward to seeing you again with your friends from Maryland. We love when our customers return for more tea. Thanks for your comments.
Bonnie
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Wonderful tea room, great atmosphere, food was amazing, staff was just terrific! Highly recommend :-)

- Tawny 07/19/13

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Tawny,
Thank you so much for a lovely review. Hope to see you again in the future.
Bonnie
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Wonderful place for tea. Great service and atmosphere.

- Andrea Loughlin 07/16/13

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Andrea,
I am so glad you liked us. I know I have a wonderful staff.
Thanks,
Bonnie
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Amazing! My only regret is that we failed to visit here sooner. Wonderful food, excellent service and a warm, personal touch. We will continue to celebrate our family's special events like Mother's Day,Anniversaries and Birthdays's at the Front Porch!

- Ashleigh Mitchell 07/16/13

Tearoom Response
Ashleigh,

Glad you finally made it to The Front Porch. We love all our new people that have never been here before. I do hope you come back soon even if its just with a girl friend to visit and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Thanks so much for the compliment on our tea room.
Thanks
Bonnie
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Breakfast with good friends, sharing memories of past visits to The Front Porch, enjoying great food, talking to Bonnie, our 'hostess with the mostess.' One can tell she loves her job. She and our server were SO accomodating. We have been there many times now and are treated just like family. Recommend this tea room to all who want to sit, relax, and enjoy! Thanks, Bonnie.

- Kathy Lesher 07/15/13

Tearoom Response
Kathy,
Thank you so much for your wonderful response. How can we help loving our job with wonderful customers like you?
Bonnie
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One of the best tea rooms that I have visited. I have been here several times and the food is delicious and plentiful. The tea is tasty and I love that everyone gets their own pot of tea. The atmosphere is perfectly victorian and provides the right mix of cozy, warm, and bright. If you have the privilege of trying their cupcakes, I have not had better. They are moist, cake-y, and creative. As an added bonus visitors can pick their own hat to wear as they enjoy the experience. Thank you for consistently great experiences each time! I look forward to visiting again.

- Amy 07/14/13

Tearoom Response
Amy,
Thank you so much for that glowing review. We love having happy customer like you and hope to see you in the near future.
Bonnie
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My two daughters and I had our Annual (belated) Mother's Day Tea today. We love coming to the Front Porch Tea Room. The hats, tea, food, atmosphere and staff are always a delight. See you again next year!

- Nancy 07/12/13

Tearoom Response
Nancy,

Thank you for celebrating Mother's Day with us it is always a treat. We have hundreds of memories from this one celebration. Thanks again for including us in yours.
Bonnie
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Had a grand time. Food was delicious, presentation beautiful. Service was timely and efficient. Hats to wear while having tea added to the atmosphere. Decorated in a Victorian style just adds to the charm. Can't wait to go back and try their breakfast.

- Pat 07/12/13

Tearoom Response
Pat,
Thank you for the lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Bonnie
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Three best friends from Maryland and West Virginia wanted to go to a special place. The Front Porch Tearoom is as special as you will ever find. From the most gracious server of the most delicious food and best peach tea, to having our pictures taken with our choice of a fancy hat, to a walk in the beautiful gardens. It was a special day to remember and can't wait to go back.

- Joann Rigby 7/11/13 07/11/13

Tearoom Response
Joann,
I am so glad you had the time to walk through our gardens and that you really enjoyed your tea. We do hope you can return again for another season at The Front Porch.
Thanks again,
Bonnie
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we had our daughter's engagement party at the Front Porch Tea Room. The Victorian theme is awesome. The food is unique and delicious. Bonnie and her staff have planned fabulous ideas...the hats that you wear when you dine, the outstanding menu, and the beautiful gift shop. My hat's of to the Front Porch Tea Room!!!

- Ann B. Campbell 07/11/13

Tearoom Response
Ann, I am so happy that you enjoyed yourself for your daughter's shower and really happy you enjoyed The Front Porch.
Thanks so much,
Bonnie
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We had a fabulous time celebrating my grandmothers 88th birthday! We LOVED wearing the hats! Such a charming experience! The food and tea were wonderful!

- stephanie smith 06/09/13

Tearoom Response
What a treat. We love when someone celebrates their birthday with us. It is so much fun.
Thanks again, Bonnie