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Cornerstone Tea

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115 First Street CLAYTON, North Carolina 27520, United States 919-413-4318 Website Owner?

Operating on reservation only status for November. You can schedule in advance for any day with us. Cornerstone Tea is a tea room located in Clayton, NC. It is the only tea room in a 40+ mile radius. We welcome events with groups such as Red Hats, and society clubs that wish to enjoy. There is a gift corner, over 40 loose teas that are Cornerstone Tea brand, and a beautiful outside bistro area on the porch. Denise is available to teach you how to properly brew teas of all types. This is a 1902 historic house that is full of antiques and makes for a beautiful location for celebrations of all types.

Recent reviews

    • Denise W.

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      We hosted a baby shower here and it was wonderful. Beautifully decorated, warm and cozy on a chilly winter day. It was perfect. And then we we served the teas and meal. Delicious is an understatement! Everything was truly amazing. And, Denise was so helpful in planning the food and gave wonderful guidance on the tea selection. She is a master of teas and was a joy to work with.

    • becky

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      Thank you Denise for a wonderful experience and being so accommodating to our little group. House lovely, hugh assortment of tea, food excellent. Quite an experience

    • Liz Davis

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      Great places!

    • Sharon

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      Denise makes the best scones ever! I was so impressed with the variety of teas, all loose leaf with several specialty blends. Especially loved the White Peony and Tiger Eye Black. Denise is a wonderful hostess.

    • candy

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      Great help with how to brew at home. Really loves what she does and it shows! Iwill be back

    • AnnaBell

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      I enjoyed seeing the Wagner House for the first time last week in Clayton. I have never been there before and it is wonderful. Denise has done it again, an excellent tearoom and great food.

    • Mary Anne F.

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      We had my daughter's bridal tea at Gregory's Vineyard with Cornerstone tea providing everything we could have wanted! The food was fabulous, the tea divine and the service was impeccable. Everyone relaxed as Denise kicked off the shower and it was extremely enjoyable. My daughter felt like a princess and couldn't have had a more wonderful shower.

    • Annie B

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      I had a very exceptional visit to the Gregory Vineyard where Cornerstone hosted an open house I did so much of my holiday shopping and had a delightful lunch experience with my sister. Denise and her family are so friendly. Can't wait for my daughter's baby shower Denise will do for us.

    • April Rose

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      The owner worked with me to reschedule a bridal shower since our original date was affected by a hurricane. She let me wait it out until the last possible second before switching days and managed to squeeze us in on another day. We didn't feel rushed and the bride received a lot of special attention. The food was amazing! The smell and taste of those rosemary parmesan shortbread cookies was out of this world and my co-host couldn't stop talking about the scones. Everyone agreed the shower was beautiful and I can't take any credit...Denise and her staff did 99% of the work including the set up and break down as well as carrying all the gifts to the bride's car. And I don't want to forget the tea, I was only able to sample two of them between chatting and hosting the party but both the Blood Orange and the Ginger Peach were very good. I think some of the guests tried some new items today they would have never selected on their own.

    • Amy

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      Our book club had an evening teas here a few nights ago. The setting was so cozy, the selection of teas amazing, and yummy scones!

    • Sheri Vettel

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      I recently hosted a bridal shower at Cornerstone tea and we had a fantastic experience. The teas (especially the iced strawberry) were amazing and the food was delicious. Most importantly, Denise and staff were very friendly, attentive and went above and beyond to make this a special day for my sister. Please visit this tea room!

    • caitlin

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      We went to cornerstone for a bridal shower/ lingerie shower and they were GREAT! they gave us a private room, full attention, and lots of special details to stay within our theme. Highly recommend!

    • Emily

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      I recently visited Cornerstone Tea for a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful time yet again. Honeybush Apricot is my new favorite tea. The service and food was wonderful. We tried the sweet rolls for the first time and they were wonderful. I have a food allergy to nuts which I discussed in advance with Ms. Denise, so she made sure to not use nuts in our food. Stephanie did a wonderful job explaining the tea flavors to the ladies who had never visited Cornerstone Tea. The atmosphere is very laid back and relaxing. We look forward to returning to Cornerstone Tea!

    • Joy

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      My friend took me to Cornerstone for my birthday. It was very relaxing, and the food was great. The teas we tried were divine, my favorite being the Honeybush Apricot and the Irish breakfast tea a close second. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I'm hoping to take my mom and brother there during the holidays.

    • Melissa

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      I was looking for a special place for my Sister's baby shower and I found it in Cornerstone Tea! I visted prior to the shower with my 8 year old son and I knew this was the place for us. They took their time to explain the menu and the tea options. They even brewed a pot of tea just for my son and let him help brew it. Not only that, but they even made a special PBJ finger sandwich especially for him! Denise made the arrangements with ease leading up to the shower making sure to touch on every detail to make this special for my sister. She was wonderful with our large group, including my Grandmother with a walker, while never loosing the cozy feel. The food was amazing and the tea was divine! The Parmesean cookies and the scones will make your mouth water and the cupcake flavors are fabulous. Everyone had such a great time and loved Denise's special touches. I can't thank them enough for making us feel like family. They are amazing people and never once made us feel rushed with timing of the shower. They even took additional time to help us load our cars when it was time to go. People and places like this are hard to find and it meant so much to me for them to make it so special. I can't wait to go back with my girlfriends and my son to experience all that Cornerstone has to offer...again and again! Thank you Denise, Stephanie and family!

    • Tracey

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      My sister & I took our mother there for a special Mother's Day Tea. It was a 'heavenly' experience! The service, food, and atmosphere were truly exceptional! We were treated like 'royalty' in Ruth's Room. The tea was divine, the food delicious and the staff truly make you feel like family! This relaxing retreat is one I will enjoy often. I am so glad we have this wonderful Tea Room in Garner, so we can experience this as often as we like! Would highly recommend this lovely tea room for any occasion as well as for a catering!

    • Barbara Long 4/30/2010

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      The moment I walked in to set up our reservation I felt welcomed and well cared for. I was looking for an opportunity for my students to have the chance to practice good manners in a friendly environment. Cornerstone Tea was the perfect choice. We savored a very special tea time in the lovely Ruth Room. The food and teas were delicious and there was plenty, so much that we even boxed up the left-overs. Our entire party was thrilled with the memorable time we enjoyed at the Cornerstone Tea. I highly recommend this wonderful establishment.

    • Joanna

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      I visited the Cornerstone Tea teahouse today, as I had business in Garner, NC. I was a bit hesitant to dine-in at first, as I was a solo diner, and attribute teahouses to friends sharing a long lunch together. Denise, Stephanie and Sawyer put me at ease as soon as I entered! I did not have a reservation, but luckily there was space for me in the Rose Room. I had their Easter Menu and everything was divine. If I had to pick a favorite, it was the rosemary parmesean shortbread cookies. I was lucky that they were also available for sale individually, and was able to purchase some on my way out for my family. Sawyer and Denise waited on me, and their knowledge of tea was outstanding. Stephanie also helped by suggesting different teas and allowing me to smell them. Her knowledge of herbs is impressive, and the fresh rosemary used in the cookies gave them a lovely aroma. Sawyer's recommendation for the Blood Orange tea (which I had iced) was excellent! I started with a cup of iced White Symphony, which I find extremely light and crisp. I would recommend it for those with sensitive palates. I hope to dine at the Cornerstone Tea teahouse again in the future with friends. I know it will be my favorite place to have lunch when I'm in Garner- even when I'm there solo!

    • Heather

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      I LOVED Cornerstone Tea! We are plannig a bridal tea for my sister and they were so helpful and open to our needs. Kid-friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere. I would recommend this place for everyone! We will visit often-that's for sure!

    • Jean

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      I visited Cornerstone Tea for the first time today. The food, tea, and atmosphere were excellent. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Denise and Fred. I wish them well.

    • Ken Stephenson

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      This is a wonderful place to make into a regular visit. My wife and I had some friends share tea and memories with here. The teas were unbelievable and the service was very personal. GREAT family ran business!Everyone should visit.

    • Connie

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      Enjoyed a wonderful tea with friends yesterday. The atmosphere is very relaxing, the tea soothing, and the food delicious! The service was excellent - very accomodating without being intrusive. Look forward to many more occasions in the future

    • Brandy

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      I took my 2 year old daughter to Cornerstone tea today for a little Mommy/Daughter time... And we both had a wonderful time. Denise was a great hostess, so kind, sweet and cheerful. The tea was excellent, and the food was great! This is a lovely tea room, a wonderful addition to the 40/42 area. Look forward to many more visits to Cornerstone Tea!!

    • Melissa

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      I visited Cornerstone Tea with my mom for lunch and we had a great time!! Denise is wonderful and the food and teas offered were great!! Loved it!!