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TownHouse Tea Shoppe

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23 Olmsted Street Birmingham, Alabama 35242, United States 205-529-0081 Website

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

Recent reviews

    • Hsv gal

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      Without a doubt, this is the finest tearoom in the state. I come here every chance that I can, despite their being over 100 miles from my home. The food, tea, service, and decor are all top-notch. Owners Rebekah and Darlene are so warm & friendly that it feels as if you're visiting friends. They set a beautiful tea table with Royal Albert China, distinctive table linens, and 3-tiered tea trays in an elegant space in the charming village of Mt. Laurel, just outside Birmingham. They have an extensive selection of teas, along with the knowledge of proper brewing of the different types of tea. And, oh my, the food....it is DELICIOUS! The scones are among the best in flavor and texture of those I have sampled in the 80+ tea rooms I have visited throughout the U.S. and Canada....not to mention wonderful tea sandwiches & melt-in-your-mouth fabulous desserts. If you love a fine Afternoon Tea, you will love the TownHouse Tea Shoppe!

    • Krista Simmons

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      I love The TownHouse Tea Shoppe! I live about 45 minutes away, but I go in at least once a month, more often when I can. I bring my mother, or sometimes my friends, but I also love to go by myself to enjoy the peace, fantastic food, and wonderful company of the owners. I have also brought my 3 year old son in with me, and they were very kind and accommadating. The food is always imaginative, well-prepared and perfect. I do not like onions at all, but their french onion soup is the best soup I have ever had! The service is so attentive and thoughtful, it makes you feel like family.

    • Debbie Bush

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      Visiting tearooms is one of my favorite outings and The TownHouse Tea Shoppe is my favorite. The tables were set with the Prince Albert Old Country Rose teapots except for our table. It was a whimsical rabbit and made us smile-so the style, I think is a bit of whimsy and formal. I had the Triple Crown-traditonal chicken salad, carrot-raisin, and pimento salads-all favorites and a taste of the South for me. I finished with cappuccino and a scone. The food, service and even the menu reflects attention to detail and customer enjoyment. The owners were perfectly attentive and provided every grace I enjoy in a tearoom. I am looking forward to my next visit. By the way, they even make their own curd!

    • Notsomuchabouttheteagirl

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      I have been extremely pleased with the Townhouse tea shoppe. Although not a huge tea person myself, I can appreciate how some people adore it. It was just plain fun to read the extensive tea menu! When I visited, I brought with me a large party at the last minute. The owners were EXTREMELY accommodating and made us feel special even though we could tell they had just wrapped up a very busy lunch service. We all ordered different things, and they were all prepared beautifully and efficiently. (little did I know at the time that there is only ONE woman in the kitchen preparing food!!! I could never do that) The owners were so sweet, and talked to us like family. My tea service was more than I expected, and just wonderful! It really upsets me that this classy establishment got a bad review on this site, because I had such a great experience. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place that you could potentially spend the whole afternoon enjoying good food and good company!

    • Susan Littlefield

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      My daughter and I thought this a perfectly charming and lovely tea room with very attentive service. The two owners were gracious and knew when to give us attention and when to leave us to enjoy our tea time. We highly recommend this and rate it a diamond experience!

    • tea junkie

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      I live about 20-30 minutes from this tea room, and I found it online. I thought it would be a great place to take my mom for Mother's Day. I called a day before, and the person answering the phone said she only had room at 11 am on Saturday. I told her that would be perfect. She said we could have tea service or the lunch service, since she would have plenty of all. She even said my mom could decide. I told her we would be having tea for sure. We arrived promptly at 11 on Saturday. When I told her my name (she appeared to be one of the owners), she said she thought we were coming at 12. That was weird since they told me I had to come at 11. And rude -- already we are feeling unwelcome. We were then shown to our table. There were no teacups or plates, as there were on the other tables. Weird. There was a BIG menu waiting. Before we could open them, she quickly took them from us and said she would be back. Weird (and rude). She then brought back a half sheet of paper with a small lunch menu (2 entree selections) and three or four teas. We were confused as she mentioned lunch and a three-tier tea service. She then said they were 'paring down.' We were not sure what that meant. She then left to help a three-person table nearby. They and another two-person table had the BIG menu and were offered a huge selection of teas. Weird. She even sat down at the table and whispered some other options for them, although we could hear it. Again, weird and rude. We could not figure out why we were not being treated the same as the other two tables. I realize we should have left at this point, but this was for my mom, and I wanted her to enjoy the day. When she finally returned, my mom asked about the three-tier tea service and we ordered that. At that point, I did tell her that I was a little frustrated since the reason we chose the tea shoppe was so that we would have a large selection of teas. She rudely walked off and got the BIG menu and brought it back and sat it down and walked off again. Not sure how we were putting her out, as we did come to a tea room. When she came back, she asked what we wanted. My mom asked her about one of the teas, and she reluctantly explained what was in it. I thought that was weird, as most owners of tea shops are enthusiastic about the different types of teas and want to educate you on what they have and are excited about it. They usually suggest teas if you are not familiar as well. Usually very friendly too. We ordered a tea pot for two and the three-tier service. She returned eventually with a tea pot that looked like the 'reject' pot. It was plain and chipped, unlike the beautiful pots we saw on other tables. She delivered our scones, and we felt a cold air every time she came by. My mom asked if she could get some sugar. She started to walk off and then asked if we wanted cream. I said 'Yes, please.' I wondered why we had to ask for sugar and cream at a tea room. When we got our three-tier service, the person who delivered it was much more friendly. Apparently it was the other owner who was preparing food in the kitchen. She described what each sandwich and dessert were, and she wished us a Happy Mother's Day. We were so delighted to get a kind word and thanked her very much. After we finished eating and drinking our pot of tea, we eventually got our bill. She stood talking to several people at other tables for quite some time while we waited for her to return with our change. She returned our change without even looking us in the eyes. Again, weird. I was sad that the Tea Shoppe did not meet our expectations. I had been hoping to find a good replacement for Rosemarie's tea room, which was our favorite. Great tea and even better service! This is no replacement for Rosemarie's. I will keep looking.

    • Lynn

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      This is a pretty and comfortable tea room with extraordinarily friendly service. The proprietors are knowledgeable about tea, and several unique and delicious whole leaf teas are provided in all categories: black, green, white, oolong, decaffeinated, and rooibus. The 3-tiered china tea stand was filled during my visit with delectable tea sandwiches (chicken salad, cucumber, and roast beef), fruit, and freshly homemade pastries that melted oh-so-deliciously in my mouth. Preceding the tea tray was a teacup of French onion soup and the highlight of the meal: a hot-from-the-oven cream scone. In tea rooms with less talent in the kitchen, this could have been bland and boring. But not here! It was large and warm with a wonderfully light & moist texture, and liberally dusted with finely granulated sugar. Even though I adore lemon curd, I only used it for one bite, savoring the unadorned and delicately flavored scone as it was. Rebekah and Darlene provide lucky Birmingham patrons with superb and ever-changing food selections, quality loose-leaf teas, friendly service, beautifully appointed tea tables, and an ambience of comfortably elegant surroundings where jeans can be won as comfortably as the fanciest of red hats and pretty dresses. It's well worth the trip to Mt. Laurel!