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Abbey Garden Tea Room

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1312 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA 360-752-1752 Website Owner?

Sun 11:00am – 5:00pm Mon 11:00am – 5:00pm Tue 11:00am – 5:00pm Wed 11:00am – 5:00pm Thu 11:00am – 5:00pm Fri 11:00am – 5:00pm Sat 11:00am – 5:00pm
A contemporary, British-inspired tea room restaurant, established 1998 Enjoy. Unwind. Connect. Enjoy High Tea with the family Take a friend to lunch Treat yourself to tea and dessert Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Recent reviews

    • Cathy Osborne

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      This is the most beautiful, relaxing, enchanting spot. The servers are sweet and very helpful. The tea and cakes is fantastic. The scones - what can I say - they melt in your mouth, truly. Never tasted anything as good before. I'll be back.

    • Carla

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      We were going up to Canada and stopped to have high tea. It is a fun location. It is not fancy, but good.

    • Jenn

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      This is one of my favorite tearooms in WA. The atmosphere is cozy and it's surrounded by lovely shops. Their loose leaf tea is served brewed and ready to pour. I tried their Abbey Tea. It was delicious and a good value. There's only one problem: it's three hours away!

    • CT

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      Sharon's comments from 6/10 are still valid. Attended tea here about 2 weeks ago. Sausage rolls were indeed like bricks, and the fillings on the sandwiches was all but nonexistent. Each one was pulverized to the consistency of baby food. More like a flavored mayonnaise sandwich. Scone was more like a sweet. Their desserts were okay, but nothing tremendously special, and could not make up for the lackluster savories or the oddity of being served raspberry and lemon sorbets with parsley sprigs. Most bothersome thing was having the server bring us our check about halfway through, we both looked confused, since we hadn't even received our desserts (which had been ordered already). Won't return.

    • Lane

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      I recently visited the Abbey Garden Tea Room and was very pleased all the way around. I have been to other tea rooms, and as a man, I feel much more comfortable in this tea room. Tea is a very popular men's drink around the globe and many people forget that when they think of the way most tea rooms look. The Abbey Garden Tea Room manages to keep a perfect balance; it's a great place for women and young girls to have a tea gathering as well. I was very surprised to learn that the food is all homemade. It is delicious, and when do they have time to make it all! You can't stop in without trying one of their scones.

    • Deeann

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      I have always been extremely pleased with the food, tea, and service at the Abbey Garden Tea Room. My family and I have tea there several times a month. We like how the tea is steeped for the perfect amount of time, without overbrewing. Their desserts are amazing, with the creme caramel being my favorite right now, with their special recipe scones right behind. My 10-year-old daughter orders a salad, cheese plate, and soup which is always wonderful. I would highly recommend this tea room. You won't be disappointed.

    • Sharon

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      Today my friend and I made the long drive from Everett to Bellingham to celebrate her birthday with High Tea at Abbey Garden. The Tea Room was quite lovely....unfortunately the food was horrible. The sausage rolls were like bricks. The sandwiches were barely filled with a spread....not real egg salad or chicken salad...but a pureed spread. What we got was no texture spread on dried bread. The trifle was mostly whipped cream. Having had many high tea's around the state, we were VERY disapointed and will not return.

    • Julie

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      Scones were wonderful. Quality of scones, quiche and pasties are in decline. Used to go 3 to 4 times per month. Haven't been back for 2 months because I don't like the taste, texture, temperature or quality of the the products being sold. Will go back occasionally to see how things are. They were once great and can be great again

    • Sami

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      Cutest little place, warm and comfortable, quiet and inviting, with a huge selection of tea, it's fun to get different types and share. The dishes are beautiful and the food always tastes great. The menu has a lot of different combination options. On the downside, they used to do free refills but not anymore, so two and a half cups is about all you're getting. Also, the service is iffy sometimes, and they stop seating after 4:30pm even though they don't close until 6:00pm and will turn you away if you arrive a minute or two after 4:30pm.

    • Jesse

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      This was my first tea house ever, so I might be a little biased when I say how much I love it It's very cozy, the seats are comfortable, and the decor is classic without being to 'grandma' or over the top. I've made friends with several of the servers, and they're always very friendly. However, service can very from poor to wonderful simply depending on who you get that day. The food and tea ALWAYS tastes wonderful - especially the scones. However, the selection isn't that great. Very limited when it comes to teas and tea sandwiches, but what they do have is done very well. They brew your tea for you, which is a pro and a con. It's nice because you don't have to worry about it, but not so great if some people like their tea a little lighter or darker than most. They've changed some things recently that I don't really like. Before, you could get a second pot of the same tea for free, but now you have to pay extra, and I really miss the little brown betty tea pots. Still, I highly recommend this place. It really fits into the Fairhaven style.

    • Brooke

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      The selling point for Abbey's is the location and the interior design. It is the coziest tearoom I have visited, a great place to relax. Limited seating, so large parties definately want to make reservations. Also Abbey's is connected to Creativitea which is a pottery painting store, tons of fun for kids.

    • Bryn

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      Wonderful and quaint, this tea room is relaxing, with a truly classic, British feel. I have gone here several, several times by myself, or with a friend or two. The tea selection gives you many options -- I often go with a black tea, like the Assam, especially when I'm eating one of their delicious scones... :)

    • Donna

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      I have been a regular visitor for a number of years, and enjoy Abbey garden tremendously. The food is very good, and the embiance is casual and inviting. My only complaints are that the space is too small, and while the music is relaxing, it doesn't always fit the style of the place. I have made some good friends there with the waitstaff, and they are always eager to please! Best time to vist is mid-afternoon during the week, when it's quieter.

    • Elaine

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      I visited several times and found the food good, teas excellent. The charming building and seating arrangements make it a neat experience. However, the chairs are old and not particularly comfortable for very long. A little dingy overall, perhaps lending atmosphere that some find desireable.

    • Anna

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      This place is awsome. it is espically nice that it is sharing the building with creativitea, so the kids can go paint a bowl while i have some tea right there with them.

    • Andrew

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      This is simply one of the coziest tea rooms that I have been to. Each time I have gone there it has just put me in a wonderfully relaxed mood. The food goes beautifully with the teas the offer.

    • Leslie

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      it's not uncommon for me to visit Abbey Garden at least once or twice in a single week. I adore this little nook, it is so warm and inviting. The presentation is simply lovely and the service is wonderful too, so much so that when my boy was visit me we went to tea three times in one week and he's not usually the type for high tea. There's a certain charm that's only found here, perhaps because its nestled in Fairhaven, whatever the case one should make a point to visit.

    • Dawn

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      I have quite honestly been to this tea room over 200 times. I love it, it reminds me of a little British tea room. The menu is great all though I have almost the same thing everytime. The abbey tea which comes with 2 tea sandwiches, (smoked salmon and chicken curry are my favorites) fresh fruit, scone with devonshire cream and tea. I get Lady Grey and they always brew it perfectly. They are great with children. I can't say enough good things about this tea room. It's comfy, cozy and the staff is wonderful.

    • Tim

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      I have been to Abbey Garden twice now (the second time being this past weekend). The atmosphere is excellent. The tea room is tucked away at the end of a beautiful little stone-laid alley with a big overhanging tree, and the tea room is small and cozy and very beautifully decorated. This past weekend was very hot, and they provided two outdoor tables with umbrellas in the alley, so I enjoyed a cream tea (scone with Devonshire cream, fruit and tea) outside in the shade. The iced tea was passion fruit and it was delicious, but I can also vouch for the rose black tea, which tastes very elegant and Victorian to me, and the Paris blend which has floral and vanilla notes. The servers have been cheerful and attentive when I have been there. I have to rave about the scones. They are the best I have ever had, served warm with a light sugar crust and they just melt in your mouth. The food is always presented on beautiful floral china. My only complaint is that I think the price is a little high for what you get on the two 'teas' I had. For example, the cream tea was $7.95, and although the scone is sizable and delicious, the fruit was merely three thin slices of apple, 3 slices of orange, and 1 or 2 strawberries cut up. I think there should be more fruit at that price. Also when I had the Gentleman's Tea, I remember the portions were small for the price. But I'd still recommend that you splurge and try it out, and be sure to get a scone!

    • Merry

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      I have been here three times and each time have left quite happy. The seats are large and comfortable, the tables sturdy. Feels like quality...no skimping. We will return soon. Merry

    • Dee

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      I have been looking for a tearoom like this for ages, and have finally found it. The atmosphere is casual, yet elegant. Their menu has a variety of foods for all appetites, and their desserts are amazing. The staff was knowledgeable about the different teas on the menu, and I was particulary impressed with the Queen Victoria blend. The tearoom has a relaxed atmosphere, and fabulous food. I would definitely recommend this tearoom to anyone I know.

    • Karen

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      They've since changed their setup since the first reviewer wrote of going up stairs. Now the tea room is more separate. They do a pretty good job of a high tea sort of setup, and have some really great teas. In fact, I live in Seattle and go there to get my teas! I recommend Queen Victoria and Paris. Service is friendly - mostly college student servers. Altogether, its got a good atmosphere.

    • Jen

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      The idea of having tea over a ceramic painting studio, seems charming, but it is a little impractical. Service was lacking because they had to come up and down the staircase. We asked for our teapots to be refilled, but weren't until the end. For the menu, you have to chose which food you want, while in others you are given a sample of everything.

    • Mallory

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      I've lived in Fairhaven my whole life and I've been going to the tea house since I was 13 (I am now almost twenty) and although I go less frequently, it's still as wonderful as ever. Their new location is absolutely fantastic. The scones are the best scones you will ever have! (I used to go into the teahouse just to buy a few to have at home). The atmosphere is cozy and relaxing. It's a true Fairhaven gem!

    • Mark Hudson

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      Nice little tearoom in a quiet location with plenty of afternoon sun. The afternoon tea goodies were served on a nice three-tiered arrangement, and were very tasty. The only dissappointment was that the so-called 'tea sandwiches' were simply triangular halves of sandwich bread with the crusts cut off (I prefer the smaller, more ornate finger sandwiches). My wife said these scones were the best she had tasted. We were hungry and left satisfied.