I am not a hot tea drinker so I cannot rate that, but the food is excellent and attractively prepared. Everyone there is super friendly, and the atmosphere is uplifting with a Christian feel. They have several rooms of gifts for shopping, and this gem of a tearoom is probably overlooked because of being in a small town.
Normally, I enjoy going to Chelsea's. The food is good (although expensive) and there is a variety. I have taken my 2 granddaughters there before with no problem; however, today we had a problem. The children (ages 2 and 5) were eating when a woman I assumed to be a hostess or perhaps the owner from the way she acted simply announced she was going to sit with us. I tried to chat pleasantly as she talked to the girls and to me, but I kept wondering when she would leave. Was she worried the girls would spill? Did she think they would cause a problem? It was annoying. She got up and left only to return with more fruit for the girls (which was nice), but sat down again! I had no meal with the grandchildren and was exasperated, but how do you tell someone nicely to just leave?! If she thought the girls were going to break something, I wish she had said that. Also, for the first time, my food was not good. I feel I threw money away for an unpleasant experience. I recommend Cottage Treasures in Ringgold, GA. Food is good and they don't sit down and horn in on your meal!
This is one of the best tearooms that I have ever been to, although it is different. First off, neither my husband nor myself are hot tea drinkers, so the fact that they do not have a variety of teas does not faze us at all. The Wild Plum tea they offer, which we drink cold, is really good. The docor is rustic and you can eat inside, on the screened-in porch (we like that), or outside on the veranda. The big reason we drive hours to get there is the food! We have been several times, and everything we have ever tried has been delicious. From the strata (think quiche) to the stack sandwich (I love it!) to soups to fruit to salad....everything is great! Once we sat near someone that was from England, and they were raving over the food! I am always too full for dessert, but they offer all kinds of things--even cobblers! And one thing I really like is that they have daily specials so that you don't get bored with the same old thing. If you like good food, this is worth the trip, but get there early because they fill up during prime vacation times.
My husband and I drove from Ringgold, GA, to this tearoom, and it was definitely not worth the trip for me. I visit a lot of tearooms in Georgia and Tennessee, and the food we received was mediocre and overpriced--not a lot of food for the money either. No one was in the restaurant when we arrived and only one other couple showed up before we left. The decor was not nicely decorated like a lot of tearooms, either. It just wasn't a really good experience for us. We don't drink hot tea, so maybe that is the draw. The food is not.