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Jody Austin   

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  • Calabash Garden Tea Room

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    We love going to tea and this place is one of the better places. There are different levels of tea service you can order: A cream tea which is scones and fruit, a light tea which includes tea sandwiches and fruit, or the Ultimate Tea which is a four course tea service. You must make reservations if you are going to have any of the tea services as they make only what they need for the day. The Calabash Garden Tea Room is set among other little shops which look like cottages. When we walked in we were greeted by the owner who took pride in her little establishment. At the table were china plates, a cup and saucer, as well as a water glass painted with flowers. On top of that water glass was a lemon squeezer in the shape of a bird. Very pretty and unusual. Our server went over the food menu then handed us a tea menu of 60 some teas from which to choose. She then directed us to the back room which held a variety of hats and scarfs for those who wish to dress up. I got the Queen Catherine's tea which is a blend of various black teas. DH got the Maple Tea. DD1 got the Apple Cider tea. DD2 chose the Raspberry Tea. One pot of tea comes with the service. If you would like more than one pot, there is a charge. Our first course was a spring salad served with their homemade dressing. It was fresh and light. The next course were the sandwiches. I don't recall all of them, but they were all outstanding. The cucumber sandwich was served with a sprig of dill. The apricot was tied with a little ribbon to look like a package. There was a deconstructed BLT which was a bite of pure deliciousness, another sweet sandwich, and a ham salad tea sandwich. I do not like ham salad and if given a choice I would not choose ham salad. The ham salad served here was absolutely DELICIOUS!. I could have eaten an entire bowl of it. Yet, I do not like ham salad. The next course were lavender white chocolate scones, mock devonshire cream, and lemon curd. Fantastic! The final course consisted of a mini raspberry lemon cupcake, dark chocolate dipped strawberry, and a little skewer of grapes and blueberry with white chocolate drizzle. The food, the service, and the atmosphere were above par. If we are in the area again, we will definitely go back.