My husband and I stopped in this tea shoppe during the Plymouth winter festival weekend. While it's NOT a tea room in the common understanding of the term (no food, scones, etc served), it IS a very nice store. We were very happy with not only the wide selection of tea (literally *dozens* of different combinations) but also the service of the staff. I live too far away to just 'stop in' but if I'm in the area, I would definitely go back for more of their fine tea.
I HIGHLY recommend this tea event. This is a wonderful monthly event I have attended numerous times. I have met so many wonderful ladies and learned so much from the speakers and presentations that are conducted during the teas. The food, tea pairings, place settings, and service are all wonderful and contribute to a feeling of conviviality and joyousness. I have had the good fortune to be seated next to some wonderful women at these events who have become my dear friends. Out of the many tea rooms and services offered in Detroit area, I would recommend this monthly tea event as the best. My only complaint is that it is only *monthly* and not WEEKLY! Ha, ha, ha! Just be sure to show up early to secure a good 'spot' at your table so you can enjoy the guest speaker! Make your reservations, early, too!
My family and I stopped in for afternoon tea during the Dickens Fest this past weekend. All three in my party had the Victorian Tea and all 3 of us were very disappointed. The biggest problem, although there were multiple issues, was the tea service itself - we were presented with a box of.....eeek!....TEABAGS. I know, I know....not what one expects or looks forward to when paying for the privilege of afternoon tea. Next, we were not even given individual teapots, only one smallish teapot (I guess to hold our hot water?). Since we each had chosen different teas, the single pot often ran out of water. Also, other items like *sugar* and *milk* and *lemon* were missing from our table. Lastly, the food was of sufficient quantity but mediocre quality at best. Some of the elements of the menu were questionable and clearly not chosen in regard to the flavors of the tea(bags) served with the food. While the setting at the Holly Hotel was indeed nice, I will not bother to drive the distance or pay the price for afternoon tea there again. If you know *anything* about tea service and quality afternoon tea presentation, it's best to avoid this place as it does a disservice to the concept of 'taking tea.'
This tea room is a little gem! My family and I (a group of 4) popped in on a Saturday the 27th hoping for a quick cup of tea and possibly a sandwich or a scone and we found SO much more! The tea room itself is decorated in a very quaint, charming style with various tea cup sets displayed and what I would call 'brick-a-brack' everywhere. My group and I were pleasantly surprised to find quite a large menu of looseleaf teas (over a dozen or so) as well as the Specialty Teas which were offered to us by the owner and her lovely daughter. Our tea was expertly steeped and graciously poured for us by the staff and we were not left wanting for a fresh, hot pot of tea at any time during our visit. I cannot say enough about the wonderful food.....I personally ordered a simply delicious asparagus and mushroom quiche and a potato and ham soup which was served with a scone. Everyone in my group was extremely happy with the taste and temperature of the food we ordered. The serving portions were so good that we unfortunately had no room for dessert. This disappointed me as there was quite a selection of delicious looking treats to choose from. Guess I'll have to go back again and sample some of them! :) Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend based on tea selection, presentation, and food offerings.