I have been to many afternoon teas in Illinois and other states. This tea was one of my favorites. We had the 'afternoon tea' for $17. It included a nice variety of fresh fruit, 6 tea sandwiches each, 5 desserts each and a pot of tea each. I found the price to be lower than many other teas with the same quantity. We ate the tea as 'lunch' and could not even finish the desserts. The owner greeted us and brought over 43 varieties of tea. She had glass containers of each tea so that we could see and smell each variety. Her knowledge of the tea surpassed that of any tea I have ever had. My tea was brewed well, though I do have to agree with one previous comment: we were seated by the front window and it was not warm in there! We kept layers on the entire time, and the temperature did cool off the tea. The owner checked on us many times, though, and when we mentioned that our tea had cooled off, she made us new pots and put cozies on the pots (which really helped). The sandwiches were very good and not as 'strange' as some teas I have been too (cucumber, lemon curd which was great, a fresh red pepper, turkey w/ a good mustard, apple bread w/ cream cheese--obviously homemade and very good, chicken salad--which was slightly dry). I would give every sandwich a '10' except that chicken salad. The desserts were themed for 'holidays' so included eggnog, ginger and lemon flavoring. They were all homemade and most were very good. The best was a chocolate cupcake w/ peppermint frosting. The establishment was charming with a great view of the outdoors--a very casual and homey feeling. I will definitely go back (and ask for a tea cozy, and perhaps a warmer table).