Last Saturday, my friend Sue and I drove up to Sweet Afton's for proper tea, thinking we would have a quiet talk and tea experience; instead we were ushered into a totally new experience--this is a tearoom that welcomes families--a wonderful experience as so many tearooms frown on having small children attend! And another big surprise--MEN in tearooms was something we had never encountered in our 5 years of visiting a tearoom! The hosts, Al and Phyllis, made us welcomed and we felt like cherished family!! We will definately be back, as we had such a good time!! We each ordered a different tea, and Al even brought us another tea that he thought we should try! Lovely place with lovely staff.
Susan,<BR> Thanks for your comments. Saturdays sometimes evolve into a family lunch outing at the tea room. It was definitely not a QUIET tea time from about 11:30 - 3:00 when you two were there. We sincerely Thank You for being understanding as another generation of young people are exposed to to drinking tea with their families. Please come back again during the week when it is a time for a ' quiet tea and talk ' experience. Welcome to the Sweet Afton Family!!<BR> <BR> Al & Phyllis Wilkerson<BR> Sweet Afton Tea Room
A new aquaintance and I met at Clara J's for lunch recently, on a very hot and humid day. For the first time ever in a tea room, I ordered the apricot iced tea; it was delicious! Presented in a cut glass goblet with a hint of mint, it was heavenly on such a summer day! I tried the cold berry soup with a chicken salad croissant and swooned; it was one of the best meals I had ever had, tea room or restaurant. The server made us feel like part of the family, and was as charming as the owner. This tea room is not to be missed! The decor is charming and the gift shop holds many treasures! Don't miss this one!
While my friend and I enjoyed the food and Victrian decor there last December, we could not say it was the best of our experiences (we are currently touring tea rooms each month). The tea list featured whole leaf teas (a plus!), and we marveled at the three tier selection of savories and sweets. However, a server began a poetry session as waitresses were serving soup--some of us who received the soup felt inclined to stop eating, thus letting it grow cool, while other diners were not served this course until after the readings. The tables are close together, and while we managed to tune other conversations out, it was difficult to ignore the waitress who jammed in between our table and the next; as she was speaking to the other table's occupants, her bum was resting on the edge of our table. There was also an elaborate presentation of Bananas Foster, resulting in much too much food, and again, taking up our personal time to chat. We also felt that we were being rushed to leave. I think the two presentations were at least one too much.Lovely, but too much.