Three of us had a lovely tea service at the Charms of Leffingwell yesterday. We each ordered a different tea and my Mango tea was excellent. The food was very hearty for a tea room. Multiple scones right out of the oven in three flavors including a lavendar. Ample clotted cream and two kinds of preserves. Three varieties of sandwiches plus a small square of quiche. Fresh fruit, brownies and coconut macaroons rounded out the feast. I was quite full. The decor is a bit early attic. This is an antiques and collectibles shop in addition to being a tea room. For those of you who follow Mary Kay Andrews books and blog, it's right up her alley. This is a good rendezvous place for those wishing for lunch before or after a trip to the Ellenton Outlet Mall. It beats the local Ruby Tuesday's by a mile. We'll be back next year when my snowbird cousin arrives again.
An old friend and I, both tea lovers, recently partook of 'high' tea at the Empress. Firstly, I had sniffed the chocolate tea in the gift shop area and quickly gave it a thumbs down. Then I changed my mind and ordered it only to discover it was delightful. Score 1 for the Empress and I later bought some to take home. Secondly, the crab soup was tasty but I was not the only one overheard to wish for the return of the cream to the soup pot. Thirdly, the tea tray was magnificent...four sandwiches, a huge and flaky scone with ample cream and preserves, and four different desserts, each one better than the one before. I also had ordered a salad of baby spinach, pears, gorgonzola cheese, nuts and vidalia onion dressing. It was ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. I nearly licked the plate. All systems are definitely go at the Empress. I look forward to seasonal changes in the menu as an excuse to go more often.
Becky....we love the element of delightful surprise...and at every corner...see you soon we hope....kim