the front porch came highly recommended from a friend...i have been to other tea rooms before and came away with a 'great food, but service left much to be desired' feeling. i had high expectations because of the referral and was hoping for the best as i was in charge of the destination for our monthly girls' night/day out. let me just say, my expectations were not only reached but blown sky high! from the moment we walked in the door owner Bonnie was at our beck and call!! she promptly greeted us ever so warmly with a bubbly, 'welcome to the front porch ladies!' she instructed us on signing in if we wished, to picking out a hat (and don't dare pick one that matches your outfit she told us, pick something 'different') we fell in love with the front porch and bonnie from the start. we were seated at our cozy table and had our fresh fruit ambrosia ready to taste. we experienced the 2 featured teas for the month of january (snowflake - a coconut vanilla tea and chai tea which i cannot recall the name, sorry, but both were delicious and different than my old standbys drank at home) when bonnie asked which tea we would like to have for the 3rd pot we couldn't decide from the first 2, they were both so good, so she said, perhaps we would liek to try something altogether different. we thought that was a wonderful idea, but no one in our party is deep into tea to name something particular, so we left it to bonnie to find one that would make our tastebuds dance. she brought us a berry tea, which i loved and thought would also be excellent drank cold on a warm day with its wonderful berry notes. the food was fresh fruit ambrosia, salad with a wonderful 'secret-house' poppy seed dressing, cherry-almond and cranberry scones with clotted cream & lemon curd, choice of loaded baked potato or spinach soup, 3 finger sandwiches, choice of dessert (great variety from cakes to bon bons) & all the tea you can drink. what is really impressive is it is all homemade daily, what a wonderful way to fill your tummy while enjoying the company of those you are having tea with. bonnie reminded us a few times not to rush, (2 of us 5 are mothers of 2 children...we devour our food whenever the slightest sliver of time presents itself in anticipation of a child calling us away at any moment, but not that day, oh no, we were at the front porch ; ) at the end of our time there we excused ourselves for an inevitable trip to the 'ladies room' where we were in danger of never wanting to leave for there were lovely things to buy in every nook and cranny. i have to stop, for i could go on and on about the front porch, but i am sure i have just scratched the surface of the charm the front porch holds...a great reason to go back!! one in our party made a reservation before leaving to come back for their gourmet valentine's dinner with her fiance (complete meal with live harp music to boot!!) i look forward to many more visits to the front porch, not just for the tea and food, but also the way bonnie makes you feel like family.
Crista,<BR> What wonderful comments. We really did enjoy your visit and look forward to seeing you in the future.<BR> Bonnie