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I am purposefully seeking ways to add a little more peace, joy and fun in my life; that's why I started this tea story.

Currently I am searching for a new supplier for my tea. So I’m visiting websites and ordering different blends every month. I’ll be posting about my finds along with my visits to tea rooms.

It’s always the perfect time for a cup of tea. Won’t you join me?

Category Archives: Tea Room

Smith-Byrd House

There’s a little bit of good and bad in everything.

You might be put off by the exterior of the Smith Byrd House. The hundred plus year old Victorian in the Daniel Pratt historic district is in need of some serious renovations.  However, don’t let that turn you away.  I almost didn’t go in but I felt I owed it to you to check it out.  I’m so glad I did.  So do go on in and enjoy.  You will also feel good that you’re supporting a small business that is preserving a historical building.

It’s just 5 1/2 miles off of I-65 in Prattville, AL so a convenient stop for lunch If you’re on your way to the beach.  I had heard about it several years ago and I happened to be in the area so I dragged a couple of friends along for lunch. 

When you walk in you see the old wood floors, high ceilings and all the details in the trim. We sat in the parlor room right up front, on the left.

We got down to business and ordered up pots of tea right away. The Smith-Byrd House has an extensive tea menu with over a hundred varieties of loose leaf tea to choose from. We had the Windsor Castle – a Black tea blend of Darjeeling, maltiness from Assam, and the sturdy Ceylon. The mild Peach Earl Grey had a smooth and refreshing peachy taste enhancing the Earl Grey. We also tried the Black Current, and Spiced Pear which was light but popped with the fall spice.

 The Queen’s Tea

Served with a first course of quiche and salad, followed by a 3-tiered tray filled with scones (accompanied by lemon curd, and clotted cream,) 
assorted finger sandwiches, desserts, and a bottomless
pot of tea.
$21 + tax

First course was a crustless quiche and salad with a Meyer lemon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar dressing. Next we were served scones: Cinnamon and Raspberry White Chocolate with a generous serving of Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream. For dessert we had Black Forest Cake and Maple Cookies.

The sandwiches were cucumber herb, smoked bacon herbed cheese, chicken salad, and cinnamon apple on raisin bread.

 They’re open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Reservations are recommended.  


The London Tea Room

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Pendray Inn & Tea House

Today we have a guest post from Civili-tea supporter, Melodie Brier.  She and a friend went on a trip to Victoria, British Columbia and had a lovely afternoon tea at the Pendray Inn & Tea House and wanted to share it with you.  Here is her story: Of course, the famous place for tea when you… Continue Reading

Tea at the Colonnades

When you visit Edinburgh, Scotland you will, no doubt, spend time exploring the Royal Mile. It’s the main road connecting Edinburgh Castle at the top to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (which is still the Queen’s official residence in Scotland) down at the other end. As you walk along the road you’ll find many places to… Continue Reading

Tea with Good Company

Good Company Cafe started serving tea recently and to kick it off with a bang they offered a full afternoon tea with a modern twist. It was a very popular event with quite a crowd but worth the wait. The Tea First, the most important part is the tea. They’ve started with some solid basic… Continue Reading

The Wild Plum Tea Room

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Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel

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The Log Cabin Tea Company

Sometimes you have wonderful discoveries in unexpected places.  We had a just such an experience at the Log Cabin Tea Company located in Hartselle, Alabama. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a stroke of genius.  A tea tasting bar. Right by the front door you have all these jars set up and you can take a… Continue Reading

MaryAnn’s Tea Room

Located in the Central West End of St. Louis is the posh and slightly kitschy MaryAnn’s Tea Room.  From the street you walk in through a little boutique which is the perfect place for the fashionista in you to stop and shop!  To get to the tea room, walk in and through the shop all the way to the back.… Continue Reading