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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.

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Category Archives: Tea Room

Tea at the Peabody

There is a hidden gem right off the bustling lobby of the iconic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The entrance to Chez Philippe is tucked away behind the bar and once you enter, the train station atmosphere of the hotel lobby fades away.

Chez Philippe is richly appointed and glows with glittering old-world glamour. The walls are decorated with paintings and mirrors between gold columns enhancing the gilded age atmosphere.

We felt very pampered from the moment we were seated. We poured over the menu because the first task at hand was to select our tea. The Peabody now serves Rishi Tea so I decided to be daring and tried the Ginger Pu-erh. To my regret. The taste was overwhelmingly spicy-hot from way too much ginger. Not what I was looking for in a tea so I changed to a standard English Breakfast Tea which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Our afternoon tea included three tiers brimming with savory finger sandwiches including Crab Salad with Radish, Salmon Mousse, Prosciutto and Melon, Curried Chicken Salad (my favorite!), along with Tomato and Cucumber on Pimiento Cheese.

Warm cranberry, cinnamon, and brown sugar scones were served separately with delectable Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves for tasty toppings.

An enticing assortment of sweets topped off our elegant afternoon tea. My favorite was the many layered opera cake. It had a spongy texture that I enjoyed but some in our party were not a fan. Everyone agreed the rich raspberry chocolate mini cakes were superb.

Everything comes in small bites but they add up. I promise you will not leave hungry!

Tourists and locals alike can appreciate the experience of a fine afternoon tea served in radiant surroundings. It’s a relaxing way to spend time with friends enjoying good company and conversation.

Reservations are recommended especially for larger groups. Let them know about any dietary restrictions and they will graciously accommodate you.

Tea is served Thursday – Sunday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Chez Philippe Tea is $50 per person or $60 with a glass of champagne. The price includes valet parking but excludes tax and tip.
Duckie Tea is $30 for children 12 and under.

This is not the first time we’ve been to the Peabody. Here is our first review.


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… Continue Reading

The London Tea Room

For a traditional take on afternoon tea, visit The London Tea Room in St. Louis, Missouri, located near Tower Grove Park.   As you enter The London Tea Room you’ll see it’s a favored hangout. The front half of the restaurant is for casual dining and counter sales of baked goods and tea. Walking towards the… Continue Reading

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

My husband and I were trying to figure out where to have dinner one Friday night and we ruled out place after place because they were too crowded.  After awhile, we realized maybe it wasn’t a good strategy to go out to eat somewhere that didn’t have a lot of people on a Friday night.… Continue Reading

Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel

Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 504-523-6000  • On a recent long weekend to New Orleans, we enjoyed sampling much of the magic and mania of the city but as soon as we entered the lobby of the Windsor Court Hotel, we knew we were in another world.  This grand hotel is… Continue Reading

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