Afternoon tea is a custom steeped in history and sweetened with tradition. And while many opt for coffee to fuel their days, tea is actually the second most consumed beverage in the world—just after water. Its health benefits are unrivaled; and the relaxing sensation of a steamy cup of herbal goodness is second to none! This spring, why not celebrate the grace of the season with a visit to a New Hampshire Tea Room? Here are 7 to get you started.
Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor, Dover
You can experience a true high tea at the Silver Fountain Tea Parlor in Dover! Make advance reservations and treat yourself to a spot of richly infused tea paired with delicious sandwiches, salads, and of course—sophisticated scones and pastries. You’ll feel welcomed and impressed by their enchanting parlor, and you’re sure to leave with a lasting impression. And keep an eye out for their signature luncheons with imaginative themes like the Roaring 20’s, Mad Hatter and Downton Abbey-Inspired teas!
The Cozy Tea Cart, Brookline
The Cozy Tea Cart is the place to be if you’re after cultured tea blends and pleasantly nuanced flavors. Their café is the perfect cozy space to enjoy herbal teas, indulge in exquisite scones, pastries, sandwiches, and engage with a knowledgeable staff. While the café is temporarily closed for dine-in service—the Tea Shop will reopen on March 22, and the café is underway for an April reopening! In the meantime, you can tune in for a Virtual Tea Tasting via Zoom where you’ll sample tea varieties (mailed to you in advance) and learn about tea from the experts.
The Barn at Harrisville Inn, Harrisville
Just in time for spring, the Harrisville Inn will begin serving Afternoon Tea on Thursdays and Saturdays by appointment starting April 1st! You’ll be served a spot of fine tea in delicate china—followed by a tiered tray of delectable accompaniments. Between sips, you’ll sample scones and savory sandwiches, small pastries, cakes, and fresh fruit to complete the experience!
White Heron Tea, Portsmouth
In downtown Portsmouth, White Heron Tea is an oasis for tea lovers and enthusiasts. The company offers a variety of over 100 types of organic teas, and the café serves up irresistible blends and delicious pastries and sandwiches to match. While the café is only open for take-out due to Covid-19, you can still order ahead and take a fresh brew with you on the go. If you have the time, head down the street and enjoy a spring picnic at Goodwin Park beneath the blooming star magnolias!
Tarbin Gardens, West Franklin
Tarbin Gardens is home to a lush garden full of life in the spring and summer months. June through September, you can even partake in an Authentic English Tea experience at their Rose Garden Patio amidst blooming flowers and plants! You’ll be served a luxurious English cream brew accompanied by scones with imported Devon clotted cream and jam, plus a selection of European style pastries.
If you’ve never been to Étagère, it’s time to add it to your visit-list. This Boutique/Spa/Tea Parlor is fabulously unique and has a little something for everyone. But the real gem is their High Tea service offered daily at 1 PM. With an advance reservation, you’ll be treated to a whimsical afternoon of divine teas and seasonal snacks in an imaginative parlor. Short on time? You can always stop in for a quick Elevenses to enjoy a cup of tea and light snacks for a mid-morning break!
The InkWell Coffee and Teahouse, Littleton
Nestled on the banks of the babbling Ammonoosuc River, the InkWell Coffee and Teahouse is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As soon as you walk through the doors—you’ll feel the warm welcome cultivated by owners Jim and Angel Anan. Their tea is sustainably sourced and expertly served! Your choice will arrive with your own personal French press, along with properly heated water and a timer to maximize flavor.