Favorite Tea Places in Atlanta
St. Regis Atlanta’s afternoon tea was a fun way to spend some quality time with my daughters in an elegant setting, while teaching them how to conduct themselves at a formal tea. They both felt like princesses!
What Kids Really Like: They loved the desserts (especially the chocolate éclairs and the strawberry rhubarb bites).
What Parents Really Like: It was a chance to spend a relaxing afternoon with my daughters in an elegant setting.
What’s on the Menu: The standard tea includes savory selections (tea sandwiches), baked scones (along with lemon curd, clotted cream and preserves), pastry assortments (tarts, crème brulee, cake, mousse, and madeleines), and choice of tea. Sandwiches include salmon, turkey, egg salad, ham and cucumber.
Information: St. Regis Atlanta is at 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. Tea is available 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sat.-Sun., starting at $75 per adult; $60 ages 3-10. The formal setting is more appropriate for older children (mine are ages 6 and 10). While children can bring a doll, most do not; dolls are not given their own seat at the table. Book reservations at 404-563-7799.
– Lisanne McDearman
Dr. Bombay’s is a comfortable shabby-chic neighborhood eatery with a kid-friendly staff. The table was set with an eclectic mix of china, the tea options were vast and the food servings ample. The best part – the shop supports impoverished young women in India with life scholarships funded by a monthly dinner.
What Kids Really Like: My 4½-year-old son loved the ice cream, though prior to dessert, his favorite was the mushroom quiche.
What Parents Really Like: It was a funky and different way to spend the afternoon. The scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam were heavenly, too.
What’s on the Menu: Pot of tea for two (choose your flavor from an extensive list), with milk, honey, lemon and sugar. Tea is served with assorted cookies, petite desserts, mini cupcakes, scones, strawberry preserves, Devonshire clotted cream, quiche and finger sandwiches. Finish with a serving of sorbet. Dr. Bombay’s was happy to accommodate my son’s request for crazy colored superman ice cream instead of sorbet.
Information: Dr. Bombay’s is at 1645 McLendon Ave., Atlanta. Reserve a time for High Tea on Thur.-Fri. at noon or Sat.-Sun at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; book at drbombays.com. Tea is fun for both boys and girls. Dolls get their own seat at the table if the restaurant is notified in advance. 404-474-1402.
– Lesley Cavender