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The Best Tea Houses in New Jersey

The latest update for The Best Tea Houses in New Jersey is written by Lindsay Podolak.

Do you ever dream of going back to a time when conversation was the centerpiece of a meal instead of the ever-present smartphones of today? When tea was brewed slowly in a pot, not released from a machine? Then a tea house is just the place for you.

To help you find one you like, we’ve put together a list of our favorite tea houses in New Jersey.

One thing to keep in mind; you typically want to call ahead for reservations at tea houses. These spots are often small and may have seating times or limited hours and days of operation.

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North Jersey Tea Houses

Harmony Tea Room Interior seating

The Cosy Cupboard

Where: 4 Old Turnpike Road, Convent Station
Details: Serving traditional afternoon tea every Wednesday through Sunday, The Cosy Cupboard has been “Morris County’s premier destination tea room” for a decade now. The establishment also hosts events and will cater your in-home event. On site, however, you’ll find the Tea Emporium, a gift shop with an abundance of teas and tea accessories.
Why I like it: The Cosy Cupboard’s Rose Room is one of the area’s largest dining tea rooms; with a capacity of 58 people, it’s perfect for hosting an event.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Harmony Tea Room

Where: 224 Fairview Avenue, Westwood
Details: Escape the hectic pace of life at this charming and quiet oasis. This tea room offers nearly 30 varieties of loose teas including black, green, decaf, and iced teas. They also offer scones, finger sandwiches, soups, salads, and dessert. Likewise, Sunday Brunch includes fruit, scones, sweets, and baked French toast or egg and cheese strata for $26.95. (Reservations are required for brunch, and you’ll need to order entrees in advance.)
Why I like it: Host your child’s birthday here and party guests will enjoy decorating their own teapots or dressing up like princesses while munching on pastries and tea (or juice).
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

High SocieTea House

Where: 20 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne
Details: Enjoy conversation over a pot of tea at this spot that strives to create a unique experience. It’s worth noting this tea house has a limited number of tables, so they recommend making a reservation. They serve each guest a pot of tea in a handmade cozy and prepare all food on-site; using farm fresh produce and organic products when available. They also offer a gluten-free menu. You’ll find tea pots, cup sets, mugs, scone mix and, of course, their teas at the gift shop.
Why I like it: You’ll be immersed in history here; the house is registered with the Wayne Historical Society as the first official post office, dating back to 1895.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Sally Lunn’s Tea Room & Restaurant

Where: 15 Perry Street, Chester
Details: Sally Lunn’s Tea Room has been in business for 30 years. They’re famous for their scrumptious and mouth-watering buttermilk scones in various flavors, made from a secret recipe. They also serve sandwiches, hearty soups, and seasonal pies. Just be sure to save room for their homemade fruit pie, with a crust made from scratch. Likewise, if you’re a chocoholic, we recommend their chocolate cake options.
Why I like it: Looking for a particular rare tea? Ask the staff at Sally Lunn’s for help – they are happy to try to locate it for you.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Central Jersey Tea Houses

Mulberry House Restaurant table setting

Mulberry House

Where: 415 Westfield Avenue, Westfield
Details: You’ll find this farm-to-table restaurant and tea room in a charming Victorian home in Westfield. They offer both tea service and lunch Tuesday through Friday afternoons, with brunch seatings on the weekends. Host a private party in one of three dining rooms and your guests will enjoy an elegant, delicious meal.
Why I like it: A special “Tea Time for Kids” menu option lets the little ones enjoy grilled cheese or PB&J instead of the more adult varieties of tea sandwiches.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

One Steep at a Thyme

Where: 170 Gatzmer Avenue, Jamesburg
Details: The Hippeli family bought their Victorian home in Jamesburg with the intent of creating a charming, elegant tearoom setting; and that’s just they did! Step into the parlor for a seven-course tea service any Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon and you will get an experience like no other. You can sip tea with friends and family as well as take a break from the bustle of daily life in a relaxing, soothing environment.
Why I like it: One Steep at a Thyme can host private parties of up to 25 guests.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Teaberry’s Tea Room

Where: 2 Main Street, Flemington
Details: Teaberry’s is nestled in a restored Victorian home and wants to be your refuge from the outside world. For instance, fresh flowers and linens top each table as an attentive wait staff takes care of you. In addition, Teaberry’s serves both a full lunch and afternoon tea Wednesday through Sunday during normal business hours. You can also find special events on their website’s calendar. All menu items are available for takeout.
Why I like it: The Carriage House Boutique gift shop offers all you need to recreate your tea experience at home. Teapots, teacups, and assorted gifts are all available.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

The Peacock Inn

Where: 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton
Details: While it’s not strictly a tea house, The Peacock Inn serves afternoon tea daily from 2:00 pm to 4:00 PM. (This does, however, require a reservation.) Sweets, savories, and bottomless pots of flowery teas are all on the menu at this boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Princeton. You can even add a champagne flight and some caviar to your experience for an extra fee.
Why I like it: New to the menu is a children’s tea service, so kids can now come along!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Jersey Shore Tea Houses
A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe interior seating

Mathis House at 600 Main

Where: 600 Main Street, Toms River
Details: Step back in time to the Victorian era and indulge in crisp linens, fine china and, tiered luncheon servers. Full Afternoon Tea is available daily between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, but only by reservation. 600 Main is not just a tea room, however; it is also a well-known bed and breakfast, so why not make an entire weekend out of it?
Why I like it: This tea room opens by request Sundays through Wednesdays for parties of 10 or more.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe & Tea Room

Where: 521 Route 9, Ocean Township
Details: This family business has been open since January 2012. The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and inviting. They have a full-service bakery and tea room, and also serve a full high tea lunch Wednesday through Sunday. (They require reservations for high tea lunch.) The shoppe sells cupcakes, mini desserts, brownies, cookies, cakes, and other treats, all baked fresh daily.
Why I like it: Snag some treats like cocktail-inspired cupcakes or tea-infused truffles to go.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Sweet Tease Tea Room

Where: 604 Main Street, Belmar and 173 Main Street, Manasquan
Details: Sweet Tease is not just a tea room, it’s also a cafe serving light fare and baked goods daily. When you come in for High Tea, however, you will leave feeling satisfied. Your service includes a starter course of soup or salad, three tiers of savory sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as an array of scrumptious desserts for $30. Reservations are required for Afternoon Tea Service, so call ahead.
Why I like it: Everything in the shop has a history, says its owner; for example, the chandelier dates back to the World’s Fair in Philadelphia and many teapots are antiques.
More info: Visit the website or click to call their Belmar or Manasquan locations.

South Jersey Tea Houses

New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe Entrance

The New Leaf Tea Room

Where: 606 Main Street, Riverton
Details: This spot is inside a restored 1910 Victorian storefront and an adjacent house. The decor for this charming parlor consists of crystal chandeliers, Oriental carpets, and tapestries. Of course, it’s great for formal afternoon tea in an elegant yet relaxed setting. The New Leaf Tea Room even hosts themed teas with musical, historical, and theatrical presentations. They also host events like bridal showers, baby showers, children’s parties, and family reunions.
Why I like it: The New Leaf Gift Shoppe offers an array of distinctive yet affordable gifts, such as candles, children’s tea sets, jewelry, and more.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Boukakuan Japanese Tea House and Garden

Where: 1832 Jacksonville Jobstown Road, Bordentown
Details: This traditional Japanese tea house is open by appointment only. However, book the space a week in advance for up to five people and you’ll get to enjoy learning the proper way to enjoy Japanese tea. Meanwhile, you can feed the koi in the pond, stroll through the garden, and taste authentic green tea.
Why I like it: Japanese Tea Ceremony lessons in the Urasenke tradition are available every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Nutty Duchess Tea Room

Where: 807 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Details: The “Queen’s Tea” service comes with an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches, scones, fruit, desserts and, of course, a pot of tea. Also available is a special children’s tea room menu with more kid-friendly options like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Make sure you call ahead for reservations, though, as the Nutty Duchess can’t accommodate walk-ins.
Why I like it: Celebrate holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day here, with special seatings for you and loved ones.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

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Mulberry House Restaurant / Facebook
A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe and Tea Room / Facebook
New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe / Facebook

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