The latest update for this article 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 you’ll want 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.
North Jersey Tea Houses
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 teas, green teas, decaf teas and iced teas. They also offer scones, finger sandwiches, soups, salads and dessert. 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 order entrees in advance.)
Why I like it: Host your child’s birthday here and party guests will enjoy decorating their own teapots while munching on pastries and tea (or juice).
More info: Visit www.harmonytearoom.com or call 201-664-2608.
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. This tea house has a limited number of tables, so reservations are recommended. Each guest is served a pot of tea in a handmade cozy. Food is prepared on-site, made with 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, as the house is listed with the Wayne Historical Society as the first official post office in 1895.
More info: Visit www.highsocieteanj.com or call 973-696-8327.
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. 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 www.sallylunns.com or call 908-879-7731.
Central Jersey Tea Houses
Where: 415 Westfield Avenue, Westfield
Details: This farm-to-table restaurant and tea room is located in a charming Victorian home in Westfield. Tea service and lunch are offered Tuesday through Friday afternoons, with brunch seatings on the weekends. Host a private party in any one of the three dining rooms and your guests will be treated to 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&Js instead of the more adult varieties of tea sandwiches.
More info: Visit www.mulberryhouserestaurant.com or call 908-233-3562.
One Steep at a Thyme
Where: 170 Gatzmer Avenue, Jamesburg
Details: The Hippeli family purchased their Victorian home in Jamesburg with the intent of creating a charming, elegant setting for a tearoom…and that 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. Sip tea with your companions and take a break from the bustle of daily life in a relaxed, soothing environment.
Why I like it: One Steep at a Thyme can accommodate private parties of up to 25 guests.
More info: Visit www.onesteepatathyme.com or call 732-641-2570.
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. Fresh flowers and linens top each table as an attentive wait staff take care of you. 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: Stop by the Carriage House Boutique on your way out to purchase all the accoutrements to recreate your tea experience at home. Teapots, teacups and assorted gifts are all available.
More info: Visit www.teaberrys.com or call 908-788-1010.
Jersey Shore Tea Houses
A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe & Tea Room
Where: 721 South Main Street (Route 9), Forked River
Details: This family-owned and operated business has been open since January 2012. The atmosphere is warm, cozy and inviting. They have a full-service bakery and tea room, and serve a full high tea lunch daily. (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 www.asweetmemory.net or call 609-242-0153.
Where: 68 First Avenue, Suite K, Atlantic Highlands
Details: TeaScapes started as a mobile tea consulting business. But creator Kathleen Edinger wanted to give her customers something more; a relaxing spot where guests could enjoy a moment in time with friends, family or alone. TeaScapes offers signature blends like Beach Memories and Spring Break, as well as over 50 tea flavors. You’ll find a light fare menu of mostly local, organic, gluten- and dairy-free treats.
Why I like it: Check the website for fun events hosted here, like book clubs and open mic nights.
More info: Visit www.enjoyteascapes.com or call 732-203-5100.
Where: 600 Main Street, Toms River
Details: Take a step back in time to the Victorian era and indulge in the elegance of crisp linens, fine china and tiered luncheon servers. Full Afternoon Tea is available Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 4:00 pm, by reservation only. 600 Main is not just a tea room, however; it is also a well-known bed and breakfast. Why not make an entire weekend out of it?
Why I like it: If you have a larger party of 10 or more, the tea room will open by request on Sundays through Wednesdays.
More info: Visit www.600mainnj.com or call 732-818-7580.
South Jersey Tea Houses
The New Leaf Tea Room
Where: 606 Main Street, Riverton
Details: This spot is housed within a restored 1910 Victorian storefront and an adjacent house. The decor for this charming Victorian parlor consists of crystal chandeliers, Oriental carpets and tapestries. 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 www.thenewleaftearoom.com or call 856-786-0323.
Boukakuan Japanese Tea House and Garden
Where: 1832 Jacksonville Jobstown Road, Bordentown
Details: This traditional Japanese tea house is open by appointment only. Book the space a week in advance for up to five people and you’ll enjoy learning the proper way to enjoy Japanese tea. 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 www.njgreentea.com or call 609-265-9566.
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, 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 planned for you to enjoy with loved ones.
More info: Visit www.nuttyduchesstearoom.com or call 609-315-3376.
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High SocieTea / Facebook
Sally Lunn’s Tea Room & Restaurant / Facebook
Mulberry House Restaurant / Facebook
One Steep at a Thyme / Facebook
Teaberry’s Tea Room / Facebook
A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe and Tea Room / Facebook
TeaScapes / Facebook
600 Main Bed & Breakfast and Victorian Tearoom / Facebook
New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe / Facebook
Boukakuan Japanese Tea House / Facebook
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