Where to have tea
The Blakemere Afternoon Tea at La Residence
Details: It offers a cream tea for $14.99, an afternoon tea for $22.99 and a holiday tea for about $25. The holiday tea, offered only in December, will include mince pies with brandy butter, yule log cake, ginger shortbread and a spiced sticky toffee pudding.
Known for: Clotted cream made from scratch from Maple View Farm and service with a British accent. Amanda Fisher, a native of Devon, England, owns The Blakemere Company, which produces clotted cream, cakes, jams and other treats for a proper English tea. Fisher’s products are available online ( theblakemerecompany.com) and at local shops, including Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NOFO at the Pig in Raleigh, Savory Spice Shop in North Raleigh and Peak Olive Oil in Cary. She also offers delivery within a 15-mile radius of Chapel Hill.
Where: La Residence restaurant, 202 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.
When: The tea is usually served from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. But in December, the dates have changed. The teas will be offered on one Thursday, Dec. 5, and three Sundays – Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
Reservations: Preferred. 919-967-2506 or laresidencedining.com
The Carolina Inn
Details: In December, they offer a little prince/princess holiday tea – $17 for children ages 4-6 and $21 for children ages 7-12. The little prince/princess tea offers kid-friendly menu items, such as cupcakes and peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches. The classic holiday tea for $25 includes tea, three sandwiches, scones, three sweets and two chocolate-covered strawberries. The royal holiday tea for $34 includes all of that plus a glass of sparkling wine.
Known for: The tea selection includes Earl Grey and English breakfast, as well as several black, green and white teas, herbal tisanes and rooibos.
Where: 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill
When: Holiday teas are 2-5 p.m. every day in December except Christmas. From January through November, the inn offers tea 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Groups of 10 or more can book a party on Mondays-Wednesdays. Prices are $12 to $29. The inn also offers bridal and baby shower teas for $30 per person.
Reservations: Required, at least 24 hours in advance. Reserve now – it usually has waiting lists by next week. 919-918-2777 or carolinainn.com
The Old English Tea Room
Details: It offers tea and lunch every day except Sundays. A children’s tea for $10.95, which includes tea or pink lemonade, an afternoon tea for $16.95 and a four-course high tea for $21.95.
Known for: Old-fashioned hats, scarves and gloves line the wall as you walk into the tea room. Children and adults are welcome to dress up for tea. The tomato pie is among the most popular menu items. The tea room also sells more than 50 varieties of loose-leaf teas to take home.
Where: 219 S. White St., Wake Forest.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, closed on Sundays.
Reservations: Recommended. 919-556-6910 or oldeenglishtearoom.com
Weathervane restaurant at Southern Season
Details: Afternoon tea is offered once a month. For $19, guests enjoy tea, assorted tea sandwiches, assorted breads, pastries and mini desserts.
Known for: The wide selection of teas from Southern Season’s tea department, including the popular Organic Carolina Breakfast Tea, which is available for purchase for two- and four-ounce packages.
Where: 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, at University Mall
When: 3 p.m. Dec. 10
Reservations: 919-913-1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Details: They offer a classic tea for $25 featuring Republic of Tea teas, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. The Tea Royale is $32 and includes a glass of sparkling wine.
Known for: Classic scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, as well as cucumber sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and lemon tarts. The inn is open to tailoring the menu to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Where: 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham.
When: Afternoon holiday tea is offered 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-Jan. 5. The rest of the year, afternoon tea is offered 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.
Reservations: Required. 919-493-6699 or washingtondukeinn.com
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Details: Offered every afternoon except Mondays and Tuesdays. Guests can order one of seven Mighty Leaf loose-leaf teas, which are brewed in a French press. Tea is followed by a three-course meal, including assorted tea sandwiches, a scone and muffin served with lemon curd, Devonshire cream and fruit preserves, and an array of tiny sweets served on a silver tea stand. Cost is $32 per person. Sparkling wine is also available.
Known for: The menu indicates the caffeine level of each tea. The seasonal “verrine,” similar to a trifle or layered dessert in a small glass, changes daily. A recent one included spiced milk chocolate cream, walnut crumble and a pomegranate gelee.
Where: 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.
When: 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.
Reservations: Required, at least 24 hours in advance. 919-447-4000 or theumstead.com