English Tea Room

Last week I talked about my mission to try every variety of tea offered at my favorite “local” tea shop and I thought you might like to know little about the shop itself.

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English Tea Room is in historic downtown Covington, in an artsy district with specialty shops, boutiques, art galleries and the like.  There is a barber shop in the neighborhood that’s 1950’s pin-up themed, to give you an idea.  And Covington itself is a bedroom community for older folks that’s a pretty even mix of vintage and modern, there are cupcake shops run out of old homes and a megaplex movie theater that serves full meals.  It’s the type of community that hosts an annual art festival in the streets, if that tells you anything.

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The tea house itself is everything you would expect.  It’s chock full of knickknacks and antiques and tea cups and tea accessories.

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There are tons of old photos and quirky little signs.

And different rooms for tea service, each with their own name and little theme.

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Outside there is even more decor.

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In the front there’s a phone booth, perfect for pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the back there’s a rose garden, that, when it’s in bloom, is so precious.20170311_164032

English Tea Room hosts parties, like bridal showers, and children’s teas and also has its own events calendar for themed events, like a Downtown Abbey Dinner and a Christmas tea.

Breakfast Quiche

 

 
They serve food, there’s a full food menu available all day.  I ALWAYS get the breakfast quiche, because who doesn’t love a well made quiche.  Yin gets the Buckingham Bake, also breakfast, but there are salad and sandwich offerings, soup and the choice of several High Tea services.

 

 

English Scones

One thing Yin and I can’t live without is the scones.  I’m a traditional vanilla scone myself, my Yin likes the lemon lavender with clotted cream and lemon curd.

The staff is always super friendly and attentive.  We’ve even met the owners on several occasions and they’s always so kind and welcoming.

 

 

I think the best part though, is the rewards program.  Every time we go to the tea house we get rewards like free pots of tea or free food, just because we’re regular customers.  Makes us even more willing to come back.

While there are other tea houses in our state, and we might eventually get around to seeing some of them, English Tea Room is out spot, for now, and we’re very happy with that.

DeeDee

English Tea Room tea menu

Mission Impossible: Tea Menu

Hello again, and Happy New Year!

I’ve missed y’all and this little blog while I’ve been away.  And I’m glad to FINALLY be back.

So, I won’t waste too much time talking about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, no where and nothing, and instead we can talk about more important things: TEA!

This past weekend my Yin and I took a trip to Covington to visit our favorite tea shop, English Tea Room.  It’s been our place since we moved here almost 2 years ago and it’s our monthly ritual to make the hour and a half drive to go drink tea, knit and generally be princesses.

We went last Saturday to finally do our birthday celebration for mine from back in February.  Basically, we get tea, we order food and we lounge for hours at the tea house like Victorian ladies would have.

I’ll tell you all about the tea room, with pictures and a review, in case you ever find yourself in Louisiana and craving tea, but that will come later in the week.

For now, it’s all about Mission Impossible: Tea Menu!

English Tea Room has over 200 teas on their menu, black, flavored black, Oolong, green, white, Pu-erh, herbal, fruit, Rooibos, Chai, organic, mate, and special blends.  And they add teas all the time.

And, of course, Yin and I have vowed to try them all, because we’re psychotic.

The system at the shop, when you order a pot of tea you get a free refill and the refill can be any kind, not exclusively the one your ordered the first time, helps us in trying to taste them all.

But what hinders us is that we both already found our dream teas, and that’s all we want to drink now.  Yin loves Maan tea, a Rooibos blend that tastes like caramel candy.  My tea of choice is Paris which is a black tea with black currant, vanilla and Bergamot.

Already having favorites makes it so hard to try new things but we managed to branch out on this trip.

Mocha Rocha Roobias teaI ordered Mocha Rocha Rooibos, described as “Ethiopian mocha coffee highlights with lightly sweet chocolate caramel notes”.  It was delicious!  You can really smell the chocolate and caramel and the tea is bold and flavorful.

Lady Londonberry black teaThe second tea I ordered was Royal Bengal Tiger, but I didn’t drink that.  My first cup was bitter, probably from over-brewing, but I didn’t like it too much even when cream and sugar was added.  But I did drink the tea Yin ordered, Lady Londonberry.  That one was much better, and we switched pots.  Lady Londonberry is described as “Good flowery, malty cup with hints of strawberry and lemon”.  Yin ordered it because she loves strawberries and lemons but she ended up like the Royal Bengal Tiger I ordered, despite the bitterness.  Just one of the benefits of having a yin to your yang!

That puts me two teas down, counting Paris, I’ve tried all of 3, only 197 more to go!

Mission Impossible: Tea Menu

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By the way, I got the idea to share the tea mission from my friend Jordan and her blog My Vintage Tea Party.  She shares all about her love of tea and vintage, you should check her out if you’re into that kind of thing.

That’s all from me for now.  I’ll be back later in the week for more fun (hopefully!).

DeeDee