Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tea in the Triangle - Downton Abbey Season 4 Premiere

Downton Abbey is back! Season 4 will premiere in the US tonight with a 2 hour opening episode that will pick up 6 months after the tragic death of brand new father, Matthew Crawley. I have to confess, I have already watched Season 4, but that won't stop me from watching it again and following along!

Just as watching Mad Men inspires me to dream about having the perfect home bar set up in our home one day, Downton Abbey inspires me to learn everything I can about the ritual of Afternoon Tea.

I shouldn't even tell you how many historical articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos I have watched recently in the effort to learn the proper way to host a tea service. Milk first? Savories before sweets? Proper way to eat a scone?? Serve from the left?!? It seems like an exhausting endeavor, with a WIDE margin of error, but even so, I get excited thinking about having my girl friends over for tea one day.

Besides, the Dowager Countess won't be there to scold me when I decide to eat the sweets first and serve finger-sized bagel bites with lox and cream cheese alongside my favorite chai tea - I will have my tea my way! Cheers!

In honor of the US season 4 premiere, I have put together a short guide to tea in the Triangle for those of you who are fellow Downton lovers like me, or for local tea lovers. If you know of any other local retailers or tea service locations, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments.

Places to Buy Tea in the Triangle
Tin Roof Teas // 419 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605

NOFO Market // 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh NC 27608

The Olde English Tea Room // 219 South White St. Wake Forest, NC 27587

Trader Joe's // 3000 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
Not a local tea distributor, but some of my favorite teas in our cupboard came from Trader Joe's.  

Places to go for Tea Service in the Triangle
Umstead hotel and Spa // 100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513
Served in the hotel lobby lounge Wednesday – Sunday from 2:30-4pm. Guest will enjoy individual pots of tea, and a three course tea with sandwiches, scones and a 3 tiered array of sweets. Live harpist accompaniment adds to the soothing environment.

If you would like a glimpse at the Umstead's afternoon tea service, be sure to read Afternoon Tea at The Umstead Hotel and Spa by local food blogger, Kristen Baughman, on the visitRaleigh Blog.

The Olde English Tea Room // 219 South White St. Wake Forest, NC 27587
Nestled in historic downtown Wake Forest, The Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shoppe is known for having a quaint ambiance and two enchanting settings: the bright and cheerful Victorian room, and the Library, which offers a more serene mood. Both rooms are enhanced with classical music, candle light or fresh flowers, fireplaces, table linens, and china. Full menu of High Tea, Afternoon Tea, and Low Tea as well as group luncheons and special occasions. all served in the Victorian room.

The Carolina Inn // 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Served in the cozy hotel lobby adorned with antique furniture or the elegant Piedmont Dining Room overlooking our garden terrace Thursday through Sunday beginning at 2:30pm. Guest will enjoy individual pots of seasonal tea, three assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets per person, chocolate covered strawberries and scones. By appointment only.

The Washington Duke Inn // 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705
In remembrance of more genteel times, afternoon ea is served in the Fairview Dining Room, Wednesday - Sunday from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. The Classic Tea offers guests a wide selection of teas from Republic of Tea. Served with a variety of tea sandwiches, fresh homemade scones and a variety of hand crafted sweets.

Daisy Cakes // 401 A Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and relax with a soothing cup of tea and delicious finger sandwiches and pastries. The menu changes seasonally and they offer a variety of gluten free options. Tea is served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and  Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The price is $20 per person and reservations within 48 hrs are required.


Cheers to a new season!

1 comment :

  1. I am so excited that Downton Abbey is back! I have been to Tin Roof Teas in Cameron Village and I am always impressed with their selection!