I have my last Wednesday off .... My office was so wonderful to give us compressed work weeks for the our summers. Which means, I work 4 ten hour days, but then I have another day off during the week. I have loved it!!! I had about 12 Wednesdays off and 11 of those involved getting tea :)
I am sad to have my last mid-week day off, but it has been wonderful!!! This last day I asked my cousin to go to Trader's Joes, she was in. Then she said she could also use some tea too...how could I say no?! I am always in for tea.
After a few minutes on-line, I discovered Strongsville had a tea room. After looking at the menu and all the options and good prices, we decided this was the place for us.
They had cute tea decor outside and an adorable fairy garden.
This tea room is right off the highway, nestled in nice quiet area. It is an 1800 farm house that has 2 rooms downstairs for tea, an outdoor patio and four rooms upstairs.
I went with the Orange Blossom Oolong. I love oolong. I asked how they served their tea, and they said that they put the loose leaf tea in the pot and serve it. I asked for a tea ball. The pot was delicious I drank the entire pot.
**I recommend that you ALWAYS get a tea ball with your tea in it. Wonderful tea rooms like Miss Molly's and Dragon Fly are delightful but they serve the tea incorrectly. And so does Miss Hickory's. ****You need to steep your tea for only a few minutes. If you let it steep too long, only your first cup is perfect. Your following cups of tea will be bitter. *** If you get a tea ball and steep for a the proper amount of time, your tea will always be perfect.
I knew I had to do the $15 Afternoon tea. It had a little bit of everything.
My cousin and I really enjoyed our lunch! (okay, yes it was my day off and I was a little casual)
BLT finger sandwich, Lemon Tea Bread, Scone with clotted cream and jam, Egg Salad finger sandwich, Cucumber finger sandwich, chicken salad in a wonton cup, and strawberries.
My favorite was the chicken salad in the wonton cup. Also the lemon tea bread was so good.
They had seating outside on the patio.
We sat in the front room, there is also a room in the back of the house, along with a powder room.
There are four themed rooms and two power rooms upstairs.
More upstairs rooms.
They also sell their teas, and other treats there.
This place is a real gem. I am fan. If you are in the area or looking for a fun place to try, you should check this place out. It is hard to believe it is right near the hustle and bustle of the mall area.