Monday, February 16, 2009
Tea at Seven Springs
For the sixth year in a row, my sweetheart has treated me to afternoon tea for Valentine's Day, and this year we went to a totally new (to me) tearoom, Tea at Seven Springs in Powder Springs, Ga. My tea friend Beth had praised this tearoom after visiting, and now that I have been myself I see why she was so impressed. This is a tearoom that did everything right. We had a short wait and were soon seated by a gracious hostess. The atmosphere was quiet and soothing and there was pretty instrumental music playing in the background.
About halfway through our tea, Alex said he believed the food was as good as we've ever had in a tearoom, and I had to agree with him. For our teas I selected the Earl Grey Supreme and he got the Darjeeling (from Harney & Sons, always a plus). Next came a teacup holding a serving of homemade vegetable soup (chunky and delicious) accompanied by a small cheddar cheese biscuit. Then, out came our three-tiered tray bearing a variety of goodies. The scones were large, round, powdered-sugared and chocolate chippy, with a texture we both found interesting: flaky but light exterior, moist and light interior. Fabulous! There was also a cup of frozen fruit salad and some fresh fruit. The sandwiches were cucumber, pimiento cheese (with pretty stacked layers), bacon and tomato on pumpernickel, and chicken salad on croissants. All yummy, and not a soggy one in the bunch. Finally, dessert! We had brownies with fudge sauce and a cherry on top, what I believe were white chocolate covered cream puffs, strawberry mousse in tart shells, and my favorite, raspberry cheesecake topped with mini-white chocolate chips. You will not leave this place hungry!
I asked if I could snap a few photos and our server told me to take all I wanted. I liked this huge teapot bearing a floral arrangement on the mantel.
There were about three other tables occupied while we were there, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, from a table of ladies to a young couple with a very well-behaved little boy who sat next to us!
The tearoom also had a very well-stocked gift shop, and I left with a rosy porcelain spoon, a necklace and earrings. Just doors away are more shops that might be of interest to tea-goers: a country store featuring primitives with a quilt section opening in early March, a consignment store, a used book store, and a store of country French antiques (named "Refind") that surely is one of the prettiest, most charming and elegant antique stores I've visited in quite a while. Of all the gifts my husband gives me, these Valentine's Day tea trips will always be my favorite!