Well hallelujah and pass the scones, there's a new place to take tea here in Coweta County! The Veranda, a well-known B&B in Senoia, started offering "Tea on Tuesday" a few weeks ago, and my shopkeeper friend Liz and I finally found a Tuesday where we both were able to go! First, we walked in and entered a parlor type room where scones, cream, jam and glasses of iced peach tea were waiting (sorry, but I was famished and didn't stop for a photo!). The scones were delicious, and I enjoyed being able to meet and greet a few of the Senoia ladies I rarely get to see since I am almost always in downtown Newnan at lunchtime. After a few minutes of mingling and eating scones (and the almond-flavored cream, which was divine!), we were led to one of several rooms set up with tables laden with teatime fare.
Some larger groups of women had obviously made their reservations together, but there were also tables for two like my friend and I enjoyed.
I was surprised at the amount of food we received, and very, very glad I had skipped breakfast! First, we had a pot of hot peach tea on our table, and iced teas (which we later had) were available as well. Here are the milk, sugar and lemon for the tea.
We began our meal with an orzo pasta soup, which was tasty and quite hearty, and a Brie and Lentil salad I really enjoyed since I can't seem to get enough vegetables lately!
And now, the tea tray! Our three sandwiches included roasted turkey and cranberry chutney (served on a potato roll, so filling!), a cucumber sandwich and a pimiento cheese sandwich. Sweets included a creamy fresh blueberry dessert, chocolate chip and walnut cookies, pound cake and mini cheesecakes. Liz and I agreed the cheesecakes were our favorite, but then we both *love* sweets. I should also mention that this bounty was just $15, which was more than reasonable, I thought.
Laura, innkeeper at The Veranda, really did a lovely job of making all her guests feel welcome. I was also impressed she took a few minutes to recognize some local artists on hand (including some whose works are featured in a new art gallery there) as well as some local business owners. She seems to really have a heart for bringing her Senoia neighbors together, and what better way to do this than over tea! For more information or to see the menu for the next tea, as I did, go here.