Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wenham Tea House, Wenham, Mass., is One of the Oldest Tea Houses in the U.S.

If you love warm New England traditions, the Wenham Tea House in Wenham, Mass., might just be your cup of tea.

As one of the oldest tea houses in the United States dating back to 1912, the charming decor and ambiance along with some old-fashioned hospitality remains true to its original form -- albeit with a twist of 21st century servings on the side.

This cozy North Shore tea house still specializes in a wonderful afternoon tea but also offers breakfast, lunch, a Friday night dinner, Sunday brunch, bakery, gift shop and take-out service. It's a great place to go as part of a day trip or as part of a vacation near Salem, Rockport, Gloucester, Newburyport and Ipswich, but also as a destination for group parties. They also have a children's tea.

Some of the lunch items include sandwiches, soups and salads, mac and cheese, lobster bisque, chicken pot pie,  roasted turkey dinner, homemade crab cakes while Friday dinner currently includes duck breast, tenderloin of beef and stuffed sole.

The philanthropic Wenham Village Improvement Society owns the Wenham Tea House, so profits go to improving this already beautiful North Shore town  "through scholarships, summer programs, and other philanthropies." So, dining here creates a mutually beneficial scenario: you get to dine or just have tea in an absolutely wonderfully, unique, time-tested setting, and Wenham benefits in the process. We'd rather spend our money here in this cozy, humble little spot than just some restaurant in it for just the money!

Wenham Tea House is located at 4 Monument St. in Essex MA. Tel. (978) 468-1398. We recommend visiting its web site to check for hours and special events.
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