Review Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shoppe Wake forest, North Carolina
My wife and I stumbled upon The Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shoppe quite by accident. We had recently moved to North Carolina, and were devoting our weekends to exploring towns in the Triangle area. On this particular weekend the town of Wake Forest was our target for adventure.
Walking through downtown Wake Forest is a stroll through the late 1800s and early 1900s. The storefronts, connected together like row houses, are quaint and charming, inviting the traveler to stop and visit. One storefront that immediately caught our eye was the two-story, white brick building boasting a sign that announced ?The Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shop.? We were drawn in ? helpless to resist.
As soon as you pass through the front door, you travel back in time to the British Isles of the 19th century. The tea room offers two seating venues: the Library and the Victorian room. The Library looked to offer quiet relaxation. The Victorian room was warm and inviting with decor and accessories compatible with the period. Both rooms offered unobtrusive classical music, fireplaces, and candle light. We were immediately drawn to the Victorian room. By the time we were seated at our linen covered table, we had already had a memorable good time.
The wait staff was efficient, polite, and appropriately dressed for the period. After being seated, we were quickly served with a menu, and a candle was brought to the table and lit. The selection of teas was impressive. They offered over thirty types of loose leaf teas, including green teas, and herbals. My wife, being swept up in the old English ambiance, ordered an Earl Grey, which she prefers plain without lemon. I, feeling a bit more rebellious than she, ordered a cup of Irish Afternoon, which I promptly seasoned with sugar and a splash of cream.
The luncheon menu is varied and substantial offering Chicken Divan, Shepherd?s Pie, and several variations of soups and sandwiches. They even offer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the youngsters. We happened to be there later in the afternoon during ?Afternoon Tea?, and satisfied our appetites with tea sandwiches and a scone ? both delicious. We spent about one hour in the main tea room savoring the tea, the music, and the atmosphere.
It was with considerable reluctance that we got up to return to the 21st century.
Fortunately, we did experience a delightful reprieve in the gift shop, which features an impressive selection of teapots, teacups, and tea ware, and offers their complete selection of loose leaf teas for sale at quite reasonable prices.
The Olde English Tea Room & Gift Shoppe is located at 219 South White Street in Wake Forest, North Carolina ? a short 20-minute drive from Raleigh. It?s well worth the ride.
"Been there, did that"
I agree, the Olde English Tea Room is an absolute delight to visit. Their teas and scones make the visit perfect. The store within itself offers so many choices for every tea need. Every time I visit beautiful North Carolina I must visit the Tea Room, make no mistake, there is only one Olde English Tea Room and I have purchased everything they have to offer and have been so delighted that back home, in Florida, I make good use of all my tea accesories and dream I am back in North Carolina at the "Tea Room" enjoying a cozy wonderful moment with a very nice cup of tea, scone and apple-butter. Life passes by quickly, so please do not pass up a visit to the Olde English Tea Room. Almost forgot to mention, the people that greet and serve are such a tremendous accent to the Tea Room, they make you feel so welcome and keep you wanting to come back every time. Many blessings to the Olde English Tea Room(s), personnel, and Wake Forest, you make every visit a wonderful moment to cherish! GOD bless you all!