Nostalgic for my days of living in England, I purchased a Groupon for the Gilbertsville Tea Room. I thought this would be a great outing for my mother and I. It was quite a drive from our home in Chester County but well worth it. The Tea Room is certainly the highlight of main street in Gilberstville. You can’t miss the building with its bright pink facade!
Upon entering we were greeted by the owner, Patty, and she showed us to our table. Groupon is truly a wonderful marketing tool. The place was nearly full and it took us weeks to make a reservation. As we waited for our tea service to begin, my mother and I couldn’t help getting into the tea spirit. We admired the decor and we whimsically talked about having tea parties.
Before leaving England, I tried to convince my mother she needed a nice tea set. She declined. Now she wants to get her hand on a tea set. Thanks to the show Keeping up Appearances, when I think of tea I only think of Royal Doulton china.
One of the things I enjoyed about the Gilbertsville Tea room was the fact that Patty’s daughter was working with her. Inside the menu Patty wrote about being a mother and when her last child was preparing to enter school she had a “now what” moment. It was at that time that she was invited to several tea parties and was inspired to start her own tea house. Her family was there every step of the way helping her to pick out the location, helping her to decorate, and even working in the tea house.
Owning a tea room/coffee shop/cafe is one of my bucket list dreams. So to see someone following their dreams is truly inspiring.
So what does one do at an afternoon tea? In addition to socialize and drink tea, we also enjoyed some delicious food! Our Groupon entitled us to the 5-course tea which consisted of scones, salad, soup, entrée, and desert. The scones were to die for and fresh out of the oven. The salad left a little to the imagination, but my mother raved about the potato soup. We opted for the Quiche instead of the sandwiches with the crust off of. We had way too many options for desert, but when it was all said and done, our bellies were FULL. It was a great mommy and daughter day and we left with full hearts as well!