Exactly 1 year ago today, I was in England and had nearly reached London coming from Portsmouth. The next day we finally had tea (in Selfridges, see here), but I never got to try full afternoon tea in England. Been sort of obsessed with finding it for the past few weeks. Sadly, Jacksonville only has 2 tea places, one of which has great food but isn’t exactly traditional. Then I found The Gryphon.
I visited Savannah, Georgia yesterday where The Gryphon Tea Room is located right across from the art college’s (SCAD’s) student shop. It used to be a Pharmacy at the turn of the century.
On Sundays they’re open from 11 – 3. We arrived at 2. I was worried it would be on the late side but ended up being perfect (minus a few items being off the menu since they’d had a crowd that day); we got one of the best tables.
Parking is hard – we found a lot that was free on weekends, though conveniently it didn’t say that anywhere. We only found out when someone told us after fumbling at the credit-only pay machine for 5 minutes.
mortar and pestle
The stained glass over the chandelier/lamp is so beautiful; what a centerpiece!
The entire place is just as eye-catching. It has an old world ornateness that you almost never see this far into the south.
Their afternoon tea is $18 per person. They had maybe 8 kinds of tea to choose from. I choose one with orange and berry tones – called a something Autumn. Don’t remember exactly.
cell phone picture, blah, but you get the idea
The tea set-up, above, before food arrives…
What I’ve been waiting for! A 3-tiered vision of yumminess.
cream and jam for the scone
The cream was amazing – tasted like clotted cream, just like a whipped sweet butter.
The scone tasted fresh and was perfect with the cream and jam…though I prefer just cream.
2 of these (above) were cucumber; the other 2 were chicken salad.
1 of 4 little desserts
I thought this dessert was a macaron at first, but it wasn’t really. It was a denser poppyseed cookie with strawberry icing in the middle. Very good! The others were a sort of shortbread cookie with a thin layer of jam in the middle, a chocolate cup with a melty caramel, and a rich chocolate mousse cup topped with a raspberry.
The bill comes inside of an old book rather than a standard black billfold thing.
I can’t get over how gorgeous the entire room was:
one of 2 couch-type areas above the rest of the seating
This was the main event, but we did walk around the rest of Savannah. It’s very old south, old Georgia. Oglethorpe is everywhere.
I really enjoyed The Gryphon and would recommend it to anyone. They have brunch as well on Sundays, which I’ve heard is delicious. :)