One of the Best Afternoon Tea Rooms in Greenwich, CT
Are you looking for an afternoon tea room in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut?
Relax and enjoy a casual tête-à-tête with your friends while enjoying finger sandwiches and other dainties prepared at our downtown Greenwich, CT, inn.
In warmer months, you can remark on the flowers and butterflies fluttering by your bistro table. And in the colder months, enjoy the warmth of the fire in our bed and breakfast dining room as you catch-up with your closest friends.
You can even add afternoon tea to your reservation at Stanton House Inn and enjoy a late checkout or early checkin to savor the experience at your leisure.
Sounds good to you? Read on.
The start of Afternoon Tea in CT
Around the turn of the nineteenth century, legend has it that the Duchess of Bedford started ordering tea and a light snack mid-day to keep her energy up between meals. She soon started inviting her friends to afternoon tea, followed by a walk around her grounds.
High Tea versus Afternoon Tea
What Americans call “high tea” is actually not the aristocratic experience we think of in the United Kingdom!
High tea referred to the tables used to serve tea, in this case, the high tables families typically ate dinner. In Britain, high tea was traditionally a lower-class affair. Upper-class Britain, meanwhile, enjoyed afternoon tea.
After World War I, the Ritz Hotel in London began serving a formal afternoon tea to tourists, which it called, “high tea”. British hotels serving what they called high tea to tourists is likely the source of the name confusion in the rest of the world, including the States.
Afternoon Tea in Connecticut
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the area known as New England has long had an affinity for all things British.
Traditionally British things like bed and breakfasts and afternoon tea have long had a presence in Connecticut.
Opening the newest of the Tea Rooms in Greenwich, CT, to celebrate a few anniversaries
The year 2020 marks a few major anniversaries we’re celebrating at Stanton House Inn.
Women’s Suffrage and Tea Rooms in CT
About a century ago, in 1920, women won the right to vote in America.
But the push for independence didn’t end there. In fact, many women opened female-only tea rooms across the United States. They were among the first entirely women-owned and women-staffed businesses in America.
While some tea rooms opened in outbuildings at gas stations, or free-standing buildings; many women opened their tea rooms right in their homes. Dining rooms and living rooms of American middle class women became tea rooms during the Prohibition era.
Continuing the Tradition at Stanton House Inn
2020 also marks the 35th anniversary of Stanton House Inn, named after suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Over the last 35 years, our bed and breakfast inn has been solely focused on serving visitors to Greenwich, Connecticut.
Since taking the inn over in 2019, Innkeeper Colin wanted to provide an amenity to his entire neighborhood.
And what better way to open our doors than following in the footsteps of the great women that sparked such major social change in the early 1900s?
Who’s Serving Afternoon Tea in Downtown Greenwich, CT
Anette has worked in the hospitality industry for decades, and at Stanton House Inn for many years.
A standard fixture at the inn on weekends, we can’t say which inn guests appreciate more: Anette, or her baked goods. It’s easy to understand why, as she trained as a pastry chef.
Anette has worked throughout the Connecticut Gold Coast, including:
- Thomas Henkelmann restaurant
- Inn at National Hall
- Dolce International Conference Destinations
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Anette now lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Afternoon Tea Menu at Our Tea Room
The traditional full afternoon tea menu consists of:
- Finger sandwiches or other small savories
- Scones served with jam and a clotted cream
- Sweets such as cookies, shortbread, cake slices, or small cakes or pastries
But Anette’s adding a Swedish twist to her menu to go with her excellent pastries.
Click here for our seasonal menus:
Host Afternoon Tea Events at Stanton House Inn
Afternoon tea is perfect for a casual meeting with friends and family.
And an afternoon tea party can also be a great choice for hosting:
- Bridal showers
- Baby showers
- Birthday celebrations
Contact us for more details if you’d like us to host your next tea party gathering!
Want to learn more about our Greenwich, Connecticut, Tea Room?
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Our Foodie guide to Greenwich includes all of the top picks in downtown Greenwich and Old Greenwich, including:
- Bistro Versailles
- Meli-Melo Creperie
- L’Escale restaurant
- The Granola Bar
- Beach House Cafe
- Back 40 Kitchen
- Aux Delices Foods
- The Drawing Room
And much more.
We can’t wait to see you!