Afternoon tea with an 11 year old- NOT downtown
I am giving my goddaughter a tea set for Christmas, and thought I'd pair it with a visit to a tea room... She's wanted to go since she saw it on Jon & Kate + 8 (ick, LOL).
So, I am looking for a child-friendly place with a real tea room atmosphere (not something like American Girl). We'd like tea served in a teapot, with pastries / savories / scones or such...
I've read a lot of recommendations on the boards for places downtown (Peninsula, Drake, and so on), but I do NOT want downtown... We need a place with nearby parking, due to a physical handicap. On-street parking is fine, as long as it's very close and likely to be available. :-) I'd also prefer the place not be too horribly expensive.
Anyone know of a place that fits? Any help would be great. :-)
The Celtic Knot in Evanston has alovely afternoon tea a couple of times a week (Wed/Sat), complete with tiny sandwiches, devon cream, and individual teapots. I always have liked it as a more genteel, gracious way to spend an afternoon. Might fit the bill...
And the street parking is pretty good, or Whole Foods next door has roof top parking and an elevator.
The Pickwick Tea Room is exactly what you are looking for. http://pickwicktearoom.com/ It's in Frankfort, IL. It's a bit far south but has parking right out front, and is fantastic. I'm really looking forward to taking my daughter there.
Please check it out. The tea and atmosphere are amazing, and the scones with clotted cream are a real treat!