I like Maudee's in the Highland Park area. (East of the tollway on the south side of Lover's lane.) Call ahead. Reasonable price and they love what they do! Ask them to explain the tradition of afternoon tea once you arrive and sit down. Kids of all ages love this - youngest that I would recommend is probably 5 - based on attention span and manners. They can offer 'fruit' teas for the kiddies - like hot punch! You will be FULL when you are done - make it a late lunch.
4333 Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
We ended up trying the afternoon tea at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel. $25 included a personal pot of tea (from a selection of 7 varieties), and the traditional three tier tea tray. There's an option for a glass of champagne as well, but not sure what the price is as we didn't choose it. The top tier was tea sandwiches - dry bread, meager and uninspired fillings - very disappointing. The second tier was scones - light yet substanstial and moist, accompanied by clotted cream and a delicious strawberry preserve. And the bottom tier was a selection of petit fours - lemon tart, chocolate mousse, and a shot glass filled with something not as sweet as the rest but I can't quite recall what - all were wonderfully executed.
The sandwiches were very disappointing, and the location was a letdown as well. Afternoon tea is served in the hotel lobby - there are a few arm chairs around tables and two settings with a sofa. But you're caught in the crosstraffic of people entering/exiting the hotel, and passing through to get to the Crescent shops. So it's not relaxing. I asked if tea is served in the garden conservatory during nicer days, but was told that it didn't happen since the outdoors section belonged to the hotel restaurant. That being said, the setting did suit the non-feminine decor that I was looking for.
The experience was enjoyable and reasonably priced. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't go back again.
I wanted to provide an update since I recently tried high/afternoon tea at the Adolphus. The service is hands-down the best I've ever experienced anywhere for afternoon tea -attentive yet not hovering, knowledgeable but not condescending. In reference to AussieGirl's original post, I did not find the place stuck up at all.
The selection of teas was diverse and I loved the unique aspect of matching teas to each course. So rather than an individual pot of tea per person, you get the choice of one pot per course. This worked really well - we chose a robust roobois to go along with the savoury sandwiches, a traditional earl grey with the second course of scones, and a sweeter vanilla infused tea to match the petits fours.
Service and tea selection were the high points. The food was terribly disappointing. I missed the traditional three-tiered tray - instead each course came out individually which means that I wasn't able to mix my desserts with my sandwiches. But that's just a personal preference.
The savoury course was five finger sandwiches: curry chicken on a mini-croissant (decent), double-decker egg salad on white bread with chopped chives on one side (tasty), cheap deli turkey slice with mustard on hard dry bread, and cucumber slices with cream cheese (bland), and tomato with mozzarella (also bland). None of the sandwiches were delicious - and honestly, I was quite disappointed especially considering the high price of the whole affair.
For the second course, there was only one scone per person. It was dry, had more of a biscuit consistency, and contained sultanas (which I don't like). The scone was accompanied with devonshire cream and a berry preserve that was much much much too sweet and didn't contain any fruit.
The final course consisted of a few petits fours - nothing memorable. And this was followed by two truffles.
The atmosphere is much more inviting than the Rosewood Crescent - the armchairs are comfortable, there was a live piano player, and the walls have beautiful tapestries to look at. However, the food at the Adolphus was sub-par to the Rosewood and definitely not worth the money.
My search for a good afternoon tea service in Dallas continues....
Go to Village Tea Company, they are a new establishment where Forest Meets Preston. I went there and they make crepes and have really nice tea. The service is excellent, also, which is always a big plus.
Their address is: 11661 Preston Road, Suite 210, Dallas TX, 75230 (got it off the website)
Has anyone ever been to Arlington Hall at Lee Park? I'm not sure, but I think that I heard that it is run by the person who did the tea's at Lady Primrose. I hope that I am giving accurate info. Here is the website, it looks like it has a wide variety of tea menu's.
Any updates on good afternoon/high tea places in Dallas? The Petit Fours place in uptown seems to be closed.
The Rosewood Hotel offers one on weekends for $25 - has anyone tried it before? I'm looking for a place that isn't too "feminine" as my companion will be a male, and preferably somewhere with excellent scones and friendly, attentive service.
This is right up my alley..I'm still upset that Inessa Stewart dropped their tea!
I do enjoy The Chocolate Angel in Richardson. It's a bit more of a casual ladies' lunch sort of place.
My favorite place is "Petite Fours: A Bakery" in Dallas. It's in UpTown. There are teas already listed for each part of the tea. However, you can request a different tea up front. Quaint room, really good food, and nice service. The scones are quite small, I'll warn you. But, they are really good!
I'm not a fan of Maudee's. I think this is because I'm a chicken salad fanatic and don't care for theirs.
There are a few days left for the Spring Tea at the Arboretum. If you have time, that's a nice place to go for tea.
As for a tea shop, I agree that The Cultured Cup is the place to go.
Let us know where you go and what you think!
I love afternoon tea! It is sad that Lady Primrose has now shut down because I thought that it was more of a homey, cozy setting. I agree with you that the Adolphus is um... kinda a stiff place to relax and have tea, so hopefully you can try one of these alternatives and have better luck. As someone mentioned, Maudee's is a nice place for tea. Very comfortable and fairly decent sandwiches and tarts, plus probably one of the best prices for tea that you will find. The Renaissance Garden Tea room is closed now. I thought the food was awesome, especially the scones (I base how good the tea is largely on the scones). I LOVE the Arboretum for Tea. Very nice setting, good food, awesome scones, but the price is $30 (parking and entrance to park is included) and it is only available around Christmas and the Dallas Blooms. I recently went to the Grand Lux at the Galleria for an afternoon tea and it was really, very good, except you only get one choice of tea and it isn't poured through the strainer! Good price, excellent scones and if you like lemon curd, this place has some really good stuff. I've tried La Duni and Lavendou for tea, but didn't like either. I've heard that they have tea at Arlington Hall at Lee Park, but never tried it b/c you have to have a party of 8 or more. They seem to have a lot of different options for your tea menu though. I also think that City Cafe off of Lovers at the Tollway has tea, but I haven't tried it yet. Good luck and I hope this helps someone.
Oh,also the Chocolate Angel Tea Room in Richardson, but I haven't made it there either.
I know of 2 tea rooms in Dallas... one is Maudee's, but i don't know where it is or what it's like, except that i make some of their scones and i know those are good. The other is the Renaissance Garden Cafe, which is on lovers lane somewhere between Inwood and 75 (i believe it is closer to the former). I haven't been, but i read some fantastic reviews and hope to try it out sometime soon.
The Cultured Cup is a small retail teashop on East of the Tollway Beltline in the same center as Chamberlains Steakhouse. While they do not serve tea, they do have a small setup in the back where they can brew up samples and they periodically hold seminars about tea and about how to host teas. They have a very large selection of loose-leaf teas and the store's owners are well educated and passionate about what they sell. (I once asked the owner where I could find clotted cream, and he immediately started describing to me how to make it at home).
They also have a small, but very nice (and unique) selection of teapots, cups, and other accessories. (Much of their selections seems to be made of unique things have picked-up here and there). When I need to purchase a gift for one of our more tea oriented members of the family, they have been very helpful and enthusiastic in assisting me put together a nice assortment.
Their website is www.culturedcup.com
As far as good places for afternoon go, I have no clue where to go besides the stuck-up places to which I have never been. I once took my wife and kids to a "tea" place on Mother's Day in an antique mall and we were shocked to find that they only served one kind of herbal tea and no green or black teas. They found it odd we would ask for tea. Apparently nobody orders tea there.
A year after the Mother's day fiasco, we started preparing our own tea for her on Mother's Day. The food turns out good and it provides a good excuse to purchase tea paraphernalia throughout the year.