Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hawthorn Tea Room

The Hawthorn Tea Room has been serving tea in Old Town Tacoma for over seven years.  They are located just west of McCarver Street on North 30th Street.


The decor is warm and charming and there is plentiful seating.  The table settings are lovely and there is a nice view of Commencement Bay through the windows.  If you're dining with a group, you may want to arrive early to secure the seat at your table with the best view.



The staff at Hawthorn Tea Room are knowledgeable and friendly and will gladly make recommendations and answer any questions you might have.  As a tea enthusiast, I especially appreciate the thoughtful selection process the owner uses in creating her tea menu.

On the day of my visit, a local watercolor artist was presenting her artwork which was a nice treat on an already beautiful Spring day.


If you would like to buy a gift for yourself or someone you know, tea cups and saucers, teas, paintings, books, and jewelry (including beautiful pieces made from broken tea cups) are all available for sale.

The Hawthorn Tea Room offers a wide selection of teas and there are sample bottles near the entrance to help with the decision making process.


Since this was my first visit, I had to experience their Afternoon Tea set, the Hawthorn Blossom Luncheon Tea.  For those with a bigger appetite, they also offer the Monarch High Tea.

My tea selection was Dragonwell, which was prepared exactly to my strength preference before it was brought to the table.  There are no strainers and wet leaves to handle and the teapot spouts are dripless.  Refills are free and will also be prepared before the teapot is returned to the table.


The sandwiches with my tea set were artichoke chicken, cucumber watercress with herb cream, tuna and water chestnut, and ham stripe with herb cream cheese.  The sweets were a coconut joy (gluten-free) cookie, a creamy jumble cookie, and a buried treasure cupcake alongside a variety of in-season fresh fruits.  My choice of scones was cranberry orange, accompanied by lemon curd and Devonshire cream.


While there was plentiful seating during my visit, do call in for reservations for Afternoon Tea or High Tea to allow them to prepare in advance and shorten your wait time.

Most of the food is made fresh in the tea room and, with two days notice, they can accommodate most dietary restrictions. They do make a special effort to prevent cross-contamination when preparing gluten-free items.

If you're in the area or just passing through, do consider a visit to the delightful Hawthorn Tea Room.

Address:
2208 N 30th St #101, Tacoma, WA 98403

Hours:
11:00am - 4:00pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Hawthorn Tea Room closed in 2015.

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