The Secret Garden Tea Room is located in the Herbert Williams House, a beautifully appointed Victorian mansion, in Sumner on Elm Street East between Bonney Avenue and Wright Avenue.
Visitors might enjoy a brief detour through the gardens before going inside. A hummingbird feeder "tree" and teapot bird houses were some of my favorite touches.
While the tea room was quite full and staff were busy, service was friendly and we were seated almost immediately with just enough time to admire the surroundings before tea was served.
Tea is steeped loose in the teapot. For teas that may become too astringent, request a teabag and a teabag rest. The teabag is large and open to allow your tea leaves to fully expand for best results.
Our afternoon tea set was the Larkspur Luncheon and my tea selection was Darjeeling. Freshly baked scones were served for the first course.
The second course was a refreshingly tart berry sorbet.
The third course featured three tiers of delicious savories and sweets with a hot towel service to bring the meal to a close. The presentation of sweets on the top tier was particularly charming.
A visit to the gift shop resulted in a new teapot finding its way into my collection and inspiration for future gift giving.
Advance reservations are highly recommended.
1711 Elm Street E, Sumner, WA 98390
Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday