There is no surer sign of spring than the opening of “pop-up” tea rooms. Many Charleston area churches host spring tea rooms where old favorites like okra soup, chicken salad, shrimp salad, and tomato pie as well as desserts such as Tipsy Pudding, Hummingbird Cake, and Lady Baltimore Cake, are made and served by volunteers. The tea rooms usually operate for only a week or two in the spring and are open only for lunch. There are often gift shops with handmade items and an opportunity to tour the historic churches and grounds. Below are some of the most notable.
Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road, will host the 66th Annual Tea Room and Gift Shop March 11 to 23, 2019, with lunch served Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. To make reservations from now until the tearoom opens, call 843-270-0793. After March 11, call 843-766-1541. For more information, click here.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Tea Room will be held from April 29 to May 3, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston. Beginning in April, to reserve a spot for six or more, call 843-722-7734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 843-722-7734 or click here.
St. Paul’s Summerville, Tea Room and Gift Shop, is open March 25 to March 29 and April 1 to April 5, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located at 316 West Carolina Avenue, Summerville. To make reservations for groups of 8 or more for the 11:30 am seating, call 843-873-1991. For more information, click here.
Two tea rooms operate during Spoleto:
Grace Church Cathedral Tea Room and Boutique, 98 Wentworth Street, is held May 27 to June 7, 2019, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. (Closed Sunday, June 2.) There is also a gift shop, the Church Mouse Boutique, open from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. For more information or to make reservations for parties of 5 or more, call 843-723-4575 or click here.
Second Presbyterian Church’s “Seconds Please” Tea Room, 342 Meeting Street, is held in the Parish Hall on one weekend only this year, Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; and Sunday, May 26, after church from 12 noon 3 pm. For more information, call 843-723-9237 or click here.
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