After a two-year hiatus, the beloved tradition of church tea rooms has returned!
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, is hosting the Annual Spring Tea Room from March 28 to April 9, 2022, with lunch served Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. To make reservations for parties of 8 or more, call 843-766-1541. For more information, click here.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Tea Room will be held from May 2-6, 2022, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston. There is also a small gift shop. To ask about reserving a spot for a group, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 843-722-7734 or click here.
Two tea rooms operate during Spoleto:
Grace Church Cathedral Tea Room and Boutique, 98 Wentworth Street, will be held from May 30 to June 4, 2022. There is also a gift shop, the Church Mouse Boutique. For more information or to make reservations for parties of 5 or more, call 843-723-4575 or click here.
Although details are still incomplete, Second Presbyterian Church’s “Seconds Please” Tea Room, 342 Meeting Street, will be held in the Parish Hall on one May weekend only this year. For more information, call 843-723-9237.
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