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When was the last time you traveled back 120 years?

Enjoy a world away from the ordinary: a proper Victorian tea luncheon with original sandwiches, fresh scones, real clotted cream, house-made lemon curd, and irresistible treats. All set amidst stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and authentic Victorian charm. It’s elegance without attitude, since 1893.

Available 7 Days/Week for Private Events

Open Alternate Weekends for Tea

We’re open four days per month (2nd & 4th weekends) for afternoon tea,

with seatings throughout the day starting at 12:00 noon.

Weekdays and “off” weekends are available for private parties – just ask!

Reservations strongly recommended:

(831) 375-8090 or

Next Opening Dates:

  • May 13 – 14 (Sat & Sun) – sold out
  • May 27 – 28 (Sat & Sun) – sold out
  • June 9–10–11 (Fri-Sat-Sun) – 3 days!
  • June 23–24–25 (Fri-Sat-Sun) – 3 days!
  • July 8–9 (Sat & Sun)
  • July 22–23 (Sat & Sun)

Thank you for taking us back to a bygone era and providing wonderful bites and great service/company!

— Jacob

Absolutely splendid! Such a charming place with great atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing tea! Thank you so much for your warm hospitality — will recommend for future groups. — Elizabeth

Every bite was delicious and the tea room is beautiful!
Thank you.

— Kit

Take a Peek Into the Extraordinary

Parties & Events

Imagine something different. Memorable. Elegant. The Hart Mansion can be yours for an evening gala, club get-together, family reunion, company meeting, wedding reception — anything that calls for a good time. Whether it’s an evening by the fire with a champagne flute in your hand, an afternoon with friends around pots of tea and a plate piled high with treats, or a company function with PowerPoint and computers. (We are not equipped for children’s parties, however.) The White Hart is convenient and affordable. And completely unique.

Weddings & Receptions

What could be more memorably elegant than a lovely reception in the historic Hart Mansion? Just a short walk from the beach at Lovers Point and adjoining the equally historic Gosby House Inn, The White Hart is your center for vintage elegance, charm, and convenience. Let us serve you from our kitchen, or accommodate your chosen caterer. Your guests can enjoy champagne, beer, hundreds of different wines, and our original “mocktails.” With room for up to 40 guests, there’s room to mingle yet space for privacy. Tonight, the Hart Mansion is your home.

Company Meetings

Old-world elegance meets modern technology. Just because the walls and décor are 120 years old doesn’t mean you can’t hold a proper business meeting at The White Hart. Use our 40-inch flat-screen TV, fully featured Windows PC with MS Office and other business applications, DVD player, wireless Internet access, and more. What better place to stage your product announcement, press briefing, departmental meeting, congratulatory dinner, or strategy session? Make your meeting truly memorable.

Events 365 Days

Planning a wedding, reception, meeting, shower, or anniversary? The White Hart can be all yours any day of the year. Let us tell you about our unique event space, catering options, beverage service, and more. We’re here for you — and your guests! Call (831) 375-8090 or write
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So what is afternoon tea?

Don’t let the name fool you. It’s a full meal. A proper Victorian afternoon tea (sometimes incorrectly called high tea) can be a filling luncheon or just a pleasant afternoon snack. Either way, there’s more to it than just a pot of tea — although you’ll have more than a dozen choices of that, too.

Our three-course tea service starts with original and interesting house-made sandwiches, such as smoked salmon with ginger and wasabi aioli on puff pastry, English cucumber and radish sandwiches, Ahi tuna with avocado, curried Coronation chicken with mango chutney, and many others. In addition, you get two fresh and flaky scones served with real organic clotted cream — not the imitation stuff from a jar. We make ours from fresh unprocessed milk straight from a family-run organic dairy farm. It’s a treat all by itself.

Cakes? We got cakes! From our decadent chocolate truffle cream petit fours to our exotic cardamom-and-saffron cakes, fresh tartlets, English Bakewell tarts, French macarons, and delightful hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, we guarantee you won’t leave hungry.

Our 100% loose-leaf tea is measured to order and brewed to perfection at your table. No generic commercial tea bags here. We offer many organic, decaffeinated, or herbal options, in addition to our popular black teas. Whether you favor Earl Grey or English Breakfast, herbal infusions and tisanes, or our special #1 Ladies’ Red Bush Tea, you’ll find something to fall in love with. And refills are included!

At The White Hart, “tea” scarcely begins to describe the experience.

How does it work? Do you have a menu?

Afternoon tea is supposed to be a relaxing affair. The only decisions you have to make are when to visit and what to drink.

Each guest receives their own assortment of four different finger sandwiches, four different hand-made desserts, two freshly baked scones, and their own individual pot of loose-leaf tea — all piled high on an elegant three-tiered tray. You’ll also get helpings of our authentic house-made organic clotted cream, Meyer lemon curd, and strawberry preserves to spread on your scones. Cost is $27/person (before tax & gratuity) for every person seated at the table.

The menu is fixed each day, so there are no tough choices to make (and no substitutions offered). Our selections change regularly with the seasons, so return guests will likely be delighted with new sandwiches, new desserts, and new scones.

We also offer optional champagne, mimosas, red and white wines, locally brewed craft beers, homemade lemonade, and our own hand-crafted sodas if you crave a little something extra.

What are your hours?

We’re open from 12:00 – 6:00 PM on alternating weekends (specifically, the 2nd weekend and the 4th weekend of every month). We serve tea both on Saturday and on Sunday.

We offer six seating times at 12:00, 12:30, and 1:00 (the “early seating”) or 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 PM (the “late seating”). The food, service, and settings are identical regardless of time, so just let us know what time you prefer when making your reservation and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

As a reminder, private parties and events are possible on any day of the week, at any time of day. It’s your party, so you get to set the hours. The times above apply only to our regularly scheduled “public” tea weekends, not to private events.

Do I need a reservation?

It’s strongly recommended. We are filled to capacity on most days, and although we do sometimes accept walk-in customers when there’s an unexpected cancellation, those cases are rare. A reservation will avoid disappointment. Ideally, you’ll want to book a week or more ahead of time. Call (831) 375-8090 or write to

Don’t forget to tell us (a) how many people in your party, (b) the date/time you’d like, and (c) whether you need a high chair for any small children in your group.

Do you do private parties?

Yes, all the time, 7 days a week, daytime and evenings. We host parties and get-togethers for all occasions, from bridal showers to wedding ceremonies to business meetings to club gatherings. In fact, The White Hart hosts more private parties than weekend teas.

You choose the food and beverage service you want, from a deluxe sit-down dinner party with wine and wait staff, to light snacks, to our signature afternoon tea service. You can even bring in your own food, or hire your own favorite caterer. We have a huge 50-page wine list, we serve local craft beers, and we offer our own hand-made soft drinks. In short, it’s your party at our location.

The only requirements are (a) between 12-36 guests, and (b) the date isn’t already booked for some other occasion. Simple!

Can I bring my husband / boyfriend / brother? Is it guy-friendly?

Absolutely! The White Hart is definitely a “man friendly” place for lunch or a mid-afternoon date. Our chef proudly carries both X and Y chromosomes, so all the food is man-compatible. Did we mention the six craft beers we serve?

Are you ever open on weekdays?

Yes, for private parties. We reserve alternating weekends for our regularly scheduled “public” afternoon teas, but the other weekends and all weekdays are available to you for your own private party of 12 guests or more. Daytime or evening, weekdays or weekends, we’re here for you.

Said another way, we serve tea 4 days/month, and we make The White Hart available for private parties the other 26 days.

Why only four days? Our schedule strikes a balance between private events and public tea dates. It allows anyone to visit The White Hart, whether they’re part of a large group or a single visitor travelling alone.

What's the difference between high tea and afternoon tea?

Most people use the term “high tea” incorrectly. What they really mean is “afternoon tea.”

High tea sounds high-class, but it wasn’t. Just the opposite, in fact. It used to refer to a workingman’s supper eaten at a bar (a high table) while seated on a barstool (a high chair), hence the name “high tea.” In contrast, a prosperous Victorian-era family would enjoy their afternoon meal around a (comparatively) low dining table with scones, sandwiches, sweets, the family silverware, and three-tiered porcelain trays. That was called “low tea” or “afternoon tea.” and it’s what we serve at The White Hart.

What is clotted cream?

It’s heaven on a spoon. We make our own real honest-to-goodness clotted cream right here at The White Hart. No mass-produced stuff from a jar, no imitation recipes with mystery ingredients. Ours is the genuine article, hand-made from nothing but organic whole rich cream from grass-fed cows. Authentic clotted cream is difficult to find in the United States because it requires access to fresh dairy cream, it’s time-consuming to make, and it’s very perishable. But that’s all we serve at The White Hart because somebody has to do it right.

Spread it on your scones like soft butter. Then, if you like, follow it up with our own homemade Meyer lemon curd or our special mix of strawberry preserves.

Do you offer gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, low-carb, halal, or kosher food?

No, we do not.

How do you pronounce scone?
Depends where you’re from. In the United States, it rhymes with “stone,” just like it’s spelled. In parts of Britain, it sounds more like “skawn” or “skoon” to American ears, but that’s due to regional accents, not to any real difference in pronunciation. You can say it any way you like. We’ll know what you mean.
How long does the tea service take?
That’s up to you, but we find that our guests typically stay for about 90 minutes to two hours.
What's the maximum seating capacity for a party?
Our maximum seating capacity is 36. Guests are arranged more-or-less equally across our three ground-floor rooms (i.e., about 12 guests per room). If you’re having a “stand up party” like a cocktail reception, we can accommodate a few more people, perhaps 40 maximum.
Do you do birthday parties?
Yes, for celebrants aged 16 and older. We’re not equipped for small children’s birthday parties.
Are you wheelchair-accessible?

Yes, we are wheelchair-accessible*. There is a continuous ramp from street level all the way into the dining rooms. We even have our own folding transport chair for guests who don’t have their own.

*Because the house is more than 120 years old, our access is not fully ADA-compliant. Some doors and ramp angles are slightly outside of what ADA guidelines suggest. We do the best we can, and it seems to work for all of our guests. 

Do my party guests have to order tea?

If you’re coming on one of our regularly scheduled tea dates (2nd and 4th weekends), yes. Every person at the table is served the same selection of sandwiches, desserts, and scones and is charged the same price. There are no other menu options.

For a private party, no. Your own private party doesn’t have to be a tea party. We can serve your guests anything you like, from small appetizers to a full sit-down steak dinner with wine and wait staff. Or you can bring your own food. Or we can work with your favorite outside caterer. And, of course, we can make our signature afternoon tea for everyone. It’s your party, so it’s your choice.

Do you serve alcohol?

Every chance we get. The White Hart stocks an extensive list of wines from around the world, including champagne, local Monterey County wines, and interesting imports. For private events, we have a huge 50-page wine list from which you can order. We also stock local craft beers, and we make our own original soft drinks onsite.

We don’t serve hard liquor (tequila, Scotch, gin, vodka, etc.), nor is it allowed on the premises. We do, however, serve “mocktails” made with lower-alcohol substitutes so that guests can enjoy a Margarita, Daiquiri, Irish cream, rum & Coke, and more.

What about small children? Can I bring my toddler?

Of course! We welcome families, especially multi-generational groups.

We do not have a children’s menu, however. We serve the same food, and charge the same price, for every person seated at the table, regardless of age. Little ones seem to like our scones, and older preteens generally like our sandwiches and desserts, but if your child’s diet includes bottled formula or a handful of Cheerios, he/she might be happier at home.

Can I be seated upstairs?

Nope, sorry. Upstairs at The White Hart is our private residence; the public is not allowed on the 2nd or 3rd floors. While many restaurants may say, “We want you to feel like you’re a guest in our home,” at The White Hart, it’s literally true. When you visit, you truly are a guest in our house.

Is there a dress code? What is appropriate apparel?

We don’t enforce a dress code at The White Hart — “Elegance Without Attitude” is our motto — but guests arriving in shorts, T-shirts, or sandals will likely feel uncomfortably under dressed. We recommend “business casual” as a starting point.

At the other extreme, we’re happy to welcome guests who put on their best pearls and hats before coming for tea.

Back in 1893, the U.S. flag had only 44 stars. Horse-drawn trolley cars plied the main street. The lighthouse at the edge of town still burned kerosene (and was operated by a woman). Automobiles, aircraft, and electric lighting had yet to be been invented. And Dr. Andrew Jackson Hart moved his growing family into a custom-built home on the main street. Ever since that day, “the Hart Mansion” has been the centerpiece of downtown Pacific Grove and a landmark on the Monterey Peninsula. Built as a home / office for the town obstetrician, the three-story house commanded views of the ocean and easy access to patients. The house remained in the family for three generations, later passing to his son, also a doctor, and then to his son, a dentist. To this day, Dr. Hart’s name still appears in stained glass over the front door.
Dr. Andrew Jackson Hart's name in stained glass
Built of solid redwood that was probably cut from local groves and milled in the front yard, the house is remarkably original and well-preserved. The original stained-glass windows, hand-plastered walls, secret dumbwaiter shaft, hardwood floors, and other unique items are all still intact. Renovated in the 1930s with new-fangled electric lighting, updated plumbing, and a new garage (likely after the family purchased their first automobile), much of original gaslight plumbing and knob-and-tube wiring still remain. (Thankfully, the plumbing and electrical systems were modernized again in 2012.) Today, the house stands nearly as it was when Dr. Hart and his family first moved in more than 120 years ago. The world around it may have changed, but the Hart Mansion remains unaltered by the years.

The White Hart

We’re in downtown Pacific Grove, on the corner of Lighthouse Avenue and 19th Street. Just a 5-minute walk from Lovers Point beach, a 15-minute walk from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a short drive from Carmel and Pebble Beach.
649 Lighthouse Avenue Pacific Grove, Calif. 93950
(831) 375-8090

Located in the heart of downtown Pacific Grove (named “Most Romantic Town in America”); steps from the beach and Lovers Point.
Five minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pebble Beach; 10 minutes from Carmel. A world away from the ordinary.