“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
— Henry James
Come for Tea on the Weekends
We serve proper afternoon tea (often called high tea) four days per month, on alternating weekends. Reservations are required, and we recommend booking about two weeks in advance. Tables are available every half-hour starting at 12:00 noon until our last seating at 3:00 PM. Please call (831) 375-8090 for reservations.
The price is $35/person, which includes tax & gratuity. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 is required when making reservations, to discourage late cancellations and no-shows.
When we’re not serving afternoon tea, the other 25+ days each month are available for private rental, such as for weddings, birthdays, rehearsal dinners, club meetings, and family get-togethers.
I truly felt like a welcome guest in their home. Can’t wait to go back! Thank you!
This place is great! The food is wonderful and the people who run it are very polite and accommodating. Definitely a place you must experience.
Our regularly scheduled afternoon teas are on the 2nd & 4th weekends of every month. (Green dates on the calendar at right.) That’s two Saturdays and two Sundays.
Large groups and private parties may request any day of the week, daytime or evening. Call (831) 375-8090 to discuss your requirements.
Handmade. From Scratch. Just for You.
We make everything the old-fashioned way, fresh and from scratch, in our own kitchen using locally and organically grown ingredients. No cans, mixes, or microwaves here! Just honest, fresh ingredients and methods your great-grandparents would recognize.
We hand-chop organic fruit each morning to put in our freshly baked scones; we make our own buttermilk; we hand-dip each fresh strawberry in melted chocolate; we squeeze each fresh Meyer lemon; and we brew each separate pot of loose-leaf tea when you order it.
We’re also proud of our genuine clotted cream, made using an almost-forgotten process and exactly one ingredient: rich, organic whole cream that hasn’t been heavily processed. Our method takes about three days, but it produces a rich, flavorful result that is the perfect complement for your fresh scones. No imitation stuff from a jar!
Give a Gift Certificate!
Send your friends, family members, or work colleagues a gift of Victorian “elegance without attitude.”
Gift cards are available in any denomination, from $5 on up. Give a complete tea luncheon with tax and tip included for just $35, “tea for two” for $70, or a “champagne tea” for $45/person.
Best of all, gift cards never expire, so your happy friend can use it any time.
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.