Top 5 Tiny Tea Rooms

These High Teas will leave you feeling super posh.
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Afternoon Tea at the Cottage
Afternoon Tea at the Cottage

Photo Courtesy Heritage Tastings at the Cottage

1. Heritage Tastings at the Cottage
This by-reservation-only spot is a diamond in the rough. Enjoy a five course tea sitting with a seasonal inspired menu that includes finger sandwiches, scones, and choice of tea.  The rotating menu uses organic products from the on-site garden along with other items sourced from regional and local farmers. Guests can sit in the traditional dining room, or if weather allows, dine on the cozy outdoor patio. $22 per person, Sat & Sun 11 a.m.–3 p.m., reservations required, 7664 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, (513) 322-1881, heritagetastings.com 

2. The Tea Parlor
The Tea Parlor provides a traditional full tea as well as three other tea sitting options, including “dessert tea,” serving only dessert and fruit. They even have a children’s tea and have special activities for children’s birthday parties. The menu changes every month to accommodate the seasons and uses organic produce, meat, and dairy products. Choose from more than 50 varieties of tea or freshen up with their signature pineapple-ginger iced tea. $11-$23 per person, Wed, Fri & Sat 12 p.m.–5 p.m., reservations required, 5605 Yankee Rd., Liberty Twp., (513) 777-3949, theteaparlor.net 

3. The BonBonerie Cafe
Tea at BonBonerie is served on a three-tiered stand and each tier is a course of its own, filled with a selection of finger sandwiches, bakery treats, quiche, and fruit. Children get their own special plate of Turkey & Colby and PB&J finger sandwiches and an assortment of cookies. Make it an official tea party and rent their quaint Tea Room—you’ll feel just like Alice. $25 for adults, $18 for children, Café: 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Tea Room: Sat 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., reservations required for Tea Room seating, 2030 Madison Rd., O’Bryonville, (513) 321-3399, bonbonerie.com

4. Mrs. Teapots Tea Room
Mrs. Teapots is cozy and traditional, from the floral china to the napkin rings. Enjoy four courses, including homemade scones and their famous chicken salad sandwiches, while tea of your choice is served in your very own pot. If the ambiance doesn’t keep you coming back, the ever-changing dessert selection—from sautéed apples and caramel to pecan pie—will. $28.50 for adults, $24.11 for children (includes tip and tax), Tues–Sat 11 a.m. & 1:15 p.m., reservations required, 339 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY, (859) 491–2731, mrsteapots.com

5. Essencha Tea House
What sets this Oakley storefront apart from the rest is their variety: Choose from traditional European tea or a Japanese-style tea with a bento box lunch. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through the long list of seasonal and permanent teas until you find your perfect match. $17.50 for European Tea, $19 for Tea Lunch, Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m., reservations recommended, 3212 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 533–4382, essencha.com

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