I love the art of Afternoon Tea. It’s one of life’s pleasures that—if done right—really pleases all of your senses. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Asa Ransom House’s Afternoon Tea service. After a month of travel in Ireland this summer, I was inspired to find as many places in WNY I could that offer this delectable tradition. Below is a snapshot of what my research found.
1. Angelica Tea Room in Buffalo, New York
The only place in the city that serves proper Afternoon Tea, Angelica Tea Room is the perfect spot to go to for a fun and whimsical experience – the décor is a feast for the eyes. It’s an especially great spot for those who have never indulged in this experience, and the service is light and breezy enough to indulge in during the work week. Angelica also lets you choose your own plating, which is a great option for anyone who might be on the picky side.
2. White Linen Tea House in North Tonawanda, New York
Of all of these spots, I’ve frequented White Linen the most. It’s a joy every time, complete with shopping in the Tea House itself, as well as some additional antique shops on the property to make your afternoon post-tea that much more enjoyable and leisurely. The Tea House recently added Take Out Orders to their offerings for you to enjoy Afternoon Tea at home any time you like for yourself or for hosting your own gathering.
3. Murphy Orchards in Burt, New York
Take a scenic drive north to Burt where this 65-acre, family-owned fruit farm welcomes you inside their original early 19th century farmhouse for Afternoon Tea. Menus are planned around the fresh fruit and vegetables that the family harvests, including the delicious homemade jams and jellies. While you’re there, enjoy the grounds and take a tour of the barn, which is part of WNY’s Underground Railroad history.
4. Lana’s The Little House in Forestville, New York
The Little House is a distinctive gem tucked away in Forestville “focusing on the Art of Great Tea.” More than just great tea (and the tea really is fab), The Little House has a history all of its own worth exploring. For “tea junkies” and architectural buffs alike, this is a place where you can taste countless specially made Little House teas while taking in the history and tour of this unique storybook English cottage.
5. Asa Ransom House in Clarence, New York
Situated right in the heart of Main Street in Clarence, this 150-year-old house is charming and inviting. As mentioned above, you can read about my experience at Asa Ransom. It’s one of the more well-known spots for Afternoon Tea in WNY.
6. Hurd Orchards in Holley, New York
Hurd Orchards gets an honorable mention, as they do not offer continuous Afternoon Tea service throughout the year, but instead hosts a few special tea events throughout the year, namely for Mother’s Day, Christmastime, and British High Tea on a date they choose in the forthcoming year. All teas are held in their 200-year-old cottage, and look to be a true a delight. Reservations are a must, and it’s encouraged to book early.
7. Hull Family Home & Farmstead in Lancaster, New York
Similar to Hurd Orchards, The Hull Family Home & Farmstead only offers Afternoon Tea services a few times a year, namely for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas. This home and farmstead offers a bit of added Americana fun to their teas with staff dressing up in period costume from the early 19th century. Reservations for Afternoon Tea events are encouraged at least one month prior.