I am often asked where one may take afternoon tea in Santa Fe. Alas, the Wisteria Tearoom is fictional, and at this time there is no place in Santa Fe serving a traditional British afternoon tea. There is, however, The Teahouse on historic Canyon Road.
It’s a house. One may drink tea there – lovely tea – many types of exotic tea. It is not served in fine china, but it’s hot and delicious and comforting on a cold day.
Neither will you find dainty cucumber sandwiches and other traditional tea foods there, but they do have a lovely menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and other café fare. They also have scones and pastries, and a delightful gingerbread served with lemon curd. If you wish, you can construct something resembling afternoon tea. A savory (assorted cheeses, perhaps), a scone, and a sweet.
The staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and unobtrusive. This is the sort of place where one can nurse a pot of tea while musing about the universe. In fact, on one visit my sharp-eyed spouse noticed a Very Famous Writer at another table, having tea and getting some paperwork done.
Perhaps some day I will have tea there, and other patrons will nudge one another and whisper about Very Famous Writers. Meanwhile, there’s always the gingerbread.