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.
821 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I’ve always wanted to go there, but there is always something keeping me busy at home. Thank you for reminding me to take some time, stop running around like a crazy woman making everything “perfect” and let things, like Scarlet O’Hara wait for another day.
Thanks so much.
Can’t wait for the next Wisteria Tearoom Mystery,
Thanks, Dana! Hope you enjoy visiting the Teahouse, whenever that happens!