Monday, September 15, 2014

Tea in Georgetown

Yesterday I went with my next door neighbor, Lisa, to tea in Washington, D.C.-- in Georgetown to be more specific.  Just to orient you, Georgetown is located right on the Potomac River.  Georgetown actually predates Washington, D.C.--it was established when it was still a part of Maryland in 1751.

Georgetown is full of beautiful row homes, most of which date to the 1800s.  I love Victorian row homes (really most old houses), and we got there early, so we took the opportunity to walk around some of the residential districts before our tea reservation.

We had tea at the Lady Camellia tea room, which was itself located in a mint green row home.  This is a fairly new tearoom (I don't think it is even a year old yet) with some French vibes.  I really like the name; it's a clever play on the name of the tea plant--camellia sinensis.   The tea room is literally one room--kind of like having tea in an old fashion parlor right off cobblestone streets.  Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to take a picture of the cute table located right inside the bay window pictured below.

There were five tables located in the tea room, and I managed to take a picture of two to share:

 On the wall above the fireplace were clever built-in shadowboxes displaying china and some of the macaroons served in the tea room:

One of my favorite things about this tea room was all of the beautiful mismatched china.  Everyone had a different combination of Royal Albert china, and there were a lot of people there, so that was pretty impressive.  

Here is the menu:

 and a list of the scones and pastries of the day. 

I choose the jasmine green tea, which was delicious.

(By the way, even the flatware was by Royal Albert--Old Country Roses, which has pretty gold accents)

 The food came out on a tiered tray:

On the bottom were the sandwiches:  brie and apple, egg salad with watercress, and cucumber.  My favorite of the three was the brie and apple--delicious!

Next we had white chocolate cranberry scones and an apple croissant (both very good).

For dessert, I chose a passionfruit and a milk chocolate macaroon.  Lisa got a vanilla bean macaroon and a crème brûlée tartlet.  The macaroons were great, especially the passionfruit one.

After tea, we walked around a bit more and eventually walked over the C&O canal.  My family has been in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area for generations and I have an ancestor who worked one of the locks along this canal.  One day I'd like to walk the trail along its bank.  

This week I'm joining these tea parties:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
 Bernideen's Tea in the Garden



  1. Oh my. What a lovely day. Walking down the streets of Georgetown is inviting and then to have a tea room with pretty things and scones. Delightful. Thanks for having us come along.

  2. What fun you are having visiting all these different tea rooms, Carrie. This one sounds delightful. I love the architecture of the town. The food sounds wonderful and I like how they paired the china patterns with different pieces. Thanks for sharing and joining me for Tea Time.


  3. Thank you for sharing your lovely tea time with us.

  4. That menu sounds delicious. What a nice tour you had!

  5. What a grand time you had. For all my visits to D.C. over the years I never had the chance to visit Georgetown for tea... Enjoyed your tour.

  6. Oh I would love to have tea here. It looks fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Back in the 1970's we would go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC each spring. We always went to Georgetown to shop and I remember buying a dress for Easter at the Laura Ashley Shop. This tea room looks darling and I wish them great success.

  8. Oh gosh, another fun tea adventure, Carrie! I love the mismatched china and the food looks fabulous. You and Lisa picked a great tea room.

  9. Everything sounds so good and it is so cute. Like Kitty, I love to mix and match china. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  10. Lucky girl, to have this tea, it looks gorgeous all!

  11. What a lovely day. A special thank you for sharing the pictures of the row houses.

  12. I, too, live in the Greater Washington DC area having moved here in 2002. I will brave the tight parking situation in Georgetown to try "Lady Camilla Tea Room" as it certainly looks like it is worth the effort! Do you belong to any Tea clubs/ tea meet-ups in the area? If so, please write an entry on them if you do. Cheers, Lynne


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