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          Etiquette at the Tea Room

Please note, the etiquette and protocols explained are the rules of foundation, many were created and passed down from the Victorian era.

  • When making reservations make them for the number of people attending tea, if the number changes please call at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Children under the age of 12 should be mentioned during the reservation. Please be respectful of our other guests- we cannot accommodate small children or infants in carriers at this time.

  • Always be on time- never late or early.

  • Please refrain from cell phone use as this is distracting to other customers.

  • Chewing gum should be disposed of prior to seating or in the paper napkins on the tables. Paper napkins can also be used to blot or wipe your lipstick. Never use the linen napkin as a handkerchief.

  • Coats should be hung and purses placed under the table at your feet.

  • If a honey stick is used it should be placed on the back of the teacup saucer.

  • When excusing oneself from the table the napkin should be placed to left side of your place setting and upon completion of tea, the napkin should be folded with a crease and placed to left side of your place setting indicating to the hostess you wish to be invited back.

  • The proper way to stir your tea is to place your tea spoon at the six o' clock position and softly fold the liquid towards the twelve o'clock position. When not in use, your tea spoon should be placed to the right side on your tea saucer.

  • The proper way to eat a scone is to break off a bite size piece and apply the cream or curd that has been placed on the plate with a butter knife.

  • The strainer is placed over the tea cup either to the front or back, the tea poured, and the strainer placed back into its cradle being mindful of the table linens.

  • The spoons for the Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd, and Jam may be left in their dishes after the first use and not on the plate.


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