a spot of tea January 3, 2011

I’ve been fortunate enough to have made a friend this year that is a tea connoisseur. We’ve been to a few afternoon tea services and they vary wildly. While many of them err on the side of traditional and a bit conservative – not that there’s anything wrong with that –  we recently spent an afternoon at Watershed that I just needed to share with you. This is not your typical afternoon tea – this one is done casual Southern style.

Joe Truex, who recently took the helm as chef & partner at the Decatur landmark, set up the tea as a special holiday treat for folks to gather and visit over a pot of tea and some nibbles. It’s been so well received that it’s been extended into the new year. Pots of perfectly brewed loose leaf tea (complete with a honey bear) arrive at your table alongside a tray of seriously Southern snacks: house-made cheese straws and candied pecans, curried shrimp salad tea sandwiches, the most perfect pimento cheese on white bread, still-warm pound cake and Mexican wedding cookies. The assortments on the trays varies but the price stays the same – this relaxing afternoon treat costs just $15 per person. Our teapot was refilled several times and the airy open dining room is the perfect spot to linger over conversation. Watershed’s afternoon tea (which only happens between 3-5 pm) requires a bit of advanced planning, however. Since all of the treats are made fresh daily, reservations are required and can be made by calling (404) 378-4900.

Comments

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Jan 3, 2011 09:01 am

Sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Now, if I could just find a free afternoon…

tami Jan 3, 2011 10:01 am

Lana – it was so worth it. A really relaxing way to spend the day. Will you be attending BlogHer Food here in Atlanta this May? I hope so! :)

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Jan 3, 2011 11:01 am

Tami – Just today heard that BlogHer Food will be in Atlanta this year, so I haven’t decided yet. I am planning to attend Food Blog South in B’ham this month. You??

tami Jan 3, 2011 11:01 pm

I will be in Birmingham later this month – can’t wait to meet you! :)

Lynne Teale Jan 3, 2011 10:01 pm

It sounds delightful. Watershed has long been one of our town’s finest. So are you just sharing good info, or am I missing the deal here?

tami Jan 3, 2011 11:01 pm

Lynne- Just sharing good info & local finds! I contribute to Scoutmob’s Local Bite section (which goes out in their email blasts and on their website) every other Monday. I try and let folks know about local Atlanta food finds and events. Thanks for asking & for stopping by :)

Tori Avey Jan 4, 2011 01:01 am

Hi Tami, just subscribed to your blog – love your photography. I’m totally addicted to afternoon tea; I stayed in London for six months and it became part of my daily routine. Who can resist the little crustless smoked salmon sandwiches with dill cream cheese? And don’t forget the warm freshly baked scones and clotted cream. Sigh. I’ve never had a Southern style afternoon tea, but I’m guessing it’s delicious, like most Southern things are. :)

tami Jan 4, 2011 07:01 am

Tori – That’s so sweet. Thank you & thanks for visiting! This tea isn’t the traditional kind with the clotted cream and curd…but it’s easily replaced by the best pimento cheese in Atlanta and still warm cheese straws. Really incredible snacks at Watershed’s tea service :)

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Gwendolyn Thomas Jan 7, 2011 11:01 pm

How about comming to Arizona? I also love your pictures.

Marianne Jan 8, 2011 02:01 pm

Love your blog! Looking forward to more!