I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas…I sure did!

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Ah, Shamrock, Rose & Thistle…a charming little tea shop in the heart of Springhill (one of Mobile’s oldest and most prestigious areas). My first experience at SR&T was when I took my mom there for Mother’s Day. We enjoyed the Abbey Garden Formal Afternoon Tea: Traditional English style afternoon tea served on a three tier tray, with a first course consisting of specialty soup, salad, or quiche, tea bread and your choice of tea.

Tier 1:      Fruit and scones with lemon curd, preserves, and Devonshire Cream.
Tier 2:      Selection of tea sandwiches and savories.
Tier 3:      Selection of homemade desserts.

My mom and I visited SR&T for lunch today. We selected the Abbey Garden Tea. Our first course consisted of an Early Grey infused pear salad with proscuitto and a ham and leek quiche. Our second course (pictured below) consisted of: cherry-amaretto scones, tea sandwiches (ham & pineapple, smoked salmon & cream cheese, and spinach, bacon, & tomato), and dessert (maple tarts, spiced rum cupcakes, and snowbars with white chocolate and raspberry). So delicious! I enjoyed the Royal Bengal Tiger tea and mom had the Crime of Passion. Her tea was so fragrant and tasted as good as it smelled!

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The time before, mom ordered their tomato basil soup and I chose their mushroom soup. Both were delectable! We decided on the strawberry-kiwi tea, which turned out to be an excellent choice.

The service at SR&T is top-notch and the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing. If you’re in a more casual mood, you can take a seat at the tea bar, which is is a cross between a British family pub (no alcohol) and a small British grocery store. They also have a fabulous gift shop featuring Crabtree and Evelyn, Royal Doulton, Portmeirion, San Francisco Music Box, Ne’ Qua Art, Fitz and Floyd, and Bearington Bears Collection.

Check ’em out at http://www.shamrockroseandthistle.com/. They have some great pics on their site of the tea rooms, tea bar, and gift shop as well as their menu items. Also, their gelateria/patisserie will be open soon…I can hardy wait! Since this is a small, locally-owned business, I would recommend calling ahead for reservations as seating is limited. Cheerio!

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