McHugh TEA Tea Room & Gifts
5305 Bissonnet, Suite D • Bellaire, TX 77401
713-218-6300 • mchughtea.com
Bellaire native Kim McHugh’s fascination with the health benefits of organic tea didn’t arise until she married her husband, a Scotsman and an avid tea drinker. His constant consumption of hot tea motivated her to research the drink and its health benefits. Inspired by her findings, Kim eventually became a certified tea specialist and tea-blending master. She realized that opening a tearoom would allow her to share her newfound knowledge and to provide a place in the community for people to gather and relax.
“I always wanted a place [in Bellaire] to go and meet a friend,” Kim recalls. “When you think about a place for people getting together to hear each other talk and have meaningful conversations and keeping those relationships alive, tearooms have been notorious for being just that.”
Combining Kim’s tea expertise with her mother’s culinary skills, the family opened McHugh Tea Room in 2013. Billie Stafford, affectionately called “Queen of the Kitchen,” develops all the recipes for the fare served in the tearoom and is in the kitchen at least once a week preparing pie dough and different baked goods. “Those are her recipes and recipes from her mother and her grandmother,” Kim explains.
Guests can partake of afternoon tea for $30, which includes two flavored scones, a two-tiered stand with three different tea sandwiches and three desserts, and a bottomless pot of tea; or “Tipsy Tea” for $45, which adds a bottomless glass of champagne to the traditional service. Hot tea is served in teacups from the restaurant’s extensive collection, and a selection of more than 60 loose-leaf teas caters to teatime diners with varying flavor preferences. All, including house medicinal blends, are also available for purchase in the store.
While tea, scones, and a full-service menu are available from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. without reservation, afternoon tea (two-person minimum) is served from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with reservations required by noon the day before the scheduled teatime.