Your Cup of Tea
2620 Fonder Road • Houston, TX 77063
713-334-4832 • houstontearoom.com
As guests step into Your Cup of Tea, they immediately feel at home in the cozy space. The charming tearoom, nestled in a small shopping center in western Houston, is decorated floor-to-ceiling in antiques, tea wares, and other accoutrements. Christmastime, in particular, is when its original owner, Mary Schnurr, goes “a little over the top” with all manner of decorations, though. “[The tearoom] takes a lot of people back to their childhood and fond memories, which is what it is all about,” Mary comments.
Following 35 years of working in the hospitality industry, Mary initially wanted to open a bed-and-breakfast of her own, but found a tearoom a more affordable option. “I already had a large collection of antiques. I’ve collected glassware and china and teapots all my life, so a tearoom seemed to be the next best and ideal place for me where I could still do my own cooking, my own thing, and meet people,” Mary says. Her bubbly and outgoing personality definitely added to Your Cup of Tea’s warm and inviting ambience. Born in Canada, Mary spent her childhood in England, which is evident when she spoke to guests, occasionally addressing them as “my darling” or “love.”
After nearly 10 years of operating, Mary and Jack Schnurr, sold Your Cup of Tea to Cindi Salas. After many years in the ‘corporate world’, Cindi decided to follow her hobby and passion for the ritual of tea, hospitality, great food and uparallelled service in an authentic English tearoom. Leveraging that great start, Cindi closed the business on April 1, 201 for renovations and upgrades.
At $20 a person, afternoon tea comes with an assortment of treats: strawberries with yogurt cream, an assortment of finger sandwiches, and homemade scones with cream. Guests can select a tea blend to enjoy. Cindi recommends trying the house blend, which is a secret mix of floral and citrus flavors, including lavender, rose, and orange, develop by the original owner of the tearoom.
Guests can enjoy lunch or traditional English afternoon tea from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and Tuesday and Sunday by appointment. Afternoon tea requires a minimum of 8 people and a minimum 72 hour advance reservation.
Editor’s Note: In late August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey brought torrential rains and flooding to the Houston area, and many of these tea businesses suffered damage. Our hope is that all of these wonderful venues will be back serving tea again very soon. However, at press time, it was unclear when normal operations would resume. We encourage you to support these tearooms in their recovery efforts, but we do recommend calling before visiting.
From TeaTime November/December 2017
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