Afternoon Tea To-Go

TeaTime 15: Notable TearoomsThe St. James Tearoom
320 Osuna Road NE, Building D • Albuquerque, NM 87107   

There’s an oasis of tea tucked into the New Mexico desert. Since its opening in December 1999, The St. James Tearoom has provided Anglophiles with all the things they love about the motherland infused into a teatime setting that is more British than Britain. Mary Alice Higbie, a classically trained Japanese-porcelain painter, approached the idea of her tea business with an artistic spirit. She has watched the business expand and transform into the British wonder it is today, with individually styled nooks and parlor areas in which to enjoy afternoon tea. And while the menu at The St. James Tearoom may change monthly, the fare consistently remains delicious.

“To continue to serve our longterm loyal guests (some of whom have been coming to our tearoom monthly for over 15 years) we have been working tirelessly to transform our business process to provide the same 4-star quality full afternoon tea meals for curbside take-out, so our guests can pick up their teas and food, take them home, and enjoy the peace and connection that comes with the tradition of tea with their loved ones. Even now, we are continuing to work on making the very act of guests’ picking up teas a calm, restful, and pleasant experience. So, no matter what the medium, tea is certainly still a gift that provides calm in the midst of chaos,” says Daniel Higbie, co-owner of The St. James Tearoom. 

The tearoom is open Tuesday through Sunday and is currently offering a special menu for full afternoon teas to-go, as well as scones and featured breads available to order on their website.


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