6178 Adamson Circle • Chattanooga, TN 37416
While many of the plantation-style homes have disappeared over the years, the last antebellum home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is not only a historical landmark, but it also houses a charming restaurant and tearoom. The Historic Dent House is now home to Polly Claire’s, a venue that brings a very British tradition to a very Southern state.
Despite no previous experience in the food industry, Rashelle Stafford’s lifelong infatuation with tea parties influenced her transition from homeschooling her children full-time to opening her own business in Chattanooga, where she could host tea parties almost every day. In September 2016, after finding the perfect location to house her restaurant, Rashelle opened Polly Claire’s in the Historic Dent House. Built circa 1854, the grand home has served many purposes in its more than 150-year history and is most notably remembered as the Bonny Oaks Children’s Home, a sanctuary for countless children from 1895 to 1985.
For $29 per person, patrons of Polly Claire’s can enjoy a four-course afternoon tea served on Royal Albert china and three-tiered trays. The abundant teatime menu—with many aspects sourced from their other family business, Stafford Farms—includes a plate of vanilla bean scones, fresh fruit, a variety of savories, assorted finger sandwiches, and decadent sweets, as well as the tea of the diner’s choice. Guests have a great selection of more than 30 loose-leaf teas specially blended for Polly Claire’s, including the Signature House Blend, which is a black tea with muscatel and honey notes. For those who wish for lighter teatime options, the Taste of Tea option for $19 per person includes a scone, two savories, and two sweets. Polly Claire’s also offers a full lunch and dinner menu.
Polly Claire’s is currently open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for curbside pickup and is offering a special menu for afternoon tea to-go, along with daily deals for soups, scones, and loose-leaf teas.
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