From the name of the tearoom, which combined the names of Rashelle’s daughters Polly and Claire, to the different dining rooms scattered throughout the house, Rashelle incorporated each member of her family into the business. Polly, 19, and Claire, 20, both work with their mother to train staff in the tearoom, and will, with advance booking, give 30-minute talks on the history of the Dent family and the story of Royal Albert china. Rashelle says that Polly Claire’s shares several similarities with the Bonny Oaks Children’s Home.
“[The Bonny Oaks Children’s Home] was founded with family in mind, and everyone here felt like a family and worked as a family, just like we do here at Polly Claire’s,” Rashelle says. “They had a full working dairy farm, and our family has one, too.”
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.
“It’s just food that our family has eaten for a long time,” Rashelle says. “My daughter Claire says, ‘We’ve created a timeless atmosphere for our guests to enjoy one another, and an experience at Polly Claire’s is unrushed.’”
From TeaTime July/August 2019
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