Taking Tea in New Orleans

The English Tea Room on Lake Ponchartrain's North Shore 

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM & EATERY
734 East Rutland Street • Covington, LA 70433
985-898-3988 • englishtearoom.com

Tim Lantrip grew up sharing tea with his grandmother, whose own parents had emigrated from Great Britain in the 19th century. “I’ve been drinking tea all my life,” he says. But it was a Texas tearoom that inspired him to open the English Tea Room in Covington, Louisiana, just a few miles from the Lake Pontchartrain shore.

The English Tea Room on Lake Pontchartrain's north ShoreOn the outside, the English Tea Room looks like a typical Creole cottage, albeit one with British flags flying. But when you step inside, you may feel as though you have been transported to a British pub. Every available inch of wall space is covered with British memorabilia—from a newspaper account of Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1837 to a 1964 poster advertising The Beatles performance in New Orleans’s City Park.

In the Queen’s Parlor, the Tudor Room, the Britannia Room, or the Churchill Room, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast with English crumpets or French croissants or lunch on traditional British fare such as Bangers and Mash or Steak and Kidney Pie. Indulge in one of three traditional British-style teas, complete with freshly baked scones, tea sandwiches, and delicious sweets, or just enjoy a freshly brewed pot of tea with scones, clotted cream, and house-made lemon curd. Tea choices range from more than 200 white, green, oolong, and black teas to herbal and fruit tisanes and rooibos blends.

The English Tea Room is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. It is handicap accessible.

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