Tea in the Garden State

Professor James Howard (right) founded the Cosy Cupboard in 2009. His son Vincent (left) now serves as its general manager
Teaberry’s Tea Room

2 Main Street • Flemington, NJ 08822
908-788-1010 • teaberrys.com

A beautifully imposing early 19th-century house at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue is home to Teaberry’s Tea Room. Realizing the community had a need for a place where people could get together to have conversation and good food, Susan Peterson founded the tearoom in historic Flemington in 2004. “Everyday, I can’t wait to get here—even after 10 years,” she says.

For its first five years, Teaberry’s was in a much smaller building, but when the opportunity to move to its current 100-seat, handicap-accessible location presented itself, Susan jumped at the chance. The rooms of the lovely two-story facility lend themselves well to celebrations of all sorts, including children’s parties. “Children of all ages are welcome,” says Susan. “If we don’t teach them, how else will they learn to behave?”

Owner Susan Peterson (left) and her daughter Sara (right)

Her own daughter, Sara, has grown up in the business, working at the tearoom during high school and now serving as hostess and handling payroll, among other responsibilities. Susan’s husband also helps by taking care of the grocery shopping for the tearoom and paying its bills. 

Teaberry’s, which boasts a full lunch menu in addition to that of afternoon tea, is closed only on Mondays. Reservations for lunch or afternoon tea are strongly recommended. Customers can choose from an array of afternoon-tea options such as Lady Astor’s Cream Tea (two scones with lemon curd, clotted cream, and preserves) or the traditional three-course Milady’s Tea, which features eight different tea sandwiches, a scone with requisite condiments, eight petite sweets, plus sorbet or gelato. Teatime offerings naturally include a pot of hot tea, selected from an astonishing list of 125 teas. These loose-leaf teas are also available for purchase in the tearoom’s adjacent Carriage House Boutique, which is overflowing with wonderful teacentric accoutrements and gifts.

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