Tea Leaves & Thyme
8990 S. Main Street • Woodstock, Georgia 30188
770-516-2609 • tealeavesandthyme.com
Kim Jordy has been serving afternoon tea for more than 20 years. That longtime experience has served her and her guests at Tea Leaves & Thyme very well. After five years in a former post office building in downtown Woodstock, Georgia—with seating for only 25 people— the tearoom’s success sparked the move to its current home, the historic Dawson Home.
Growing up, Kim’s British mother made sure she was very familiar with the tradition of enjoying tea. Tea Leaves & Thyme, which Kim opened with her lifelong friend Suzanna Spollen, combined Kim’s British heritage with culinary skills learned from her father, who was a classically trained chef and restaurateur. Incorporating these trademarks of her past, Kim created the idyllic venue for serving afternoon tea to the masses. Since opening the restaurant, Kim has been able to share her dream and passion with her family, as her husband and three sons have all worked with her and supported her in the tearoom. Kim’s dedication to the tearoom has remained steadfast over the past three decades, even when she battled and beat inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form with a very low survival rate.
The tearoom, which was included in Bruce Richardson’s tome The Great Tea Rooms of America, offers a classic and peaceful setting for afternoon tea, from the amusing teapot and teacup–adorned wreath hanging on the front door to lace-topped tables and an eclectic mixture of china featured in most rooms of the house. Honoring the house’s more-than-a-century-long history, each room is named after a former female resident.
Patrons who visit Tea Leaves & Thyme have a selection of four tea menus to enjoy. The Light Afternoon Tea includes the guest’s choice of tea, freshly baked scones with lemon curd and amaretto cream, fresh fruit, assorted finger sandwiches, and a variety of homemade desserts. For those looking for a heartier service, the Classic Afternoon Tea adds the diner’s choice of a chicken salad croissant, sun-dried tomato tartlet, or chicken salad on lettuce. The aptly named Queen’s Tea is ideal for those looking for a celebratory tea meal, it also includes soup or salad and sparkling tea punch to accompany the experience. Children are always welcome to partake in the time-honored tradition of tea with the whimsically titled Mad Hatter’s Tea. (Gluten-free options are also available for each menu.) Tea Leaves & Thyme also offers a full lunch spread, and entrées include a scone and salad.
Kim welcomes guests to immerse themselves in the experience of afternoon tea and encourages them to don festive chapeaux and gloves for a proper tea party. Those who visit Tea Leaves & Thyme will also discover a treasure trove of items for sale in the gift shop—an assortment of teapots, teacups, home décor, cards, clothing, accessories, and more.
Tea Leaves & Thyme opens at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with final seatings for lunch or afternoon tea at 4:00 p.m.