This is a New England tea room, but even visitors from Old England won’t be disappointed with our freshly brewed house blend loose leaf tea. We serve a very traditional English afternoon tea with a bountiful array of tea sandwiches and sweets.
Thursdays and Sundays
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Other days & times are possible by prior arrangement.
802-888-6888 or email
We take the time to make a proper pot of tea with our own house afternoon blend and freshly boiling water in a nice fat teapot. One English guest declared, “This is the first really good cup of tea I’ve had since I arrived on this continent three weeks ago!”
The Tea Menu
The cream tea for $15.50 per person consists of warm freshly-made scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. With the full English afternoon tea for $26.50 per person, there are scones, cream and jam as well as several varieties of tea sandwiches and finger pastries often including millionaire’s shortbread or strawberry tarts. A selection of tea sandwiches is $15.50. Each choice comes with endless pots of freshly-made imported house-blend tea and you are, of course, welcome to spend as long as you like enjoying it. Just a pot of tea with a little something on the side is $7.50 per person. At least two hours notice is usually required for reservations for cream tea and twenty-four hours notice is usually required for the full afternoon tea to accommodate the baking.
Afternoon Tea and Tea Etiquette Demonstration
High Tea? Low Tea? Milk first or last? And what about that little finger?
The mysteries of afternoon tea and tea etiquette are solved while you enjoy a full English afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, little sweets, and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. A formal tea party can be intimidating, but after a pleasant afternoon of instruction, you will surely be confident enough to enjoy having tea anywhere. You’ll learn the fascinating history of tea, the secrets of brewing a perfect cup, just how to pour graciously without spills and you’ll be ready to host a very proper tea party yourself.
Please see our calendar of events for selected Sunday afternoons or schedule your private instructional tea party on any available day.
Theater tea is offered at the Governor’s House before selected Hyde Park Opera House productions. This new trend in London works just as well here in the New World. Park in our parking lot or easily on the street before the crowds, enjoy a leisurely meal, and then walk right across the street just in time for the show. Arriving between 5:00 and 5:30 for the 7:00 show is gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the meal. A cup of home-made soup is added to the full tea of little sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cram and jam, a variety of sweets, and unlimited pots of our house blend loose-leaf tea for $27.50.
Theater tea is offered before most Thursday performances. Please see our calendar of events for specific dates.
Afternoon Tea in your favorite new Hat!
There are not many places west of England, much less in Vermont! to buy a proper English hat, but My Place Boutique at Haymaker Card & Gift on Main Street in Morrisville has a new collection of beautiful hats for even the most proper occasion. To celebrate this delightful new shopping opportunity, we are offering a special package. Buy any hat at My Place Boutique and then wear it to tea here at the Governor’s House and you’ll get 10% off the price of the hat plus an extra scone to take home for breakfast.
Gift certificates are available for any of our afternoon teas.