Tea at Dallas Arboretum

If I’m perfectly honest, I’m not a fan of tea. But I am a tremendous fan of any excuse to eat multiple courses in the middle of the day so I happily accepted an invitation to Friendship Tea at The Dallas Arboretum. I’m pleased to tell you that I loved it so much, I actually sprung for a tea-for-one set in the gift shop, which I’m sure will be making an appearance on The Rose Table in no time.

Five seasonal tea services are offered at Dallas Arboretum‘s Restaurant DeGolyer, all of which are served at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Price depends upon the tea service. The service was well-paced in a charming room that never seemed loud despite being packed by the time I left. Restaurant DeGolyer has a New Orleans-style courtyard that I imagine is quite lovely in the spring!

Restaurant DeGolyer at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Restaurant DeGolyer at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table
My lunch date grinning in the corner

Restaurant DeGolyer at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Tea began with a tiny shot of carrot ginger soup. It was perfectly creamy and paired wonderfully with the cheddar cracker. I could have eaten a whole bowl of that soup. The tea pairing of vanilla mint was so delicious that I ended up purchasing some in the gift shop later to enjoy at home. (Pro tip: don’t skip the gift shop at Dallas Arboretum. It has all sorts of delightful finds!)

First Tea Course at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Next up was a three-tiered platter of tea sandwiches paired with peach cinnamon hibiscus tea. The blueberry cream cheese sandwich on cinnamon bread was absolutely divine and must be recreated for brunch sometime. Other favorites were the chicken salad in a crisp phyllo shell and the creamy cucumber triangle.

Tea Sandwiches at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Tea Sandwiches at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Chicken Salad at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table
I love the whimsical little radish pig in the center!

To finish, assorted cookies and sweet treats were presented with Early Grey tea. My favorite was absolutely the teeny tiny coconut cream pie. The scone was quite chewy (in a good way) but scone purists may wish for something more crumbly. Clotted cream is always a winner in my book.

Tea Desserts at Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

If you find yourself in Dallas on a beautiful day, stop in for tea at Restaurant DeGolyer then burn off those pastries with a stroll around the grounds. Even on a bleak off-season day such as this one, the gardens are lovely.     IMG_6660 IMG_6658 IMG_6670 IMG_6672 IMG_6674 IMG_6677 Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Dallas Arboretum | The Rose Table

Happy high tea-ing,

The Rose Table

Want to read about another tea service? Read all about The Rose Table’s high tea at Fairmont Lake Louise here.

High Tea at The Fairview, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

3 Comments Add yours

  1. pinkiebag says:

    What a delightful staying to enjoy an afternoon tea. A great selection of treats to enjoy with your tea as well, Chloe.

  2. Carol Scott says:

    Love the arboretum. Have you had High Tea at the Adolphus? On of my favorites. My birthday on 02-02-02 I had 22 for tea at 2:22. A special favor for me. Normally they start at 3. Give it a try sometime if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so.

    Carol Ann

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    1. No, I never been to tea at the Adolphus. I’ll have to check it out!

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