Warm Up With the Best Spots for Tea in Town
6. Hotel Granduca
Photo courtesy Hotel Granduca Tea time at Hotel Granduca is a fancy affair.
The hotel itself may be inspired by a 16th century Italian palazzo, but the tea service is all British. Tea is served by reservation only in your choice of Bar Malatesta, The Library or The Conservatory, where you can pretend you're in a real-life game of Clue. Order a traditional tea for $37, which includes assorted sandwiches and scones, or the Granduca tea for $45, which features slightly more gourmet sandwiches (think lobster, prosciutto and grilled salmon). Call the hotel to make a reservation for parties of any size.
5. The Teahouse
Photo courtesy The Teahouse Got bubble tea on the brain? The Teahouse has that and more.
No list of teahouses in Houston would be complete without a modern Asian teahouse, like the kind that fill every other space in strip centers on Bellaire. The Teahouse is a Taiwanese import with five locations across Houston serving puddings, jellies, tapioca and regular ol' tea. These days, it's popular to drink bubble tea with little spheres of chewy tapioca in the bottom of your cup. Bubble tea comes with a large straw to suck up the tapioca or whatever jellies you choose to flavor your tea. The Teahouse will also pair your tea with some fresh fruit for the ultimate healthy snack. Most bubble teas are served cold, but you can also get a piping hot cup of plain tea at any Teahouse location.
4. The Queen Vic
Photo by Troy Fields Sure it's a pub, but the Queen Vic also hosts a tasty tea time.
Every Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The Queen Vic Pub and Kitchen hosts high tea, a small meal in-between lunch and dinner. At The Queen Vic, this consists of scones, salads and sandwiches, crusts removed, of course. Unlike some of the other tea services in town, The Queen Vic doesn't boast the usual hoity-toity atmosphere. It's still a pub that just happens to serve tea in dainty cups that require one to stick out one's pinkie. You can also order off the regular menu during high tea for a mix of Indian and British cuisine that pairs perfectly with the beer selection. Which reminds me ... high tea is at the same time as happy hour. Ah, the best of both worlds.