There’s a part of me that will always love a tea party. Maybe it was one too many Jane Austen novels as a kid or a never-ending obsession with Downton Abbey (I haven’t seen the new movie so shhh no spoilers!), but I’ve always wanted to go to high tea. So when one of my besties recommended we spend our Sunday afternoon doing high tea in Atlanta, how could I say no?
If you’ve never gone to high tea or don’t know what it is, you’re in for a treat. You’re also in for A LOT of food. It’s by no means a light food affair. I’d recommend planning it as a meal in your day because you’ll be given plenty to eat. But for those of you babes who want the take from this paleo based eater on Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party look no further. Let’s chat about all things high tea in Atlanta!
Where Is It?
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party is in the Candler Park area. More specifically: 1645 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, USA 30307. It’s located in a small nestle of stores in a very cozy area. You’ll find a handful of local restaurants nearby but the area itself is rather quaint.
Do You Need A Reservation?
Yes. If you want to do high tea in Atlanta at Dr. Bombay’s, you’ll most certainly want to make a reservations. Tuesday – Friday the only time for high tea is 4pm. However, you have the option of 11am, 2pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
How Much Does It Cost?
It’s $17.50 per person and they require a credit card for reservation. However, I believe you can pay in either cash or card when you get there.
What’s parking Like?
We opted for a 2pm high tea and had no difficulty finding parking. But Dr. Bombay’s is located in a small portion of what is essentially one large neighborhood. Street parking is available but it’s best to carpool if you have the option.
When’s the best time to go?
I’d say this is totally up to your discretion for when you want to do high tea in Atlanta. Unfortunately, there are limited time slots available. So you may end up at the mercy of what is simple up for grabs. Thankfully, you can check ahead on their website and book from there. I’d recommend booking at least 2-3 days in advance.
What do you eat?
We opted for 2 regular servings and 2 gluten free servings for our party of 4. The main difference between the two courses with hummus, veggies and nut thins were offered with the GF plates. In general, you can expect scones or biscuits, cream, quiche, mini sandwiches and cupcakes.
If you are dairy intolerant, I’d recommend letting them know in advance. They will give you alternative milk options for your tea. I also noted that there were vegan desserts available in the display at the front entrance. But for my paleo babes, there’s not too much available that isn’t a veggie on the menu. However, this could always change so be sure to ask!
What do you drink?
We were given the option of ordering 2 different teas for the table. Our waitress talked us into trying one that didn’t sound appetizing but peaked our curiosity (the artichoke) so we ended up with 3. The teas steep at the table so when you’ve finished your pot you can request that they be refilled with hot water.
Would you go again?
Absolutely! I had the best time with my girlfriends drinking tea and chatting. Food wise? It wasn’t anything special. I know that my dietary limitations don’t always accommodate southern restaurants. Nevertheless, it was a great way to spend an afternoon with friends and try something new!
Dr. Bombay’s is a very cute and cozy space for high tea in Atlanta. Be sure to pay attention to all the details in the decor. It’s a bit eclectic but has a high energy vibe. I’d describe it similar to walking into the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
If you’d like to pop in an casually grab a cup of tea or coffee, this is also an option. But be warned because of the size of the space and high tea reservations, seating is limited. This was my first high tea experience and we had a wonderful time. So if you’re looking for something different to do or just want to try high tea in Atlanta, I’d highly recommend checking it out!
Have you done high tea in Atlanta before? Do you have a favorite place to go? I’d love to hear from you! Be sure to leave me a comment below. And feel free to share this post with someone you might want to inspire to try high tea. Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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