There are several bed and breakfast tea rooms in America. Tea rooms can be open to the public or limited to their own bed and breakfast guests. Tea rooms are great for small gatherings and often they serve brunch and lunch. Each tea room has their own hours or some serve "by reservation only."
The Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room is located in Chincoteague, Virginia. Opened in 1995 by innkeepers Barbara and David Wiedenheft, The Tea Room offers afternoon tea three days a week to their guests (as well as to the public) to enjoy a taste of England. The first course is something savory like tea sandwiches or tea scones. Next, are the "world-famous" scones served with butter, jam, and cream. The third course is more sweet like a decadent chocolate truffle, butterscotch pecan tart, or pound cake with blueberries, strawberries, and cream. For hearty eaters, Barbara offers an additional jam tart, macaroon, or butter "biscuit" (cookie).
Your Menu Options Include:
- Sweets (like cookies and cakes)
- Tea (bottomless usually costs extra)
Your Open Times:
- Regular year round hours
- Reservation only
- Seasonal hours
- Sunday brunch
Events You Can Host:
- Baby shower
- Birthday party
- Bridal shower
- Club meeting
- Girls' get together
- Group meeting
- Private parties
Items You Can Sell:
- Tea cups
- Tea pots
- Blog: great fresh content for your website
- E-mail marketing: send out information to those on your e-mail list
- Photos of your bed and breakfast, tea room, food, and guests (with their permission)
- Social media: Facebook fan page, Pinterest pins, Twitter updates, etc.
- Website: you can have one of your main headings labeled "Tea Room"
When thinking of ways to increase your business, if you do not already have a tea room, bed and breakfast tea rooms could be a great idea. For those who do have tea rooms, are you consistently promoting them online? Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging is happy to help you with this.
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