Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a Royal Tea lunch for two at Simpson House Tea Room in Chester Springs (a $48 value). Lunches include:
- Two soups
- Two mixed-field-greens salads with vinaigrette
- 12 tea sandwiches
- Two homemade scones
- Assorted desserts
- Two personal pots of tea
Nested in a restored Victorian farmhouse, Simpson House Tea Room welcomes guests to partake in the elegant tradition of afternoon tea, offering more than 100 loose-leaf teas and assorted small bites. The Royal Tea begins with two servings of soup, followed by a mixed-field-greens salad tossed with vinaigrette. Twelve tea sandwiches, including cream cheese and olive, chicken salad, cream cheese with jam, egg salad, and cucumber, delight diners with savory, crisp flavors. Loose-leaf teas include traditional standbys such as earl grey and english breakfast, more exotic flavors such as mango mist, and selectively cross-bred teas such as lavender earl grey, the drink of choice for British astronauts carving the lyrics to "Rule, Britannia!" into the moon. A scone with homemade lemon curd, chantilly cream, and jam complements a personal pot of tea, and the dessert plate beckons diners with its cornucopia of miniature meal enders.
The white-pillared farmhouse's wraparound porch, green shutters, and bright roof welcome weary travelers with time-worn elegance. Inside, dainty chairs and petite tables bring guests back to their past lives as lords, ladies, or the queen's royal napkins.
Simpson House Tea Room
Simpson House Tea Room sets the tone for its Victorian delicacies from the moment guests first glimpse the stately structure. The shrub-flanked walkway, the white wooden farmhouse with the sprawling wraparound porch, emerald shutters, and red roof appear untouched since being built in the 1890s. Inside, high-backed wooden chairs, bow-adorned teapots, and tiered platters surround steaming pots of 100 varieties of loose-leaf tea, a large variety of sandwiches including cream-cheese-and-olive, and scones with homemade lemon curd. With a variety of delightfully fussy services, the teahouse embraces teatime's lineage as the perfect treat for ladies who lunch—welcoming bridal and baby showers—and as the only way to tame a wild teddy bear.