Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon to The Motley Menagerie in Kyle. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get the Motley Teaser meal for two (a $25.90 value). Click here for course information.
- For $45, you get a high-tea party for four (a $103.80 value). Click here for course information.
The Motley Menagerie’s hundred-year-old historic building brims with the burble of conversation fueled by full tea service and a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Cheery duos gather for the Motley Teaser meal over the tile-mosaic tables of the colorful tearoom, or cluster outside on a patio in the shade of pecan trees. Bowls of soup brimming with a choice of vegetables; tomato and basil; poblano chicken; or broccoli and cheese provide the warming comfort of a teddy-bear bonfire. Egg salad, chicken or tuna stirred with fresh olives, and pimento salad crafted from homemade cheese beg for attention and a starring role on each plate's fresh-lettuce stage.
The high tea twirls a mouthwatering kaleidoscope of delicate sandwiches around a gourmet tea chosen from The Motley Menagerie's 31 varietals, which include Caribbean Afternoon, Darjeeling blend, green tea with peach, lemon spice, and Prince of Wales. Order a personal favorite, or seek the expert staff's tea-related guidance before indulging in one of the assorted desserts of the day. Paintings deck the scarlet walls, and purple curtains flank a wooden stage where jazz, blues, folk, and alternative musicians frolic on some weekend evenings. The shop's backyard garden supplies crisp ingredients for the menu and distracts pushy rabbit timeshare salesmen.