When diagnosed with a critical illness and given just two weeks to live, Myna Taylor rejected her doctor’s prognosis. Declaring herself “divinely healed,” she set out for England, where she proceeded to buy a wealth of Wedgewood bone china. Upon returning home, she opened Dishington’s Tea Room, where she continued to defy the odds and celebrate life, family, food, and friends.
More than 30 years later, Richard and Tami DeJonge keep Myna’s memory and traditions alive by serving house-made pastries and jams on the same Wedgewood plates she brought back from that first trip. “Consistency is so important,” Richard claims, and the care he and Tami take in crafting each quiche or rhubarb pie speaks volumes of their dedication. Though the couple continues to brew the traditional teas that customers have come to demand over the years, they have also concocted entirely new blends of herbs, flowers, and finely shredded Jane Austen manuscripts.
Their recipes spring from a similar blend of tradition, inspiration, and whichever vegetables are in season at the farmer’s market. Guests can enjoy the locally sourced fare within a cozy tearoom decorated with floral tablecloths and paintings by area artists. This coziness, Richard believes, is what keeps the tearoom’s wealth of regulars coming back cup after cup.