Lecturing your dachshund nonstop on the pros and cons of converting your front yard into a Pat Sajak–themed mini golf course is bound to make you thirsty after a while. Taste the superb moistener for dry throats and mouths with today’s Groupon to The English Tea Room, located in Covington. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of English fare and tea.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of English fare and tea.
In a cozy yellow cottage replete with wood floors, fine china, and vivid flowers, The English Tea Room sends visitors on a delicious voyage to the United Kingdom with traditional English breakfast, lunch, and tea time fare, with more than 150 types of tea. Greet the day with a scotch egg ($10.95), a breakfast concoction consisting of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and bread crumbs and then baked, sliced, and served with honey dijon. The shepherd’s pie ($11.95) mixes ground beef, diced carrots, peas, and rich gravy, and the spinach and artichoke quiche ($11.95) comes with a savory scone to appease eggatarians’ cravings. Treat taste buds that haven't experienced English culture since eating the complete works of Shakespeare with a pot of tea from the afternoon tea menu, such as the Windsor high tea ($28.95/person, or $23.95 on Wednesdays), which comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, assorted mini quiches wrapped in phyllo, two mini cakes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Traveling chompers can take scones to-go ($1.50 each or $14.50/dozen) to feast their mouths and eyes in the greenery of the courtyard garden.
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The English Tea Room
The black London cab and the red telephone booth outside the small, yellow cottage set the scene for afternoon tea at The English Tea Room. Nestled adjacent to a picturesque courtyard garden, The English Tea Room is a celebration of global tea and British food and culture. Owners Tim and Jan Lantrip, a builder and pharmacist, respectively, found a way to channel both of their passions into the elegant trans-Atlantic cafe. Tim, for instance, assembled the decor, while Jan champions the health benefits of the more than 150 loose-leaf teas from around the world that line the shelves.
Fine china and linen napkins set the tables where British-inspired meals are served, from bacon-topped breakfast casseroles and coronation chicken-salad sandwiches to shepherd's pie and tea-infused soup. Events such as classic mid-afternoon high tea in the courtyard and themed kid's birthday parties in the secret courtyard that only children can see contribute to the elegant, authentic feel.