What You'll Get
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 $6, you get $12 worth of tea, sweets, and homemade fare at Iris & Ivory Tea House & Café in Cheswick.
The made-from-scratch fare of Iris & Ivory plays partner to the mélange of more than 40 loose-leaf and bagged tea options that define this quaint British–style tearoom. The 16-ounce teapot ($2) houses the drinker's choice of loose-leaf teas, with the option of adding two crumpets, served toasted with a side of jam, butter, and a pardon for poor fake British accents ($4.25).
The lunch menu bursts with fresh bites, from the cranberry chicken salad, crowning a bed of spring greens ($7.75), to the roasted-vegetable sandwich, awash with roasted eggplant, portobello, squash, onions, and sweet red peppers fighting for dominance on a wheat-bun battlefield ($7). Tiny treats make fussy sweet teeth swoon with decadent flavor bursts such as the chocolate mousse, turtle sundae, and the tiramisu (all $1.50).
Table legs put their body-building pasts to use with the heavier dinner fare available on Thursday and Friday nights, serving stomach-conquering fare such as the fillet medallions with mushroom ($18.95) and the chicken marsala ($16.95). The tearoom's elegant atmosphere soothes wearied souls, letting guests unwind with sumptuous teas, the permission to cry, or their own wine, all with no corking fee.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Iris & Ivory Teahouse & Cafe
More than 50 loose-leaf teas line the shelves at Iris & Ivory Teahouse & Cafe. To provide suitable pairings for these brews—which range in flavor from subtle and earthy to fruity and complex—the café serves traditional accompaniments, including quiche and made-from-scratch scones with lemon curd and devonshire cream. An array of house-made sandwiches, such as cranberry-chicken salad and roast beef with wasabi-horseradish mayo, round out the menu. The teahouse also holds special-event dinners and formal teas in its lushly appointed Iris Room.