Served in the heart of the Inn, our high tea has become a local favorite and a beloved attraction for visitors since the Inn opened.
Our high tea service is styled after the traditional teas of the British isles, as well as more contemporary repasts from tea rooms across America and Europe. Tea is held in either our Victorian dining rooms, or outside on our beautiful deck. We encourage you to relax with friends and family, or alone for some solitude. You will find an extensive selection of classic and seasonal teas and tisanes from around the globe.
Our chefs emphasize freshness, seasonality and variety in crafting our menus, while maintaining comforting favorites that keep visitors coming back.
We feature ingredients from Pittsburgh’s most famous bakeries, butcher shops, and ethnic shops. While the menu is seasonal and changes weekly, guests will find such mainstays as vanilla crème scones, roasted chicken salad on homemade gougères, petite quiches, decadent cheesecakes, lemon madeleines, and French macaroons.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are possible (subject to availability).
All items from our in-house tea service (including our jam and crème fraîche) are carefully packaged for you to enjoy at home. Teas are included as tea bags or individually portioned loose tea (enough for two cups per person). It’s the next best thing to being here!
$42 per person (add $6.50 for hot chocolate)
$18 for children 12 and younger
We invite our overnight guests to join us for High Tea as a wonderful respite to a busy day. $35 per guest in our lovely Fernwood Dining Room, or enjoy en suite for an additional $20. Reservation required by 9am that day.
Selections vary by season and can vary daily depending on market availability and our chefs’ inspiration. Here are some typical items.
We feature a large selection of teas from Harney and Sons, Stash Tea Company, and local tea blenders.
These are also available for purchase in our tea shop.
Black teas are processed by withering, rolling, or cutting, fermenting and finally firing camellia sinensis leaves. Flavors will vary depending on region of production and season of harvest. Scented teas include added ingredients. Unless decaffeinated, black teas will have the highest caffeine content of all teas.
English Breakfast – A full bodied tea, often taken with milk and sugar
Decaffeinated English Breakfast
Darjeeling – Thin bodied Indian tea, characterized by a floral and musky flavor
Earl Grey – A blend of Chinese and Indian black teas, infused with oil of bergamot
Decaffeinated Earl Grey
Black Currant – Chinese black tea with rich and fruity flavor of currant
Vanilla Creme – Premium blend of black teas with vanilla bean and nut creme
Hot Cinnamon Spice – Naturally sweet and spicy blend of black teas with three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves
Chocolate Mint – Black tea blend with peppermint leaves and a hint of chocolate
Ginger Peach – Black tea blend with dried peach and a hint of ginger
Camellia sinensis leaves are purposely bruised but never but in the production of Oolong. With a shorter fermentation period than black teas, Oolong teas will have less caffeine and are finished by drying of pan frying rather than firing. taken without sweeteners or milk.
Pomegranate Oolong – Ti Kwan Yin Chinese Oolong with delicate earthy flavor infused with tangy pomegranate
Formosa Oolong – Taiwanese origin. Longer fermentation than a China Oolong, characterized by a darker color, medium body and a toasty flavor
Freshly picked camellia sinesis leaves are dried and soon heated by roasting or steaming to halt fermentation. Low caffeine content. As with black and oolong teas, different methods of harvesting and processing yield varying flavors. Taken without milk.
Premium Green Tea – Tea leaves steam processed in a traditional Japanese style. Herbaceous, slightly sweet and nutty flavor.
Tropical Green – Blend of green teas with added flavor or tropical fruits. Heavy notes of pineapple
New buds of camellia sinesis are plucked before opening, then withered in the sun and dried. Rare and delicate. No astringency and low in caffeine. Taken without milk.
Mutan White – Straw colored liquor with light herbaceous flavor
White Vanilla Grapefruit – Complex blend of white teas with smooth vanilla and fresh citrus.
Herbal and Fruit Tisanes
The following do not contain camellia sinesis, however, are served hot and may have medicinal effect.
Verveine – Beautiful leaves of verbena yield a full bodied brew with lemony flavor.
Peppermint – Refreshing and pure
Chamomile – Egyptian flowers with relaxing effect
Raspberry – Natural raspberry with hibiscus, rosehips and a hint of mint
Mango Passionfruit – Rosehips, orange peel, hibiscus, lemongrass, and rich fruity flavors
Lemon Ginger – Smooth lemon with a hint of ginger
Our Children’s Tea includes either tea or hot chocolate, a choice of a peanut butter or grilled cheese sandwich, a scone, three homemade cookies, and a fruit garnish.
Can be added to High tea, or available separately.
This velvety elixir of rich hot chocolate is made with Callebaut, Belgian’s finest chocolate, and steamed milk.
Your hot chocolate arrives in a traditional French hot chocolate pot. After it’s served tableside, the hot chocolate is poured into a mug topped with a dark chocolate lattice and a homemade marshmallow with sweet whipped cream nestled alongside. As the hot chocolate is poured, the chocolate lattice melts into the cup and the marshmallow makes the already-dreamy drink a creamy masterpiece. Perfect for adults and children!
Add hot chocolate to your tea service for only $6.50
For dedicated hot chocolate fans, a separate Cookies and Cocoa service is also available.