For a sumptuous break from downtown exploring that serves as a perfect complement to the historic, southern atmosphere, plan an afternoon or Sunday morning to linger at the Southport Tea House. Located within a charming cottage along Howe Street, and featuring a fabulous tea service that includes a choice of 60 + loose leaf teas, patrons can enjoy a leisurely meal that’s perfect for visitors who just want to relax and enjoy a little time sipping and munching with unhurried ease.
The menu is designed to pair perfectly with a fresh brewed tea, and includes an assortment of Tea Services, including the Royal Tea, the Cream Tea, and the Wee Tea for kids – complete with finger sandwiches, clotted cream and preserves, and daily sweet specials and shortbread cookie. For something a little less traditional, patrons can also select one of the fresh sandwiches or salads from the menu, which includes classics like the Heavenly Ham or Terrific Tukey, the Coronation Chicken Salad with curry and mango salad, and the fresh cucumber, egg salad, or pimento cheese. With an inviting atmosphere that’s stocked with antiques, and a welcoming crew that makes newcomers feel right at home, the Southport Tea House is a welcome respite after any busy Cape Fear exploration.