Lunch at the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Friday I had a date with Mom to do lunch at the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage in Fort Walton Beach. I was looking forward to it for a number of reasons. I love tea, I love food, and I don’t think Mom and I hang out nearly as often as Dad and I do. Dad and I are running addicts so we’ve been able to run a few races together (like our first half marathon this past January) and we also love traveling. Last summer we took an incredible road trip to Breaks Interstate Park in Kentucky for a week.

Mom and I tend to do more of the traditional female activities. Shopping, eating, and obsessing over Christmas in July on QVC together.

The Glass Slipper Tea Cottage is owned and operated by two sisters and one of their husbands. I think it opened in 2010 in a converted house. Mom was introduced to it through a friend, and I’m the second person she’s taken there. It’s one of those places that as soon as you go you leave thinking of who you can show it off to!

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They are a very small place so you have to have reservations to go. As you can see in the photo below it’s a very intimate environment! I think there are maybe 5 or 6 tables (including the couch) total. All those hats you see are available to wear. Many of the ‘red hat society’ ladies frequent the establishment!2014-05-30 12.05.27Before you sit down you are asked if you’d like to pick out your own teacup. They have a cart with a gorgeous ecclictic array of tea cups you can select from.
2014-05-30 12.17.25As for the menu they only have a few food items to chose from (salads and sandwiches) but there must have been about 30 teas you could pick! I went with a mint verbena and it was one of the best teas I’ve ever had. You get an entire pot of tea so they bring the kettles out with little cozy’s wrapped around them and leave them at your table.

I’ve never actually seen sugar cubes in real life before. HOW CUTE.
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While we were there I mentioned to Mom that I don’t think I’d ever spoken so quietly in my entire life. They had classical music playing very softly so it seemed like most of the women there (and it was all women) were talking in whispers. I liked it. No blaring music or televisions everywhere. I felt like such a fancy lady!2014-05-30 12.15.47I went with the Cottage Salad minus the Turkey. They ended up bringing it out with extra cheese to compensate. IT WAS DELICIOUS. Everything was super fresh and I liked it so much I actually got the ingredients from the store later that day to make it for dinner every night this week. 2014-05-30 12.26.28Sorry for the bad lighting but it’s the best I could do with the antique lamps at our table! Mom and I had to get dessert and they had scones or a dessert tray you could choose from. We chose both. I’d never had a scone before! They brought our order of two out (so we each had one) and it came with lemon sugar icing and cream you could put on it. I died. The dessert tray had a few different bite sized items on it and the plan was to split them all but Mom gave up  halfway through so I had to eat them all. The struggle.

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I had such a great time there! If you live anywhere near FWB you should absolutely try to go there sometime. The prices are extremely reasonable, and the food and atmosphere were amazing.

When is the last time you had a Mother-Daughter date?
Could you ever drink a full pot of tea with lunch (I thought my stomach was going to explode!)

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20 Responses

  • Carla says:

    I have so so so many dates as a mother/daughter duo but going the other direction!
    I need to get home to MY MAMA.

  • I would love to do this! What a fun experience to share with your mom!

  • Caroline says:

    I love going to tea houses- we have one in town that I haven’t been to in a few years, but it’s delicious! I’m glad you got to see a sugar cube! They used to have sugar cubes next to coffee at the grocery store my mom went to when I was little, so she’d give me a sugar cube each time- they bring back good memories when I see them now.

  • I absolutely love this! How charming. I need to find a tea house like this in Columbus. Looks like such a nice time.

    • Erica House says:

      I wish they’d come back in style! Our generation just doesn’t appreciate taking time to slow down and enjoy good food with good company.

  • Kristin says:

    I love going out for tea! There was a lovely tea house near my hometown where we went when I was in high school, and now there’s a perfect one right near Central Park for special occasions here. But I agree – they can be very filling if you’re not careful!

    It’s been a long time since I was on my last mother-daughter date, but we usually go for pedicures. It’s such a treat!

    • Erica House says:

      Can you believe I’ve never had a pedicure? My runners feet will forever be a frightening sight.

      I’m not surprised that NYC Has tea houses! I’ll have to try and find one when I’m there in December!

      • Kristin says:

        I didn’t realize you were visiting in December – I’ll try and make you a little list of my favorite places to go! The holiday season is really wonderful here.

        The tea house I’m thinking of is Alice’s Tea Cup. It’s a very sweet little spot, so you should definitely check it out. Maybe one day after a jog in the park!

        • Erica House says:

          I went to NYC once a few years ago and literally fell in love. I’m actually scheduled to spend two nights in a castle just north of the city but I’m hoping to fly in a few days early and spend some time wandering around NYC before. I stayed right by Times Square last time, and found I really fell in love with the area on the last day when we were there and started getting out of the touristy parts and into Chelsea/Soho.

  • What a great idea for a business!! Love it.

    …My mom and I dont hang out as much lately. We used to go shopping a lot together back in the days. I think is time to bring that back! :)

  • Jenny says:

    Ackkkkk!!!!! I’m so jealous! Did you feel like you were in a Jane Austin novel?!

    • Erica House says:

      Have I told you how obsessed with Jane Austen I am? I’ve read every one of her novels at least 2x (Pride & Prejudice more like a dozen), seen every movie adaptation of every book, and spent years totally obsessed with all things Victorian.

  • Jenny says:

    Of course you have! That’s how I knew you were good people. I’m the same way! Which was your favorite adaptation movie?

    It was a long time ago, but remember I told you about my prized leather bound Jane Austin novels with the fancy gold pages and ribbon bookmarks?!

    • Erica House says:

      Ummm no you didn’t tell me about that! (and you can now see how bad my memory is since I don’t remember talking to you about my obsession!) I love the Colin Firth adaptation the best for Pride & Prejudice, Kiera Knightly’s was the worst. I wish someone would make a great Northanger Abbey!

  • I totally want to go to a tea place soon. It’s on my summer to do list. This looks so cute and like such a fun little lunch. Thanks for the reminder that I need to do this!

  • Cassie says:

    Okay, so this is super weird… but when I lived in Hong Kong sometimes I would go and have tea at The Peninsula by myself. It was so expensive for my 19/20 year old budget… but the experience/relaxation was totally worth it. I would also go with my family/friends… but something about sitting there by myself drinking tea and eating scones really appealed to me.

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