Several weeks ago one of my dear friends went off on a month long adventure to Asia…so jealous! Before she left we spent an afternoon lunching and visiting as girlfriends do. She’d told me about a new little place to try in downtown Brooksville called The Tilted Teacup. Yes, it’s a teahouse. I love these tiny enclaves of femininity. We actually have more than one in our area, which is fabulous considering that we must have 50 beer n’wing joints. Since I’ve already been to one of our other ones, which is also lovely, this was new to me and I was looking forward to seeing the differences.
First off, I love the location. I was very happy to see the old house that had been numerous businesses thru the years I’d lived in Brooksville, transformed into something that truly fit the edifice. The Tilted Teacup sits at the corner of Ft. Dade Ave. and Lemon St. just a short walk from the Hernando County Courthouse, in a small southern home with one of the biggest live oak trees ever, in it’s tiny parking lot.
The restaurant is owned by a lovely young couple. Their attention to detail shows in their choice of teas and treats to serve, as well as the personal attention paid to their patrons. We had a lovely selection of tea for our ‘High Tea’ menu as well as a tiered tray filled with freshly made diminutive delights. On that day, I was honestly pretty hungry, and didn’t think that finger sandwiches was going to fill me up – but it did. In fact, the selection was so delicious, that my girlfriend and I talked and drank our tea and I hadn’t taken one photo for the blog! Oops. (Hold still little scone – I’ll get to you soon.)
The décor is so cute – who’d think to make a ‘flower chandelier’. So sweet!
And an all-season Christmas tree in the entry pays homage to Brooksville’s late, Rodgers Christmas House. You can select one of several, equally beautiful rooms. One room had antique hats all hung in a row, another had a more country feel.
There’s tea, tea pots and spoons to purchase as well as some really cute handmade aprons in a gift area.
So if you find yourself in Brooksville and in need of a change of pace, or a place for a girls luncheon, give them a call for a table and reserve your afternoon to decompress in the shade of the old oak tree.