We’ve all heard the phrase “shop local” and as much as we can, we all try to do just that, frequenting the CSA down the road, the little bakery in town or wherever. Just five minutes from where I live, the Lederach Tea Room is a restaurant I love to support. This lovely historic and family-owned business has been around for almost thirty years. It’s a great place to celebrate special occasions like bridal and baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries. It’s also simply nice to drop in and meet a friend there lingering over good food and conversation. You can enjoy a nice pot of tea there as well with many great choices of blends; both herbal and otherwise. And, they always have scones on the menu.
This is a place you can count on. They provide high quality food at good prices and while they are not a traditional tea room and don’t offer high tea, you certainly can’t go wrong by making a trip to the little village of Lederach about 40 minutes northwest of Philadelphia. The ambiance is bygone era charm with high ceilings, hardwood floors (it can get loud) and small tables set with mismatched china plates and tea cups — similar to what your grandmother owned.
The history of Lederach Tea Room is that it was a general store and stage coach stop in the early 1800’s. The building changed ownership over the years and various other businesses used the building. In 1989, Jane Mazzanti-Ruth started the tea room and developed it into a thriving breakfast/lunch spot. Back then, I remember many times arriving on a Saturday morning for breakfast and waiting in a long line to get a table. It was always worth the wait! (Reservations are available now.)
In 2006, the Lederach Tea Room was purchased by the Blasy Family who have faithfully built upon the great reputation already established by Jane Ruth. In fact, the Blasy Family has expanded the menu and they are always updating their offerings with intriguing daily specials. So please check out the Lederach Tea Room — a little slice of hometown history and charm.