High Tea at the Inn on Negley. Photo by Annie Perri Cole.
Vegan afternoon tea at Fortuitea Café and Bakery. Photo by Annie Perri Cole.

Fortuitea Café, 1445 Washington Road, Washington

This is a must-try spot for vegans and foodies alike! Fortuitea Café offers a fully vegan afternoon high tea made for all. The meal is more of a feast than a tea, with more food served than any other place on our list.

Owner and chef Jeff Hirsh explains that this is his spin on tea, based on what Pittsburghers want. Patrons start their meal by choosing loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee from more than 100 options lining the walls of this family-run business.

The afternoon dishes are presented on a three-tiered stand, starting with sweets such as chocolate chip and blueberry scones, strawberry fruitcake, a bear claw topped with pistachio crumbles, a cinnamon roll, a chocolate cupcake and a brownie. The sandwiches in the savory course are all put together with homemade bread. They’re more than just finger sandwiches and include an apple cheddar panini on sourdough, a hearts of palm crab cake slider on challah bread with cashew dill ranch, bruschetta with basil on toasted challah, and grilled asparagus on rye with caramelized onions and a Thousand Island dressing.

A Royal Afternoon Tea option is available and adds soup and salad to the meal, and the Prince’s Tea is tailor-made for kids. 

Reservations are required by phone at 724-222-2442, and a prepayment of $28.95 is required. The café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Afternoon Tea at the Johnston House Tea Room. Photo by Annie Perri Cole.

The Johnston House Tea Room, 7041 Crider Road, Mars

Set in a beautifully appointed home in Mars, just about half an hour outside of the city, The Johnston House has been offering afternoon tea for nearly 30 years. On arrival, guests will make their choice of tea from assorted Stash tea bags, house-made iced tea or coffee, all served in fine bone china.

The set meal is presented on the traditional three-tiered stand with an incredible array of options. The delectable savory course includes a pesto artichoke mini tart, a slice of spinach quiche, a chicken salad croissant with toasted almonds and the traditional cucumber finger sandwich. The next tier features a large scone with raspberry jam and cream, and the final tier is reserved for desserts such as lemon poppy seed bread, a chocolate mousse thimble and a fruit tart.

Reservations are required by phone at 724-625-2636, as well as a prepayment of $37.50. Hours vary, so call to check on available tea times. 

Photo courtesy of @UniquelyYoursTeaRoom Facebook.

Uniquely Yours Tea Room / The Butler House, 91 Main Street, Hickory 

Just 40 minutes outside of the city in Hickory is a totally immersive tea experience at Uniquely Yours Tea Room in The Butler House. You’ll enjoy an elegant afternoon high tea service in the beautifully appointed dining rooms, featuring antiques, lace and florals that elevate the tea parties of your childhood.

No detail is spared to transport you to a more elegant era, from the vintage china to the Ford Model A parked in front of the Washington County home. Many guests adorn themselves in their fanciest hats and gloves for the delightful tea, featuring a tower of savory and sweet treats.

Dishes include chicken salad croissants, finger sandwiches, petits fours, sweet breads, sugared fruit and warm scones served with Devonshire cream, jam and lemon curd. The mission of The Butler House is to provide respite from the busy outside world and responsibilities, and with that, this is an adult-only tea.

Reservations and prepayment are required at 412-257-8780. Tea service begins at $32 and it is served Thursday through Saturday.

Anne Perri Cole

Annie Perri Cole is a digital media specialist and works in television production. She's also a cactus maker for @plantladywannabe, co-creator of @housesofpittsburgh and mom of two, living in Pittsburgh's...