British Afternoon Tea in Philly

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that hubs and I have been watching a bunch of historical dramas such as Darkest Hour and 1917, or me simply wanderlusting (as usual), but I have all things British on the brain! I found myself reminiscing about the time the girls and I decided to “travel the world” in Philly about this very time last year! It was such a fun little project I’ll share in an entire post later, but one of the places we visited was “London” for some afternoon tea…

The Dandelion is yet another fabulous themed Steven Starr restaurant. It’s decorated like a quirky, little, intimate British pub. The ambiance and vibes are incredibly authentic. It’s just the cutest!

The Dandelion is located on the corner of 18th & Samson and you really can’t miss it. It has tons of lush greenery decorating the exterior. It’s actually one of my favorite corners in the entire city!

Afternoon tea is served daily from 3-5 pm. We found reservations not to be necessary during the week.

There are three options for beautiful tiered displays meant for two people to share. They range from $20-$50 depending on choice selection.

“Down The Rabbit Hole” includes two tiers of petite sammies and “A Royal Occasion” which, in addition to the sandwiches, also has canapés, pastries, tarts, and scones with Devon cream, lemon curd, and raspberry jam.

The girls chose “Who Stole The Tarts” which was a sweet display that included homemade raspberry tea cakes, delicious coconut crisps, chocolate pudding cake, shortbread, lemon cake, and more!

If you should fancy another round of treats, it’s just $10!

They do have a special “The Dormouse- High Tea For Tots”, but I would suggest this only for the real wee ones as it includes more juvenile bites such as grilled cheese and peanut butter and jams, etc.

We paired our goodies with a pot of honeybush and rooibos tea. It’s a wonderful non-caffeinated option for the kiddos. It’s nutty but also a bit sweet.

*Moms, if tea isn’t cutting it, perhaps add a glass of house champagne or rose mimosa!

The menu for additional quick snacks during this time changes seasonally. The spring menu was expectedly lighter. We enjoyed spiced mixed bar nuts and a fresh, lightly dressed signature Dandelion salad with avocado. Yum!

Their lunch and dinner menus include your favorite traditional British fare such as bangers & mash, fish & chips, Shepard’s pie, homemade puddings, etc.

They even host a special family-style roast dinner on Sunday evenings.

For Sunday brunch think scones, porridge, smoked salmon pate, carrot soup, English style cheese boards, and an English brekkie, but of course.

We dined in the dog-themed room, which the kiddos absolutely adored! It’s super cozy, has plush velvet pillows, dog portraits cover the walls, and everything is dog print, even the curtains!

What sets this afternoon tea apart from many is the fact that it’s not so girly and frilly dad will feel out of place!

Definitely take a look around the entire space after your meal. It’s so lovely…

A truly wonderful time was had by us all! The food was delish and the surroundings were perfection. We all look forward to many return visits!


The Gower Girls (& Dave)

P.S. If you’re looking for cute family films set in London, we adore Paddington and the newer Aeronauts, which is based on a true story!

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Sari Marissa aka Fab Philly Mom is passionate about sharing her travels and the fun she has in her city with her supportive husband and two super adventurous little girls.

Sari has traveled to 48 states, 36 National Parks, 25 countries, and 4 far!

Sari proudly recently graduated a 200hr YTT (yoga teacher training), was named Yelp’s Top Reviewer in Philly and has recently co-founded Philadelphia’s first official Challah For Hunger chapter.

There is never a time when Sari is not planning an adventure or discovering something awesome! Stay tuned...