The Whimsical Tea Room In New Jersey That’s Like Something From A Storybook
New Jersey has well over a dozen tea rooms, each more charming than the next. A refined tradition from the Victorian era, formal teas faded away over the years but are back in all their splendor. While there are so many spots that I adore, one particular tea room stands out for its whimsical atmosphere and the exceptional experience that it offers guests.
The New Leaf Tea Room is located in historic Riverton, New Jersey and has been a local favorite for over 30 years. Just a short walk from the scenic Delaware River, the tea room is easily accessible from Pennsylvania off the Tacony Palmyra Bridge and from the rest of New Jersey from highways including the Burlington Pike (130), The New Jersey Turnpike and I-295.
The New Leaf Tea Room offers themed teas with entertaining musical, historical and theatrical presentations. In addition to a selection of over 35 savory teas, your meal will include their famous freshly baked scones, seasonal fruit, assorted tea sandwiches and decadent desserts. The atmosphere is sublime with rich tapestries and unique accents. A favorite feature is their large collection of Victorian-inspired hats which you are free to borrow during your tea.
Afternoon Tea (Luncheon Tea) is served Wednesday through Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – reservations are required. The New Leaf also hosts special events including a Candle Light Christmas Tea and a Charles Dickens Holiday Tea complete with a retelling of the magical story of the Christmas Carol, as told by Scrooge’s sister, Fan. The tea room will also host private events and children’s tea parties.
A visit here means more than just a magical meal – you won’t want to miss the gift shop. The gift boutique is filled with home decor, gourmet specialties, seasonal treasures, custom wreaths, collectibles, candles, and beautiful jewelry. Specializing in Tea accouterments, you will also find a varied array of teapots, teacups and saucers, publications, children’s tea sets, tea accessories as well as numerous varieties of loose leaf teas.
For a video tour of the property (taken in 2010), check out the video below by YouTube user thesassiwench:
You can find The New Leaf at 600 Main Street in Riverton. Reservations are not needed to visit the gift shop, which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. To find a charming tea room near you, check out this list of 13 charming tea rooms in New Jersey.