About The Spot of Tea

Tony Moore and the entire staff at the Spot of Tea wish to give great big thanks to our customers, suppliers and friends for their support.  We are so proud of our success and want to continue giving our best to each of you.

The charming ritual of afternoon tea is believed to have been originated by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857) at Belvoir Castle.  Every afternoon she expressed "sinking feelings" between lunch and the fashionable late dinner hour (sometime served as late as 9 p.m.)  Anna requested a tray of sandwiches, pastries, and a pot of tea be sent to her boudoir to sustain her until dinner.  Soon the Duchess invited other ladies to join her and they began to have tea in their homes also.  By the early 1800s afternoon tea was quite a social occasion and well-established British custom.  Whether a Spot of Tea shared by two or an elegant and social high tea for many, both speak of friendship and a drink that warms the heart.

Spot of Tea has been in business for ninteen years and has grown throughout time.  Our complex has much to offer, including a New Orleans Style Carriageway  and Beautiful Sidewalk Café.

Description of the menu:
“BRUNCH” seven days a week.  After nineteen years in business “Spot of Tea” has finally gone Bananas.  We now have a Bananas Foster French Toast and Banana Waffles, as well as our signature breakfast choice, which is Eggs Cathedral (English Muffin with crab cake, eggs, and seafood sauce).  Omelets, Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and Waffles, Soups, Sandwiches, and Salads.  The sweet tea we serve has been called the table wine of the South; it is a delicious Strawberry Tea.  At special events we put half of a strawberry on top of the glass.  Our Strawberry Tea has been awarded our city’s Readers Choice Award for two years in a row.  Our Loaded Potato Soup has been named our signature soup and  voted Mobile's most popular soup 5 years running.

History of Our Building:
This Landmark was erected in 1836, back in the late 1800’s it was a stable for carriages, which is why we named one of our rooms “Carriageway”.  The Building housed a Dry Cleaners for 49 years and a Department store for 83 years.  Ruby and her son Tony opened the Spot of Tea in 1994.  When we first opened our doors we could only seat 29 guests, after the first eight months it was either close our doors or expand, so as you can see we have expanded four times.  This landmark is 168 years old. The beautiful building has a lot of charm.

Description of exterior of the Spot of Tea Historic Building:
This landmark is located within the Lower Dauphin Street Commercial Historic District (LDSCHD), a historic district located on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Georgian edifice of brick with its dormer windows makes the Spot of Tea, “The Place To Be”.  The upper floor with its long balcony and tall French doors serves as a specious apartment for the owner.  We now have a “Sidewalk Café” with eight tables with umbrellas.  Our Winter Guest (snowbirds) from England and the North as well as our hometown guest love to sit in the Sidewalk Café.  2003 brought a “Crosswalk” with two tables on the other side of the street that connects the Spot of Tea with Cathedral Square.
 
Description of the Spot of Tea interior of building:
Our Main Dining Room has a seating capacity of 70.  This room overlooks Cathedral Square.  The Carriageway has a seating capacity of 50 and the floors in this room were installed by Mr. Bellingrath, as a matter of fact this same tile pattern is in his home at Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile.  And now to the fun part, we have taken the warehouse in the rear of 310 and made it into a very nice special events room, we call it

Spot of Tea Lounge Dining
Our Spot of Tea Lounge Dining area has a seating capacity of 150.  We have equipment to serve a formal Sit-Down Dinner complete with white table linens and napkins.  If your party desires Heavy H'ors d'oeuvres come on in we can accommodate you there as well. 

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