Charleston Tea Rooms offer a glimpse into how this mannerly city fetes the public through church tea rooms. Many of the receipts, or recipes to those who are from off, have been handed down and improved upon from one generation to the next.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Tea Room, one of the oldest, will be held April 3-7, 11:30 am-2 pm, at the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston. A delivery service to downtown locations and take-out lunches are available by calling 843-722-7921 or visit

Grace Episcopal Church Tea Room, on Wentworth St., is held May 29-June 2, and June 4-9, 11:30 am-2 pm. A gift shop, the Church Mouse Boutique, open from 10:30 am – 3 pm, is also available. For more information, call 843-723-4575 or visit

Second Presbyterian Church’s “Seconds Please” Tea Room, on Meeting St., is held in the Parish Hall, across the street from Wragg Square, on May 26 & 27 & June 2 & 3, from 11am-2 pm. For more information, call 843-723-9237 or visit