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Reviewed November 30, 2020

My fiance and I came here on our honeymoon. She was craving boba tea and this was the only place I could find it in the area. Turns out, I'm glad I found this place in particular. There is a heavy fantasy / Lord of...the Rings / Harry Potter feel to this cute little place. We had a fantasy-themed wedding so this worked out perfectly. On top of that, the staff was super friendly, the food was great, and there was an incredible selection of tea to order or purchase for home brewing. This will definitely be a regular stop when we are in the area in the future!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

I have been a regular at Copper Kettle for several years and most regular since moving here full-time just over a year ago. While I have left a glowing 5-star rating previously I fully feel like their high tea deserves a review all its own....Don't get me wrong their everyday fare is still extraordinary and it's anything but just everyday offerings because they are always serving up freshly made and new food and tea mixtures to delight. However their high tea is a very special treat and one that I highly recommend for all. My daughter and her husband take their high tea seriously and have enjoyed them across the country as well as in places like London and Tokyo. They have even taken classes and instructions in teas and tea ceremonies. That said, Copper Kettle is one of all-time favorites and when visiting from Pennsylvania she makes this one a ritual part of her time here. The folks at Copper Kettle are very warm, welcoming and have created an extraordinary eclectic atmosphere inside that reminds me of an apothecary with the plethora of floor to ceiling small bins of bagged teas, many with samplers to sniff and an outdoors that is a mix of someone's back yard and a hobbit's shire. It's cool! You must make reservations for a high tea in advance since they setup your lovely and special table ahead of your arrival. The foods are all prepared just for you, presented on a tiered service, and includes courses of soup, finger sandwiches, fruits, scones and more to be followed by freshly prepared desserts and of course each person gets to choose their own choice of tea, either hot or cold, from their very extensive selection of teas. The attention to detail and quality of the food and service is a real joy that we always enjoy! The use of the word “high” marks it as different from a similar tradition of afternoon tea, where the tea happens in casual chairs or sofas that are lower and possibly more soft and relaxing. The phrases can be confusing, but afternoon tea and high tea are generally not interchangeable, though they do center around the serving of hot tea. It is a little known fact, but after its introduction to Europe in the 17th century tea was tremendously popular in France.  It first arrived in Paris in 1636 (22 years before it appeared in England) and quickly became popular among the aristocracy. Tea was so popular in Paris that Madame de Sign, who chronicled the doings of the Sun King and his cronies in a famous series of gossipy letters to her daughter, often found herself mentioning tea.  She wrote “Saw the Princesse de Tarente who takes 12 cups of tea every day which, she says, cures all her ills. Madame de Sign also reported that it was a Frenchwoman, the Marquise de la Sablie, who initiated the fashion of adding milk to tea.  “Madame de la Sablie took her tea with milk, as she told me the other day, because it was to her taste.”  By the way, the English delighted in this “French touch” and immediately adopted it. More interesting facts, regarding the genesis of tea in England: In 1662 King Charles II while in exile, married the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza and Charles had grown up in the Dutch capital, both he and his Portuguese bride were confirmed tea drinkers.  When the monarchy was re-established, they brought this foreign tea tradition to England with them.  Her influence made tea more popular amongst the wealthier classes of society, as whatever the royals did, everyone else wanted to copy.  Soon tea mania spread swept across England, and it became the beverage of choice in English high society, replacing ale as the national drink. (ale) As it relates to "high tea" in the 19th century according to legend, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope, known as the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of afternoon teatime. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon.At first the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs.  Adopting the European tea service format, she invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o’clock in her rooms at Belvoir Castle.  The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea.  This summer practice proved so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.”  The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other social hostesses. So there's a number of stories, legends and opinions that surround "high tea" and some profess that the practice, as my daughter embraces, is actually more of an American perpetuation that combines teas history. Whatever the case it's a special treat and many tea rooms and hotels that my sweetheart and I also quite enjoy. Bottom line: Copper Kettle serves excellent food and teas every day but high tea is a special treat that I highly recommend to everyone.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

This is our fifth time here. When we head to Orange Beach we always know we will have at least one lunch at the Copper Kettle. Neat little tea shop (coffee too) and thoughtfully served lunch. I had the pimento cheese today and coconut tea....Yummy!! Waiting for my fruit cheesecake now. Everyone enjoyed their lunch! Thanks for a pleasant eclectic place Copper Kettle.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed February 3, 2018

Went to Copper Kettle for the first time today. It exceeded all expectations!! You won't believe how many teas are available and if you have questions (like I did) the staff is very helpful in finding a tea that is right for you. The atmosphere...is fun and eclectic. The scones were amazingly wonderful. It's obvious that the staff love working there and love the products that are on the menu. Check out their special events on Facebook.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

If you are looking for a variety of teas, a good soup and a cup of good coffee, this is the place. If you are a beef and potatoes type, this is not the place for you. Good service with a unique variety of items...that you will not find at Sarbucks.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a great place to get a home cooked meal. Great service and the food is wonderful! Closed on Saturday so do not get your taste buds going or you will be disappointed. No other restaurant compares!

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Took my niece here for lunch. Of course the main reason people go is for their large assortment of teas. I had club sandwich and my niece had onion soup. We both had tea and then a tart for dessert. Food was yummy and they...had a large assortment of desserts . I found the cost to be a tad high. Service was good, staff friendly. Staff makes photos to be shared on fb. Can eat either inside or outside.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

This place feels like home! It takes you back to being a Grandma's house! The teas are amazing and so is everything I've eaten there! The hummus is great and so is the amazing soup blends they offer! The pickle soup happens to be my...favorite but the tomato bisque is wonderful too!More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed November 2, 2016

The Copper Kettle is one of my favorite places. It is located behind the park in Foley. They have a huge selection of teas and the food never disappoints. The staff are friendly and helpful. It's a great place to meet for a birthday party...or to go by yourself and read for hours. They also have themed teas (usually once a month) where you dress up according to the theme and there is live music and merriment in abundance. If you live close, you MUST go. If you are just visiting nearby, you MUST go.More

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Reviewed September 12, 2016

If you like tea, they have your favorite and some you probably never heard of. They will blend anything you want. Quaint little place for a light lunch and great deserts. People are very friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

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