I went to high tea with my family (4 of us) and my boyfriend on a Saturday. A little about my experience....
First, I had reservations for just my mom, sister, and myself on Friday. My Dad's plane was early so I called to try and have the reservation moved to Saturday. When I called, the girl working informed me that this was not possible and I would be charged because we were less than 24 hours out. I informed her that I was not asked for any credit card information with my reservation, so I wasn't exactly sure how she was going to go about charging me. She then said we can get you in on Saturday for 5 at 4:30. I was a bit annoyed, as any reasonable person would be.
Upon arrival, the experience didn't get much better. I gave the hostess our name and she started to walk us towards the tea room. When we got there she exclaimed, "Are you ALL together?" I informed her that we were, and she said "well your reservation was for three." I explained to her that I had called the day before and changed the reservation to five people. She sighed, sent us to the bar, said she would have the waitress reset the table, and it would take about 5-10 minutes. After 10 minutes passed, my mom decided to go check things out. She went back into the dining room and asked our waitress how the table was coming. The waitress, very annoyed, said that our reservation was for three. (I thought we had already been through this disparity). My Mom had to argue with her for a few minutes just to get her to reset the table. Finally, she agreed and a few minutes later we were sat.
After we were sat, the waitress was kind and attentive, but clearly hungover. She still had the black "X" marks on her hand from the night before and her clothes looked like she just rolled out of bed. Needless to say, we found this to be charming.
The food, however, was the saving grace in this experience. The scones that came with the tea were amazing and I especially enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries.
So, in conclusion, if you are not from the South and want to experience something truly "Southern" I would suggest trying High Tea at the Carolina Inn, just make sure not to move your reservation!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.