Located in scenic Sussex County, NJ, Calico Rose Café is every girl’s childhood fantasy – it’s the ultimate tea party in a Victorian home with the cutest trinkets and gifts around. The café is overflowing with dozens of wild looking hats and accessories, turning what some might think to be a dull tea party into a place designed for laughs and girl-time. With Victorian crystal chandeliers and vintage decor, the space is the perfect blend of elegance and country hospitality.
We came out for lunch on a chilly Sunday and a pot of hot tea never sounded so good! I ordered the Ginger Peach blend (which comes in decaf or regular), but they had TONS of other flavors I was dying to try like Pomegranate Green and Darjeeling. The lunch menu was also pretty extensive, with a large selection of wraps, paninis, salads and fresh soups and quiche of the day. Naturally, I couldn’t decide what I wanted with so many options, so I opted for the popular Tea Sampler ($12.95). It was super adorable! The sampler came on four tiers, and had a house salad on the bottom, tiny tea sandwiches on the tier above, followed by assorted scones, tea breads and a nut muffin on the second tier, and finally tea cookies and Hershey’s kisses on top! The salad was light and refreshing with dried fruits and nuts, mandarin oranges, and crunchy noodles with a choice of dressing (I had ranch). The tea sandwiches were the perfect light bite and came in a few different varieties. The sampler also came with amazing strawberry butter and strawberry jam which I could have had by itself! Instead, I lathered up my tea sandwiches with both of them and chowed down.
Everything was perfect (and super cute), but the pastries were the best part! One was a homemade slice of pound cake that was so moist it was to DIE for! The tea cookies on top really sealed the deal for the ultimate tea room treat.
After lunch, we took a peek around the rest of the house which, which is called the Merry Go Round Gift Shop. We couldn’t believe how many cool things we saw! If you’re looking for a sweet, unique gift for a special occasion, this is the place to go. Each room in the house is full of cool things, from gardening accessories to tea pots and character themed salt and pepper shakers to candles and decorative glassware.
I don’t think it’s possible to come to the Calico Rose Tea Room and the Merry Go Round Gift Shop and not be in a good mood! If you’re looking for something different to do with your girlfriends or other special women in your life, this place is definitely worth the drive up Route 23.
Calico Rose Café
19 Route 23
Hamburg, NJ 07419