The Abbey Garden Tea Room


1312 11th Street
Bellingham , WA 98225
(360) 752-1752


Tues-Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


If you’re looking for a relaxing place to get a bite to eat and a cup of tea, then you should know about the Abbey Garden Tea Room in Fairhaven. Relaxation seems to be the theme of the place. When you walk through the door you’ll likely see people flipping leisurely through magazines, engaged in quiet conversation, or simply sipping tea and staring out the window.

You will probably also see people quietly engaged in painting--ceramic painting, that is. The Abbey Garden Tea Room occupies the same space as "Paint Expressions", a paint-your-own-ceramic studio. The cost of the unpainted ceramic ware that lines the walls includes paint and firing. Simply choose your piece, choose your paint, and settle down to your artistic endeavor.

If painting sounds too ambitious, you can simply have tea. Let me explain: this is "Tea" in the British sense of the word, complete with plates of little sandwiches, fruit, scones and little cookies. The Abbey Garden Tea Room offers a generous selection of "Teas", the most elaborate of which is the "High Tea", which includes quiche or a pastry, little tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, a dish of sorbet, dessert, and of course a pot of tea. If you’ve arrived with a friend, you can order "Tea for two". If you prefer to have something simpler, the Abbey Garden’s menu also offers salads, soups, cheese plates and other lighter-style lunch fare, all of which are consistently well prepared.

The list of tea to brew is extensive, with choices ranging from black tea to herbal and everything in between, and all the teas are of good quality. Choosing what to eat and which tea to drink is the most you’ll have to exert yourself at the Abbey Garden Tea Room. Once you’ve decided, just sit back in your deep, soft armchair, grab a copy of "Majesty" magazine or sit and watch the ceramic painters on the main floor, and relax.
Written By: Lisa Holt
On: 8/1/2000


Heading either south or north on 12th street, turn south onto Harris Avenue toward the Alaska ferry terminal, then take the first left. The Abbey Garden Tea Room is just before the parking lot on your right.


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