Boonville resident opens authentic tea room
For the second day on Tuesday, Boonville resident Kriss Royer was putting her cooking expertise and knowledge to work in the newly opened High Street Victorian Tea Room located at 519 High Street. The tea room serves over 34 varieties of tea along with an assortment of soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche, scones, crumpets and all sorts of dessert. The tea room is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday though Saturday.
Royer, along with her husband Gene, decided to transform their ground floor Victorian home into a full tea room to serve right along with their bed and breakfast. The parlor and dining room contain tables for guests, which are all dressed in white table cloths. Tea is served in authentic tea cups and saucers.
The tea is not a typical dried and bagged tea. Instead, tea leaves are placed in a holder for a fresher taste.
“These are fresh tea leaves, which are ordered overseas. We get them as quick as they can be shipped from the time the leaves are picked,” Royer said.
The teas Royer offers has different qualities about them.
Upon entering the tea room, guests are greeted by Kayla McGuire, the waitress for the tea room. McGuire takes the orders and makes sure everyone is doing well.
On Tuesday, one of the specials included an all-house-made Victorian Tea along with a tea dedicated to the University of Missouri Tigers. All food accompanying the tea is made from scratch and on Tuesday, specials consisted of Victorian Mixed Vegetable and Bacon and Potato soups. A full menu is available to those not interested in the specials.
"There is enough variety that even those with food sensitivities to eggs, gluten, dairy, will find items on the menu that even they can eat,” Royer said.
“We got some great comments today. People loved the food, especially the 'Death by Chocolate' dessert, which was the favorite,” Royer said.
Royer also had some some to-go orders on Tuesday. She said she was happy about how the day went.
“One of the gals who picked up some dessert for the night and breakfast in the morning could not wait any longer and so she ate the food and posted it on Facebook. She said she loved the food,” said Royer.
She added that people told her the experience was classy and nice, a place people could come and dress up for.
Future endeavors may include teaching individuals about tea along with offering tea parties.
The tea room will be open for daddy-daughter dates, mother-daughter dates, bridal and baby showers, birthday celebrations, anniversary celebrations, office parties and lunches.
“I am planning to have English tea parties and offer high tea as well,” Royer said.
In addition, Royer will be offering gifts for sale in the library of the home.
More than a couple decades ago the High Street Victorian was known as the Red Door Restaurant.