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Afternoon Tea

Become Part of the Tradition of Afternoon Tea Service at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Afternoon Tea Reservations are required and available Thursday through Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tea reservations Monday through Wednesday may be honored for parties of 10 or more. Reservations and cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The Carolina Inn's long standing Afternoon Tea service embodies the customary practice of this ritual as done by generations past. The relaxed pace of ths time-honored tradition is a memorable experience, surely to be cherished by all.

Our dedicated Tea Hostess selects only the finest teas, offering different assortments every season. A traditional warm greeting from the south, our rich and flavorful Southern Pecan black tea is a tea-lovers favorite and served year-round. Delectable house-made accompaniments made by Carolina Inn's Executive Chef James Clark and Pastry Chef Sara Thomas include savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh baked scones served with our fresh, house-made lemon curd, English Devonshire cream, jams and preserves. 

Served in our cozy hotel lobby adorned with antique furniture or the elegant Piedmont Dining Room overlooking our garden terrace, guests can enjoy an ambiance of gracious gentility. Afternoon Tea service at The Carolina Inn is a truly unique event and should be on the "must do" list for guests of our Chapel Hill Inn.

Royal Tea:

Add a special touch to your afternoon respite by treating yourself to a glass of sparkling wine with a tantalizing selection of sweets, tea sandwiches, scones and tea. 

Classic Tea:

Indulge in three assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets per person, chocolate covered strawberries and scones.

Little Prince and Princess Tea:

Our Tea Hostess and Executive Pastry Chef Sara Thomas will gladly adjust their menu to flatter the tastes of our young patrons. We welcome children to experience the grace and charm of our Afternoon Tea and partake in this cherished tradition. 

Bridal Tea:

Bridal Tea is perfect for the bride-to-be and her bridal party. Relax and unwind with scones and a choice of three assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets per person. Bridal Tea also comes with a complimentary glass of champagne for the bride-to-be.

Dress Code:

Casual Elegance - Business or Resort Casual.


Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance directly by calling 919.918.2735 or by email at Please call at least 24 hours to cancel an existing reservation to avoid charges on your credit card.    


  • Bridal Tea $35
  • Royal Tea $34
  • Classic Tea $25
  • Little Prince & Princess Tea (Ages 4 - 12) $15

Afternoon Tea Special Events

Please call 919.918.2735 or email to inquire about holding your next special event at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. Our elegant Private Piedmont Dining Room is an ideal setting for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to birthdays and casual gatherings of family and friends. We can tailor our Afternoon Tea menu to suit your group's needs and make your special occasion in Chapel Hill a memorable one.


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