Everything you need to know about Madison’s premier tea room

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Family at Lanier House
Book a tea time at Lanier House for your next family outing. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Back in January, we were excited to announce Lanier House’s grand opening, and now that this Madison gem is in full swing, we’re happy to share all the inside tips for enjoying your tea time experience.

Read on to learn about seasonal menu items, the vibrant atmosphere, best times to visit and more.

The menu changes every month

Pouring tea
Every tier is a new experience at Lanier House. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

I can’t imagine Lanier House topping the menu I enjoyed during my visit. Delicious BLT sandwiches, fresh smoked salmon, delectable scones, homemade banana pudding, watermelon cupcakes and more—my mouth waters just thinking about it.

But this Madison hotspot isn’t content with just having one standout menu, and they rotate their cuisine every month. This means you could go 12 times a year and get a completely different (and amazing) experience each visit.

The atmosphere is classy + vibrant

Lanier House tea room
This tea room’s atmosphere is a wonderful combination of timeless and eclectic. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Madison’s Lanier House marries the old and the new. Plush vintage seating and traditional lighting playfully pair with fun wallpaper and hanging greenery.

While enjoying your tea, you’ll hear modern pop favorites remixed into classical tunes, creating an environment where all ages can come together.

Ready to experience Lanier House’s unbeatable atmosphere? Book your reservation today.

Weekdays provide the best experience

Girls at tea time
Lanier House is what dining should be—a relaxing and enjoyable experience. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Personal service is one of Lanier House’s top priorities. Upon arriving to the tea room, staff members greet you warmly and lead you to your table. Once you are seated, they kindly explain the menu’s content and structure.

Each tier of the tray has a theme and tea to accompany it. Check out the tea pairings I enjoyed during my visit:

  • Savory course—English Breakfast Tea
  • Scones + breads—Lemon Mint Tea
  • Desserts—Watermelon Tea

The Lanier House team explained why each tea paired well with its tier and which could benefit from a bit of cream. Each reservation runs 1.5 hours, so they’re able to take their time with each group of guests.

But keep in mind that Saturdays are the the tea room’s busiest day, so if you want the most relaxing experience, visit Tuesday-Friday.

Summer weekdays are the perfect days for tea time—book your reservation online.

Make a reservation before you go

Group of friends enjoying tea
Spots fill up fast—book your reservation now. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Because Lanier House provides such attentive service, reservations are required. Book in advance because spots fill up fast.

If you do not wish to partake in the three-tier afternoon tea experience, you can enjoy tea and cookies Tuesday-Friday on a walk-in basis with a non-reservation charge of $15. Walk-ins are not available on Saturdays.

Pricing for afternoon tea:

  • $27 for each adult
  • $20 for children (ages 5-10)
    • Includes three-tier tray + three teas

Pricing for private afternoon tea reservations (parties of 20+ persons):

  • Tuesday-Friday: $750
  • Saturday: $1000
    • Includes rental, food + tea for up to 35 guests

Where to find it

Lanier House in downtown Madison
You can find Lanier House right in quaint and historic downtown Madison. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

We’ve given you have all the tips and tricks you need to enjoy Madison’s premier tea house. Now, all you have to do is make a reservation.

Excited to experience Madison’s incredible new tea room? Go ahead and schedule your tea time and use these tips to have an unbeatable experience.

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